Game of Thrones embroidery panel

Great blog from Kathy Eagle ……..

The Game of Thrones embroidery a 3D panel measuring 6 x 4 metres will be on show at Ali Pally this autumn.

The three dimensional project depicts one of the most intense battle scenes in TV history – the massacre of Hardhome. Featuring intricate skills of hand embroidery including Appliqué, Raised Embroidery and Beading, and used custom made fabrics to add depth, texture and gravitas.

The embroidery was made in 3 months by a collaboration between RSN Embroiders Guild Hand & Lock and Fine Cell work

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Exhibition at Midsomer Quilting

Today I visited Midsomer Quilting with two friends to see the exhibition by Jan Hassard of  some of her heritage quilts, together with many examples of her own work.

You really don’t want to miss this exhibition.  It is beautifully presented  and mixes the old with the new.  Among the heritage quilts are examples of French quilts, African American quilts, Canadian quilts, Welsh quilts and English quilts.  There is an example of french boutis quilting (all in white and charmingly displayed in front of a small window).

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Jan is there most of the time and has a vast knowledge about her collection.  She is happy to tell you anything you might ask.  You are also able to don a white glove and inspect the backs of the quilts.  This is really worth doing as the back can be very revealing.  Feed sacks were sometimes used to back the quilts.

Most Bristol Quilters will be familiar with Jan’s own exquisite work and her quilts looked marvellous in this setting.  She is, of course, well known for her use of colour and the quilts are displayed to show this and to enable the visitor to marvel at the intricate patterns she creates.

I took the photos on my phone so, as always, apologies for the quality.

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Jan Hassard Exhibition

Our own Jan Hassard has an exhibition at Midsomer Quilting (about time too)

Below is the flyer, but the details are that the exhibition  is from Friday 19th August to Monday 29th August and the shop will be open every day.  A great opportunity to see a huge amount of Jan’s work and some of her heritage quilt collection all in one place!

Jan Hassard - Quilting Exhibition August 2016


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Glamorgan Quilters 35th Anniversary Exhibition

Glamorgan Quilters 35th Anniversary Exhibition
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July 2016
United Free Church, Westgate, Cowbridge CF71 7AQ

From the Cenotaph, which is in front of the Town hall and opposite the entrance road to Waitrose, the United Free Church is about 600 yards on the right hand side in the direction of Bridgend. You need to walk past all the shops and past the road which is signposted to the leisure centre. The church is then a about a hundred yards on the right. Please note the church is not set on the front of the road. You will go through iron gates and through a narrow passageway into the garden and the church will be ahead of you.

Cutting Edge Textile Group WW1 Quilt Exhibition
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July 2016
11am – 4pm
Old Hall, Cowbridge CF71 7AH

Again from the Cenotaph, the Old Hall is 300 yards in the direction of Bridgend. It is on the left hand side of the road. Pass the shops and after Barclays bank you will see an Archway that takes you to the Old Hall grounds and the library. Go through the archway and the entrance door to the Old Hall is immediately on your right hand side.

Other highlights:
There is a small display of Glamorgan Quilters work and crafts in the display cabinet in the entrance to Cowbridge Library
…..and there is a small display of Glamorgan Quilters work in the Ty Hafan’s shop window on Cowbridge High Street

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New fabric shop

There is a new fabric shop in Fairfax Street in Bristol

the email address is:

(The link is on the Links Page)

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Art in Action

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We had a great day out to Art in Action yesterday.

We couldn’t have picked a better day for weather – it was glorious and made such a difference to our pleasure.

Sadly my phone died on me and I was unable to take any photographs as I had planned.  Luckily Ceri was on the ball and has forwarded some great pics – especially of the wonderful gardens at Waterperry.

There was a lot to see – In the textile tent there was a young woman called Harriet Riddell who was stitching portraits “while you wait”.

I particularly liked the Illustration and Lettering Arts tent – with Simon Sonsino who creates wonderful pieces based on lettering, but not calligraphy as you might expect it.  There were several stands demonstrating the art of paper cut outs – some quite extraordinary.  Sarah Morpeth is worth looking up.

There was printmaking in all forms; glass and glass-blowing; painting (I liked the work of Este Macleod); metalwork (from jewellery to some fascinating creations by Lisa Wisdom using decaying corrugated iron sheeting; ceramics; shoemaking; music and performing arts etc. etc.  I will have left a lot out.

Nature in Art was there and several people got back onto the coach clutching a plant or two!

There were also lots of places to eat and drink (including a Pimms Tent) and the sun was shining…..

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Edwina McKinnon gave us a wonderful talk this month and showed us lots of quilts that she has produced over the last few years.  It would have been very difficult not to have been inspired by her ideas, talent and enthusiasm.  Here are a few photos from the evening.  You can see the variety!

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Her workshop during the day was fantastic – I will blog about it later as I want to get some “after” photos to post as well as those taken on the day.

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