Showing posts from March, 2017

Sewing for Pleasure 2017

Whilst we were at Sewing for Pleasure last week, we had some spare time to wander and look at some of the wonderful exhibits on show. It's a fantastic show to see creative textile artwork at its best. Claire Muir had a stand exhibiting her fantastic needle work and head pieces. These fascinators and head pieces are all hand made by Claire, in her studio in Kings Heath, Birmingham. The designs use a technique called Free Motion Embroidery, whereby she moves the fabric around the sewing machine by hand, slowly building up layers and creating the lace design. No machine embroidery used here! This is a brand new fascinator that Claire has recently finished. A stand out piece that took many hours to complete, but doesn't it look fantastic? Perfect for any special occasion! Claire also runs classes and workshops from the Kings Heath shop. Here's how you can get in touch: Claire Muir Commissions, Talks & Workshops 17 - 23 Poplar Road Kings Heath Birmingha

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia, London 2nd – 5th March 2017

The Quilters’ Guild once again had a big presence at this year’s Olympia K&S Show , with an exhibition of contemporary quilts, a Guild information stand and our regular Free Drop-In Workshop. Each year, hundreds of visitors take part in our workshop, where they receive 1-1 tuition on how to make a simple patchwork block.  Once the block is complete, they take it to the design wall and try out different pattern layouts using the blocks that other participants have already placed there. We teach a different block each year, so this year we showed the visitors how to make a ‘Corner in the Cabin’ block.  The block is a variation on the basic ‘Log Cabin’ design, where the centre square has been moved into one corner of the block, with strips of fabric (or logs) added alternately to only two sides of the square. We have six sewing machines in the workshop, all generously provided by Brother each year, plus a workspace for those who prefer to stitch by hand.  There is a voluntee