Posts Tagged ‘art quilt’

Last week in the middle of our mini heatwave I had a day out to Withernsea Lighthouse with my friend Debbie to see the ‘From Withernsea With Love’ exhibition. It’s a collaboration between Karen Turner who is a talented textile artist and Dean Wilson, a local poet and lover of pebbles and other beachcombed items. Debbie has blogged about our trip here with much better photos and text, so I’ll just say that we had a fabulous day, the beachcombing was excellent, the fish and chips delicious and the exhibition was well worth the trip.

Karen’s stitching is exquisite. I’m lucky enough to own two of her completely hand stitched quilts and there was something familiar yet different about her pebbles quilt, featuring forty nine of Dean’s pebble finds.

Each pebble is surrounded by a ring of stitching like a halo and they are instantly recognisable from the photos and the stones themselves, displayed in the nearby cabinet.

She also embroidered exquisite copies of some of the pieces of sea washed pottery that Dean also found and they were displayed with the pottery in a glass fronted corner cabinet that made them almost impossible to photograph.

However, each piece was detailed in a sketchbook…

…which was as fascinating and beautiful as the pieces themselves.

After our climb up the 144 steps of the lighthouse, fish and chips and obligatory beachcomb, we retired to the shady lighthouse garden with a drink from the on site café and I did some stitching on a piece of felt I recovered from a felted vessel I made ages ago which I had never been happy with.

I ironed it flat and cut it into a curved shape before blanket stitching it with a very brightly coloured variegated thread which happily was toned down by the felt.

Then I finished off the woven spiders’ webs I’d planned to encrust it with.

Liking it much better now.

I believe the ‘From Withernsea With Love’ exhibition is on until early October but only at weekends now. Well worth a trip in the the wilds of Holderness, especially if you enjoy beachcombing and eating fish and chips on the beach!!

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The blocks  for the Rusting Fragments quilt are building up nicely and every so often I put them together in no particular order to have a look at how they work – or don’t – together.

Rusting fragment blocks 1

It’s always interesting to see how each fragment, worked separately but with an overall theme in mind, works with the others.

The difference between the permatanned polycotton background of the darning needle fans and the very distinct areas of rust or no rust on the vintage cotton of the ruched and turquoise rings blocks is much more marked when they’re alongside.

Rusting fragment blocks 2

These are the seven completed blocks so far, including the commercially dyed cotton that I wasn’t sure about.

Rusting fragment blocks 3

A lot of meandering paths is the first thing I notice. And I’m still not sure whether I like that strong reddish block. Not sure I dislike it either though…

Rusted Fragments blocks 4

Another thing to bear in mind is that the block will be separated by turquoise sashing, so that will alter the way they work together as well.

Remember there is still time (until the end of today, Saturday 9th February) to enter the giveaway for my Wintry kimono fabric book by leaving a comment here.

Wintry fabric book 10

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The ruched rusted fabric block for my rusting art quilt is finished. It went from this, where I was trying to ruch as I went with french knots:

Ruched block 1

To this, where I used tiny stitches to catch the fabric down before I ruched it, making the job of setting french knots much easier:

Ruched block 2

Gradually the french knots crept across the fabric…

Ruched block 3

…nestling into corners and crevices…

Ruched block 4

…settling into clumps and clusters…

Ruched block 5

Another element of the art quilt completed.

I wasn’t sure whether to sprinkle it with some tiny turquoise coloured seed beads, but when I put it next to the turquoise rings block I’d already completed,

Ruched block with turquoise rings block

I felt that turquoise elements on every block could be too much, so the ruching will stay earthy and low key.

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