Open Studios 2017

A colourful workshop with members of the Much Wenlock WI brought Open Studios 2017 to a delightful end today. Textile stories and techniques have been exchanged as those who stitch do! Thank you for all my lovely visits.

And I said goodbye to my blackbirds as they went off to a new home.

Happy Open Studios 2017

Ow Bist Project with the Qube, Oswestry

I have had another fabulous time running textile workshops for The Ow Bist Project this week. The Project is run by the Qube in Oswestry and gives people in rural areas the opportunity of joining in on a range of creative workshops.

At one of the workshops someone shared their collection of exquisite textiles which included a Shamans robe from China. Inspiration aplenty!

 

 

The project was made possible with a grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

If you would like more information on the project, go to http://www.qube-oca.org.uk and look for Special Projects.

Open Studios and Exhibitions

These garden birds and other work can be seen at my home studio and at The Willow Gallery next month as part of Open Studios in and around Oswestry. (10th/11th & 17th/18th June) There will be demonstrations and I may have cake!

And some of my embroideries will be flying further afield this Autumn as part of the following two exhibitions.

Birds of Wales Exhibition 16th September – 5th November at Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey

Winter Curiosities 2nd December – end of January at Twenty Twenty, Much Wedlock

http://www.borderlandvisualarts.com

http://www.birdsofwales.org

http://www.twenty-twenty.co.uk

 

Stitched books

With a little mixed media and plenty of stitch, I’m very happy with these finished books. I worked the various layers across the base fabric, and didn’t define the ‘pages’ until the very end. The covers are more detailed with a title, running stitch and bullion knots.

I like them as they are but would quite like to open them out and frame them too! Choices, choices.

They will be in The Willow Gallery, Oswestry, from next week. (unframed)

If you would like to make your own Mixed media / stitched Book, join me for a workshop at The Qube, Oswestry on Wednesday, 5th July.

info@qube-oca.org.uk / 01691 656882

Stitch, create and be happy.

Garden visitors

 

Finished yesterday, this piece is definitely not bashful! With all the bursts of yellow daffodils and some handsome visitors to my garden, I definitely had a Spring time tale to tell. A wonderful excuse to use some of my most vibrant fabrics and threads for piecing and stitching these colourful characters.

And for now, back to the sewing machine to tackle the blossom that is in full bloom.

Happy Stitching.

Stitched books and blackbirds

I know Spring is in the air when the blackbirds make themselves known in and around the garden and hedgerows. I couldn’t resist their charms this year so they are featuring in a new stitched book. There is a sneak peek of the first layer below along with one I did earlier! It will be a mixed media piece and will take the form of a concertina with a little bit of running stitch to finish off.

You can join me for a workshop on Saturday, 1st April to make your own stitched book at Castle Court Quilter, Whittington, Oswestry. For further details or to book, contact myself at suzettesmart1@btinternet.com or Tel 07966983868

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Natural Inspiration

Inspiration is sometimes in short supply during the month of January. The skies are grey and Christmas feels like a long time ago. So I dig deep into boxes of fabric and threads and take a closer look at the landscape around me. Plants, animals and birds soon have me piecing and stitching away. A new must buy of recycled sari silks helps too!

 

Next week I will be out and about visiting Staffordshire Patchworkers and Quilters with more tales of inspiration behind the stitch. Please see their website for further details.

And finally, a couple of workshop dates for your diary.

Birds or flowers at Castle Court Quilter, Whittington on Saturday, 18th February, 2017. Experiment with a variety of fabrics for collage and use free machine embroidery for mark making and drawing to create a piece of work with either birds, flowers or both! Times 10am to 4pm / Cost £40

 

Within a landscape at The Willow Gallery, Oswestry on Saturday, 13th May, 2017. Experiment with a variety of fabrics for collage and use free machine embroidery for mark making and drawing to create a piece of work inspired by the landscape. Times 10am to 4pm / Cost £40

A belated happy New Year and happy stitching x

Stitching news

These pieces along with others will be in exhibition later next year. With work pinned and hung around me, the ideas and stories are easy to develop. A little observation at the bird table helps too.

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As for this forthcoming weekend, I’m looking forward to stocking up at the Knitting and Stitching Show @ Harrogate. A new thread or piece of fabric can add something new and unexpected.

I’m also excited to see Anne Kelly’s Gallery where I will find this piece of work. A stitched tale of two lovebirds.

The two lovebirds

Happy stitching

 

 

Queen Anne’s lace

May must be one of my favourite months as the trees and hedgerows are dense with blossom and cow parsley. That’s why I couldn’t resist stitching this new emboidery.

An alternative name for cow parsley is Queen Anne’s lace, so it was quite fitting that a little bit of lace found it’s way in.

Borders and hedgerows workshop on Wednesday, 21st September. See dates for the diary for further details.

Happy stitching.