Looking Forward, Looking Back

The successful Vintage Style Fair has now finished at the Minerva Arts Centre and tomorrow our second exhibition of the year opens.  This one is by the Mid Wales Embroiderers group which meets monthly here in Llanidloes.  They are a small group of enthusiastic embroiderers who also organise day workshops and speakers on topics related to embroidery. Members’ abilities are many and varied – whilst some enjoy traditional hand stitching, others push the boundaries. Here are a couple of pieces to whet your appetite.  I’ll post more during the exhibition.

 

Quilt Association City and Guilds Graduates

“I feel quite sad now that it is over. I have thoroughly enjoyed my course, all of it, some parts more than others, at each stage I have been inspired, and enjoyed the challenge.  I have grown in so many ways, but especially confidence.”

Recently, several students have graduated from our City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Patchwork and Appliqué. They produced some outstanding work, as varied as their own personalities. During their online studies, they have filled sketchbooks as they learned about the elements of design – 

They have practised design development – 

and learnt practical skills such as traditional stitching techniques, Procion MX dyeing and free-motion quilting – 

and produced beautiful finished items focused on Patchwork and on Appliqué –

We had some lovely feedback from the graduates, (as well as the quote at the start of this post)  saying such things as;

“I learned a lot during the course and did things I would never before have                a) thought of doing or                                                                                                        b) thought were things I was capable of, probably just because I didn’t know how. In future if I come up with an idea, I will be more inclined to find out how things are done and can I acquire the tools needed rather than saying “that’s not for me”

“You have been a super tutor and your course is quite outstanding…wonderfully constructed and designed.”

“I have really enjoyed the course and learnt so much”

Some of you will have heard that City and Guilds are about to radically change their creative provision.  No one is sure yet exactly what they intend, but we do know that we can continue to register new students on our programme, which is 7161 from the Creative Techniques pathway,  until 2018.  If you are thinking of taking a City and Guilds course don’t delay.  We continue to be the best value online provider, with our price held despite increases in administration costs.

 

Linda Paris Print and Stitch Workshop Day 2

Although this two day workshop was entitled Print and Stitch, we were all so keen to carry on working with the thermofax screens that very little stitching got done at all, except by Linda who demonstrated how she puts her pieces of work together.  This included an insight into the design process which many of us felt was really helpful.  Looking at the course participants you could see a variety of distinct themes and colour palettes being developed as the day went on.

I think what all of us appreciated most was Linda’s generosity.  She shared her skills, ideas, techniques, skills, fabric and equipment so willingly.  She was also very generous with her time, supporting everyone individually whilst at the same time allowing us free rein to just get on in whatever direction we chose.  The atmosphere in the room was amazing –  a group of people sharing time, space and equipment very harmoniously and getting lots done.  Thank you so much, Linda.  You were an inspiration!

Linda Paris Print and Stitch Workshop – Day 1

What a great start to this two day workshop!!  Those of us who attended had such a fabulous time using thermofax screens to print on paper and fabric (and ourselves!). The excitement in the room was palpable once Linda (above) began to show us what the possibilities were, using both ink and discharge paste to create our images.  Everyone was keen to try out the wide variety of screens that Linda had brought with her and once we got into the swing of it there was often complete silence in the room, so absorbed were we in our work.  We ate lunch ‘on the hoof’ and the tea trolley was rather neglected as everyone wanted to produce as much as possible in the time available.  Here are some photos of the day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t worry ladies!!  If I didn’t catch you on camera today I’ll rectify that on Day 2 on Tuesday.  Now that we kind of know what we’re doing, we’ve got a few days to let our ideas coalesce ready for our final designs.  Watch this space.

Spring forward

Well, the clocks went forward last weekend and doesn’t it make a difference!  More daylight hours to do all the things we’ve been putting off and hopefully a bit of sunshine to do them in.  I’m getting this blog post down now because I know that, come tomorrow evening (given my inability to keep myself clean) I will be up to my elbows in printing ink after the first day of Linda Paris’ Print and Stitch workshop.  I can’t wait to get started and I’ll keep you updated at the weekend on progress so far. Then on Tuesday we’re going to be putting some stitch to fabric.  We still have room to squeeze you in if you want to come.

Saturday sees the opening of our first Vintage Fair of the year which runs from 1st – 12th April.  It always amazes me how many things are there that I have to restrain myself from buying.  If I got my act together I could probably fill my own stand.  For any fan of all things vintage it’s like an Aladdin’s cave of treasures: china, clothing, books, records, furniture, jewellery – the list is endless.  Come and see for yourself.  Open every day except Sundays.

Our next workshop will be the one tutored by Rosie James on 6th May and we still have places but they’re filling up fast.  Likewise the ones led by Cas Holmes, Hilary Beattie and Sylvia Paul.  If you’re interested in those and our summer workshops (Ruth Singer and Bobby Britnell) see our Workshops page for more details and information on how to book.

 

QGBI Region 12 Area Day

Last Saturday Region 12 of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles held its Powys’ Area Day in Llanidloes at the Minerva Arts Centre. The event was very well attended with several participants travelling quite a distance.  Members were welcomed by Jean Pegg, Chairman of the Quilt Association. There was a Show and Tell session where members talked about their wonderful quilts, including Heather Cardwell, one of the Quilt Association’s City and Guilds Graduates.  Doreen Gough, one of our Trustees, showed and talked about several of the quilts in our collection.  Those who attended were kept busy during the day stitching hexagons to be used for making Christmas decorations.  here are a few photos of the day.

Christine’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary quilt

Gill Lougher’s 100 year old quilt top from Llandeilo

A 1920s log cabin quilt from the QA’s collection

A red and white nine patch quilt with flowers appliquéd on squares made near Llanidloes – part of the QA collection.

Doreen Gough showing one of the QA’s collection of quilts.

Participants listening to Gwyneth Rose and stitching hexagons – multi-tasking in action!

Jane Davies’ strip quilt.

Jean Pegg (right) Chairman of the Quit Association, welcomes the QGBI Region 12 members.

Meeting in progress.

Time for a well earned lunch!

Heather Cardwell’s sampler quilt. Heather is a graduate of the QA’s City and Guilds Level 2 Patchwork and Applique programme.

Workshops

We still have some places left on two workshops at the Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes, which is currently a very blustery place as Storm Doris passes through but will undoubtedly be bathed in sunshine when the workshops take place!!

The first workshop opportunity is a two-day event led by Linda Paris on 31st March and 4th April.  Called Print and Stitch, the workshop will (on day one) give you techniques for successful printing with Thermofax screens.  On day two you will work with your printed fabric to produce a finished item.

The second workshop is on Saturday May 6th with Rosie James, is called Photo:Stitch and during the day you will learn to make a stitched drawing from a photograph – great fun which could turn into a family heirloom!

 

Full details of both on our Workshops page.

For more information about Linda Paris click here

For more information about Rosie James click here 

Gatherings

Our first gathering of the year will be on Saturday 11th March, when the Minerva Arts Centre hosts the Powys Area Day for the Quilters Guild.

Our own curator and trustee, Doreen Gough, is the speaker and she will be showing some of the Quilt Association’s collection of vintage quilts and some new acquisitions.Tea, coffee and cake will be available. Bring a packed lunch and your latest project for show and tell. For admission costs and timings, see our Exhibitions and Events page

There will also be entry to A Quiet Gathering, our forthcoming exhibition which runs from 11th – 19th March.  In a change to our advertised programme we are delighted to be the venue for this exhibition by a small but talented group of artists from Mid Wales.  Although most of our exhibitions and events are textile based, it’s really nice to see the work of other creative people in our area and to be a hub for like-minded people.  A friend told me the other day that ‘back in the day’ Minerva Arts Centre was used for music gigs and was a very popular venue!  The exhibition features the work of the following very talented artists:

 

Peter Jenkins – A quiet way of gathering: a photo essay of a local shepherd who gathers his sheep on horseback.

 

 

Jeb Nichols – Winter Light. A series of lino cuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krysia Bass – textile artist.

 

 

 

Marian Partington – All my relations: embroideries.

 

 

 

Cath Allen – textile artist.

 

 

 

The exhibition also features a collection of work by Barbara Richter – Drawing my life: life drawings.

This exhibition is the first in a series we have planned for 2017 and we do hope to see you there.

Ruth Singer at The Quilt Association

We were absolutely delighted to welcome textile artist Ruth Singer to Llanidloes yesterday. Ruth, winner of the Fine Art Masters at the Festival of Quilts 2016, was visiting us to do preparatory work for our Summer Exhibition at which she will be displaying some of her wonderful work and tutoring a three-day Summer School on Experimental Quilting Techniques.

 

Our trustees were on hand to bring the quilts out of the storeroom and then refold and replace them after Ruth had finished her research.  Ruth photographed and made notes on the quilts and fragments and it was fascinating to work with her and listen to what she had to say about each one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can see what a long day it was by the number of boxes we got out in the picture below but from our point of view it was so rewarding to see our collection being used and appreciated by a leading textile artist.  Thank you so much for coming Ruth.  We’re so looking forward to seeing your work hanging in our gallery and to your Summer School in August.

If you want to find out more about the Exhibition and Summer School click onto the relevant areas of our website.

To find out more about Ruth Singer go to her website https://ruthsinger.com/