Tuesday 26 August 2014

Big Textile Show

Don't forget the Big Textile Show

Saturday 27th September  10 - 5 pm
Sunday 28th September 10 - 4 pm

at Leicester Grammar School

For more details re entrance fees,workshops and parking  go to thebigtextileshow.co.uk 

Thursday 21 August 2014

Workshops Jacquie Durber, Philippa Naylor and Amanda Hall (Monkey Buttons)

There are places available on the following workshops.

20th September Jacquie Durber - Bag Day

2nd October Philippa Naylor - Machine Traputo

Learn how easy and versatile machine trapunto can be, using regular straight stitch and free-motion techniques. A fabulous way of adding sculptural dimension to your work. Discuss material and equipment preferences, and gain insight into original and distinctive quilting patterns. After extensive demonstrations students produce a trapunto sample quilt using the techniques Philippa employs in her own work. Patterns are provided. 

5th & 6th November - Amanda Hall (Monkey Buttons)

Kangaro Bag

Winter Splender

Lesley & Linda Bag

Home Comfort

Currently spaces are available for all these workshops, how to sign up can be found on the workshop page.

September Speaker

A Textile Journey  - Magie Relph

Magie Relph is a quilter, textile artist, teacher and author. Since 1984 she has travelled throughout Africa studying, documenting and buying African textiles. In the 1990s she opened her battered cardboard suitcase of wax prints to her quilt group and her fair trade ‘accidental business' - The African Fabric Shop - was born. As an artist, she combines traditional, pictorial and experimental use of fabrics to create original wall hangings and quilts. Not surprisingly, you'll find African influences and fabrics in many of her pieces.  Her first book - African Wax Print: A Textile Journey - provides a wealth of information and inspiration for textile artists, quilters, embroiderers, spinners, weavers, dyers - indeed anybody who loves and uses textiles.

In her talk “A Textile Journey” she focuses on a fabric that has become a defining metaphor of African design, fashion and expression, Africa Wax Print.  Not to mention quilts made from the fabrics.

The African Fabric Shop will also be available for visitors and members to add to their fabric stashes.