Thursday, 25 August 2016

Looking ahead ... Let's start sewing

I'm just back from selling some of my beloved quilts and textiles at a lovely fair in the Cotswolds. Such a beautiful place near Stow on the Wold and Burford. We had a 2.5 hour journey which wasn't too bad but the  wind was awful and we missed a falling tree within an hour of passing it eek.Thankfully no one was hurt.
There were quite a selection of lovely stalls there, a few of my most favourites who feature at fairs near to my home town. So I felt in very good company.

The Cotwolds is definitely quilt country, such lovely people came and visited my stall and they certainly love quilts like I do.

It was just lovely to find  so many people that are as enthusiastic as me for scraps and love to sew. I had a few quilt scraps and remnants which went done very well, and my last 2 remaining sample quilt bags that I have been coveting for a few years were snapped up within seconds of each other. I thought it's time to let them go ( I've been saying that about a lot of things really).
So it's goodbye to my heart bag, but I'm off to make some updated versions and maybe one for me.
While I'm at my old faithful sewing machine I need get ready for Christmas. Yes I said it. But fail to prepare, prepare to fail.



Tuesday, 9 August 2016

The Cotswolds Vintage Fair 20th August 2016

The Cotswold Vintage Fair is on the 20th August and I will be attending. Yes it's last minute.com but I love the Cotswolds and there are so many vintage and country home enthusiasts here Its worth a visit.


Find out more about the fair and who else will be attending.
www.thecotswoldvintagefair.blogspot.co.uk

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Quilts Glorious Quilts

18th June 2016 -

 Have had a wonderful day in the beautiful Surrey countryside at The Home and Vintage fair in Haslemere selling some of my gorgeous vintage textiles and quilts which have been in my private collection for some years now. It's been a while, so nice to be back.


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Creativity with Pearls


This is a fantastic use of pearls.
Showing in the Royal Collage of Art until the end of July.
Ann Carrington studied at Bourneville College of Art and the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1987. A year later she received the Herbert Read Award and the Commonwealth Fellowship for Sculpture followed by further awards from the Arts Council of Great Britain and her work has been exhibited all over the world from a permanent piece on Margate seafront to large scale public artwork in Manhattan.
14 July – 31 July 2016
Solo Exhibition at the Royal College of Art

Monday, 16 March 2015

Working on the model

I love deconstructed clothing, working with the model and applying fabrics in a free flowing way. I made this garment some years ago from scraps of old jeans. I brought it out to show for an arts trail last year, and the reaction I got and then subsequent commission work really encouraged me to take this method of working a little further. 


I plan to make a jacket in a similar style, I love distressed fabrics, tears and fraying, so the trusty cheese grater will come into great use once more.




Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Samples - the key to creativity

A selection of samples that have been made along the way.
Above felt and vintage lace hand dyed and embroidered
 Silk Cocoon and silk waste hand dyed and embroidered
 Old linen, Venetian Plaster and stencils
 Image transfer  on old linen with venetian plaster and stencils - my latest work and I love it !
A Finished piece - hand dyed velvets, embroidery and beading