Monday, 14 September 2015

Demanding Daphne

You'll have to excuse us if we're a little quiet on here, Daphne is proving to be a demanding sort of gal and is keeping us very busy in the final weeks leading to the Daphne's Glove exhibition.
If you'd like to read more about this year's Group Gathering project please pop over to our sister website,
You can follow this link to find out how we've been getting on with our project piece

Monday, 3 August 2015

Making Faces

Frida Kahlo via

Here we thought we'd share some progress photo's with you from last month's Sewcial. The theme (or challenge) for the session was portraiture in fabric & stitch. 
Taking the fabulously distinctive face of Frida Kahlo as our starting point, we used an applique technique to piece key 'Frida' features together. Pattern & flowers often feature in photographs or paintings of Frida so part of the challenge was to include patterned fabric in the textile portrait - be it for skin tones & shading or in the background. 
Here's how the group got in the, all-too-brief, three hour session:


Deciding which patterned background is preferable
The next step will be to add features with embroidery

M&B's sample in progress

We're planning to offer this as a full day session later in the year. If this is a topic which you'd be interested in participating in, do let us know so that we can keep you informed about an upcoming date. 


Monday, 29 June 2015

The Marquee of Making

Due to a spot of reshuffling we have two places remaining for this Sunday's workshop, 'Woodland Creatures in a Jar'. The workshop will take place during Blue Ginger Gallery's week long creative festival in the 'Marquee of Making'. Each day a different artist or maker will be sharing their skills with the public through demonstration or hands on workshops. 
On Sunday 5th July we will be sharing the marquee space with Celestine and the Hare creator, Karin Hines - so you can guarantee that there will be woolly fibres, choklit & Norty Weasels running amok in the marquee alongside the milder mannered Silva Populi! You'd be crazy to miss out!
Silva Populi Hibou being cuddled by Emily and The Hare when they met last Autumn
If you'd like to join us to make your own jar dwelling creature, do get in touch. Here are the details:

'Woodland Creatures in a Jar' Sunday 5th July 2015
The workshop will involve working with textiles, found objects & handstitch to create a small, jam-jar dwelling creature based on Kathleen Murphy's series of woodland folk, the Silva Populi.
Materials & jars will be provided but please bring along any small treasures (nut shells, feathers, pebbles, fabric scraps) you wish to personalise your character, along with your needlecase & embroidery scissors.
Intermediate level - some previous hand sewing experience would be useful  
10.00am - 4.00pm £50 per person 
Home End Farm, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley nr Malvern, WorcestershireWR13 5NW

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Still Life in Stitch


"Cabbage..? Pomegranate..? And is that a strawberry I can smell..?"
Yes! These were just a few of the ingredients integral to this month's Sewcial challenge as participants considered form, texture & colour to create samplers based on a still life tableaux. 
Here's a 'flavour' of some of the great results produced.
A macro photo of a pomegranate stalk provided the textural inspiration for this sampler which experiments with loops & knots...
Looped knots & Snipped Pistil stitches
Light & shade falling on a pomegranate captured in tiny tonal patches
Surface stitches add texture to a piece based on a pear

A Trapunto quilted garlic bulb in progress
Here, the pastel interior & papery nature of the garlic bulb have been captured beautifully
Last, but not least, still life with fabric, thread & cake....

Next month's Sewcial will take place on Friday 17th July at Trumpet Corner Art Studios & Tearooms.
You can find out more HERE

Monday, 8 June 2015

Refreshed Hope

The completed version of this wall hung piece, 'Refreshed Hope', can be found at the Weavers Gallery in Ledbury as the exhibition 'Six' enters it's second week. The show ends on Sunday 14th June.
No longer visible, reverse of face
Composite stitch graffiti

Thursday, 4 June 2015


An exhibition of new work by six artists working in different mediums: metal, paint, wood, print & textiles (that's us by the way!).

The Weavers Gallery
Church Lane

Wednesday, 27 May 2015


Silva Populi: Lupini

This Silva Populi will be part of a body of work we will have on display during the forthcoming show, 'Six', an exhibition of artists from across Herefordshire who will be showing together for the first time. The exhibition will take place at The Weavers Gallery in Ledbury, Herefordshire.

2nd-14th June 2015
Open daily from 10am-5pm.

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