Posted by nuvofelt on October 30, 2013
Just a quick ‘heads up’ that I’m starting to list some special Bargain Packs. Follow the link to find out more.
I have been quiet because I have been quite unwell. I’m slowly getting back into gear, normal service will be resumed as soon as I am up to it.
Posted by nuvofelt on October 2, 2013
The days are getting shorter, and it looks as though Autumn will be here before very long. The berries are ripening on the bushes, and we have been picking blackberries for a few weeks already. I hope you have had a good summer and that you are now ready for the stitching season.
I’m very pleased to be able to tell you about a new Show
Canford Needlework Festival
will, this year, take place on
Sunday 22nd September 2013
Hamworthy Recreation Club,
Admission is £2.50 for all adults and free for children aged 12 and under.
Lots of Free Car Parking
Bookable Coach Parking
Carvery Lunches (can’t be booked in advance),
Tea, Coffee & Bar
It is hopeful that next year the show will be for more days, depending on bookings at the venue
There will be suppliers with a wide variety of supplies for stitching and hobby pastimes including, beadwork, braiding, chain maille, contemporary and traditional hand and machine embroidery, felting, knitting, lacemaking, patchwork, sewing, spinning, tatting, weaving and more….. including publicised demonstrations throughout the day.
I will be demonstrating a really easy but effective technique using fabric crayons. I’m not sure of the time, but it will be announced in good time on the day.
We will also have some of our lovely big hanks of threads, but need to announce that these will soon be discontinued. These have been specially prepared for us by a small family firm. Sadly they have decided that now is the time to retire, so we won’t be able to get them any more. There is nothing quite like them anywhere, so this is a big blow to us. Grab what you see while it is there, the choice may not be good – but it’s what there is! No, we won’t be offering them at a discount price – too much work by loving hands has gone into their production.
The banner above is some new work that I have begun. it is based on Alzheimers, and although it is not a happy subject I am enjoying it. This project will take me well into 2014 so you won’t see me travelling very far for teaching. The one public session that I am teaching is in May at Missenden Abbey – it’s a fun introduction to dyeing. I’ll give you more details next time.
Hope to see you all at Canford. Drop me a line if you need more details.
Posted by nuvofelt on September 6, 2013
Just a few samples produced during the dyeing day at Busy Bees in Newport yesterday. These were the demonstration samples and all the students produced their own variations of these colours…… and lots more. I’ll be returning there next year to teach another technique. Watch out for their new brochure – this year’s class sold out really quickly.
I teach several different dyeing courses. If you are interested in one for your group just get in touch and we will see if we can arrange something.
Posted by nuvofelt on June 23, 2013
I’ve just returned from a lovely weekend in the country.
On Friday we travelled to the depths of the Sussex countryside to take part in the JustHandsOnTV weekend at Dunford House near Midhurst. I joined Jennie Rayment, Wendy Gardiner and Valerie Nesbitt and a number of enthusiastic students. Delicious food, beautiful scenery and lots of cheerful chatting and stitching/embellishing. Yes, you’ve guessed, I was teaching the embellisher.
We began with a sampler:
Here you see part of a work in progress. We covered six different techniques within the sampler, some of which were taken further over the rest of the weekend. Jennie and Val both taught quilting techniques, and it’s fair to say that all students worked hard and went home with some beautiful creations. Incidently, I’ll be writing more about other aspects of the Dunford weekend here over the next few days.
My next Embellisher weekend will be held in the West Country at Mad Hatters Studio, near Plymouth. Many of you have asked for a workshop in that area, so now is your chance to contact Sheron and book.
I’d also like to share that I’m raising money for the Alzheimers Society during the month of June. It’s a ‘no lose’ situation! I’m making a card a day using some of my special hand dyed paper and you can have one for a donation of £5.00. The link will take you through to the donation page – and all proceeds go to the charity, I’m not even charging postage to send you your card. You can see all the ones made so far linked from here, although I have actually made more than you can see, so you can make a ‘pot luck’ choice too if you wish. Just make sure that I have some contact details so that I can obtain your address. There is a box to tick to allow JustGiving to send me your email address. Thanks so much to those that have already donated, I have reached my initial target, but am continuing to fund raise as it is such a worthwhile cause.
Now I have to begin preparation for the dyeing workshop next Saturday. This will be at Busy Bees in Newport. We always have a good time there, and I’m really looking forward to it. Are you coming? Make sure you bring plenty of gripseal bags – you might get carried away!
Posted by nuvofelt on June 17, 2013
I have a private exhibition looming. It’s an unusual event as it won’t be open to the public, just to a specific group of people. The work that they will see is quite a big step away from some of the things that I have previously created. I’m just beginning a new artwork, and I thought you might like to see a part of the process.
The background fabric will be hand dyed cotton. Dull and dingy it will be a dark mustard in colour with splashes of a slightly brighter yellow and dark blue. It doesn’t sound very attractive or interesting, does it? So, how to make it more interesting? It’s too dark to respond to much more over-dyeing, so the answer is paint.
First some experiments:
Blending colour is the first step, I don’t like to use ‘raw’ colour straight from the tube or bottle. This looks promising
Looking better as it is mixed more and more. I’m not using a paintbrush for this process, I have a special blending tool which I’ll tell you about another day. They look good on paper, but will they do on the fabric?
Perfect! Several thin layers of transparent acrylic have been built up. Some of it is printing using an old mouse mat which is a perfect printing surface. The experiments were worth it. Can you guess which colours I used?
Did you guess? I love mixing colours – you never know what you will discover. I have never used these colours in combination before, but I will be using them again. Stitching comes next, but first, some more fabric preparation.
Is it time you tried some new colours? Let me know if you do.
Posted by nuvofelt on May 9, 2013
I have to admit that one of the most irritating things to read on a blog is ‘sorry I haven’t posted for a while……’ . So, I’m not going to apologise for my absence because sometimes life takes over and that is fine, it is far more important than blogging. However, some of my absence has been caused by internet connection problems. For a number of years we have used Virgin Media as our provider, but no more……. Today we changed! Here’s hoping that it’s for the better and that our connection remains constant for all hours of the day. It also means a change of email address, so if you have been writing to me at a virgin.net account I suggest you contact me for the new one. For a limited time you can use firstname.lastname@example.org as a contact address. Make sure you tell me why you need to have it – remind me of where we met etc – as I may not be the only one checking the mail and I WILL NOT BE RESPONDING TO SPAM! Those of you who know me know that I don’t want to lose contact, so this is a sort of belt and braces means of letting you all know. You can also, of course, contact me via the usual shop address.
So, on to other things. Did you all have a good weekend? The weather was glorious and it was such a pleasure to be able to go out for the day yesterday in warm sunshine. We visited the Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. It was the perfect time to view the Magnolias
They were truly beautiful set against a cloudless blue sky.
On Saturday we attended the Embroiderers Guild Regional Day at Wokingham. We saw lots of lovely people as usual, and listened to some very interesting speakers. I’ve heard Debbie Lyddon before, an interesting talk which is highly recommended, but also heard one by someone new to me. The morning talk was from Kirsty Whitlock an exuberant and enthusiastic artist who works in mixed media textiles. You certainly won’t be disappointed if you have a chance to hear them somewhere, and they are both also friendly and approachable people.
Now, I need your help! I have mentioned before that I’m teaching an Embellisher Workshop at Janome in Stockport near Manchester at the end of this month. The class was ready to go, but sadly one of the participants has had to pull out as she has been admitted to hospital. This doesn’t sound as though it would make much of a difference, but she is the driver for 3 other friends, all of whom were planning to attend. Four people pulling out this close to the date means that the workshop will have to be cancelled unless they can be replaced by Tuesday 14th May. Please can you pass the word? Mention it to anyone you think might be interested, and also apply NOW if you were considering coming but had decided to wait until the last minute to enrol. It will be a great shame if we have to cancel. The price has reduced from that of last year, and the venue is wonderful. Remember that you don’t need a machine to participate, all machines are provided, so you can travel as light as you wish as supplies will also be available to purchase on the day if required. Further details are here and by popular request we will be making a little pair of boots amongst learning other things.
I have had many requests for a workshop in the West Country. I know that you don’t like travelling far, so I’m very pleased to tell you that a two day workshop has been arranged for August this year. I’m planning on coming to the Mad Hatter’s Studio in Plymouth which is ideally placed for both Devon and Cornwall. Details are here. I haven’t visited the Studio before, so if you need information about the set up I suggest you contact Sheron. By all means contact me for more information about the actual workshop.
There is more news too, but this is enough for one day, so there will be another post tomorrow, and then, when I’ve caught up, I’ll be back on track as promised.
Posted by nuvofelt on May 7, 2013
Just a quick post today. If I’m quiet it’s because my mother has taken a turn for the worse and I’m needed. I know that many of you know her, she will be 95 in June, and has been very frail for some time. On Saturday she suffered a mini stroke and has deteriorated. As always, though, she is peaceful and content.
If you are close to Farnborough, Hampshire, in the UK you might like to know that there is an Exploratory Meeting to gauge the interest in forming a new branch of the Embroiderers Guild. Here are the details
Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College
Farnborough, GU14 8SN
18th April, 7 pm
More details from Anne 01344 450686
I’ll be back in touch soon. I’ve lots to tell you about workshops and more.
Posted by nuvofelt on April 16, 2013
Yes, we are back at the Abbey on Saturday. Hope to see some of you there.
Later this week I’ll be starting a new series here, directing you to inspirational stitchers, some of whom may be new to you. I’ll also have news of some new workshops.
Watch this space!
Posted by nuvofelt on March 13, 2013
We are the suppliers at Missenden Abbey on Saturday. Don’t forget to let us know if you need anything specific. I’m teaching at Wey Valley Workshop tomorrow, so an email is the best way to let us know.
I’ve also just listed a number of new colourways of the Sassa threads, they are linked from here, but you will have to keep scrolling down to find them all. All the listings today are unrepeatable collections and two of them have already gone. Click each picture over there to find them, payment is via PayPal.
Posted by nuvofelt on February 21, 2013