Great day at the Knitting and Stitching show yesterday, meeting friends old and new, and managing to persuade a few people of the value of joining The Quilters’ Guild, which was what I was there to do. We were also the custodians of the winning quilts from the Festival of Quilts this year, so got a chance to have a much closer look at the best in show, absolutely incredible. This is by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga, from Kollumerzwaag, The Netherlands and the quilt is called “Octopussy
I then had the afternoon free to see the incredible 104 hand-stitched panels of the Prestonpans tapestry.
Lots to see, but I made a point of visiting the graduate showcase and some of the younger exhibitors. Rhea Clements scarves are wonderfully tactile
and Zeena Shah’s screenprints were quirky and amusing without being overly sugary.
I didn’t do much to stimulate the economy, limiting my self to two packets of John James embroidery needles ( lovely, if you haven't tried them) and three very small thimbles, as I can never find ones that fit well.
Recovery today, and an upholstery project that has been waiting for too long. One tattered piano stool is now transformed. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough of the thistle fabric to recover this one – it might have led to some wrong notes anyway. It is the same fabric in the last two photos, just with different light at different time of day – a good demonstration of how difficult it is to colour match fabrics from photos.