Category Archives: Textiles

The Art of Innovation, Dyeing to Display

If you have 14 minutes to spare, this┬áRadio 4 documentary about the first synthetic dye is worth listening to.┬áIt also shows what you can do with waste products from another process. There are lots of interesting snippets, like the idea … Continue reading

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A starry quilt

Some time in the last century, I bought a set of fat quarters. It could have been around 1998. Ever since then, I have been getting them out, deciding I want to do something really nice with them, and putting … Continue reading

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Quilted people at the Festival of Quilts 2019

This group of pictures from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, is really impressive. These fabulous creations show various techniques for representing people. The quilt of Cinderella and the ugly sisters on the left is … Continue reading

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Shaded patchwork at the Festival of Quilts 2019

Today’s collection of pictures from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, shows some of the effecs that can be achieved when you use a wide range of colours within a very limited palette. Most quilts … Continue reading

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Two colour quilts at the Festival of Quilts 2019

I was planning to split this collection of pictures from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, into two posts, one for red and white, and one for blue and white. But when I went through … Continue reading

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Shetland Knitters on Tonight in 1964

This fabulous clip from Tonight in 1964 needs no explanation.

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Miniature quilts at the Festival of Quilts 2019

Today’s selection of pictures from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, is a collection of minature quilts. To enter this class, quilts must be no more than 30cms on the longest side. In a photo … Continue reading

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Sampler quilts at the Festival of Quilts 2019

If you look on Pinterest, you will find all manner of designs for sampler quilts. A sampler gives you the chance to explore a range of blocks and sew them together into a finished quilt, or a cushion if you … Continue reading

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Birds at the Festival of Quilts 2019

Today’s collection of pictures from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, is about birds. Those who follow this blog regularly will not be surprised to see several peacocks here. Well, I can’t help it if … Continue reading

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Quilting taking centre stage at the Festival of Quilts 2019

An awful lot is written about patchwork, but sometimes the quilting is the most important part of the design. These pictures from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham show what a difference it can make. … Continue reading

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