Category Archives: Textiles

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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Maps at the Festival of Quilts 2019

I think this has to be my favourite quilt tjhat I’ve seen for a long time. Yes, it really is a map of the world made out of log cabin patchwork. And the map of the London Underground, with all … Continue reading

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Bright quilts at the Festival of Quilts 2019

Well, after some dithering about whether it was really worth the long drive, last week I went to the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. It has taken me nearly a week to sort out the … Continue reading

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Tapestry maps

I love this picture. I like the subtle vegetable colours, and the little towns and villages. I also love that it is a tapestry. Yes, someone has woven it. And this map of Oxfordshire isn’t the only one, either. Read … Continue reading

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Granny squares, but not as my Nan knew them

I learned to crochet when I was very little. My Nan started me off, as for some reason Mum couldn’t crochet. Nan died when I was 6, so after that, I learned from books. I haven’t done any crochet for … Continue reading

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Japanese technique sampling

Here are some pictures of Hannah Lamb’s experiments based on katagami, Japanese dyeing stencils. The pictures were taken at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Some lovely results, nicely displayed. And I like the copper wire … Continue reading

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Wedding dresses through the ages

The Pump Room in Harrogate is always worth a visit, although I have never managed to sample the “health giving” waters. The smell is too much for me. At the moment, there is another reason to visit. Until 15th September … Continue reading

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A group gardening project

Members of the Richmond and Leyburn branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild are working on a project together. They are selecting typical pictures of Harlow Carr gardens, known as the Wisley of the north, near Harrogate, dividing them into squares, and … Continue reading

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WW2 silk escape map dress sold in Harrogate

Now I know I’m a bit slow, but I’ve only just found this on Twitter. A silk map designed to help prisoners of war to escape, made into a dress. How would you like to have a┬ásilk map dress?

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The myths and meaning woven into Norwegian sweaters

Here is a fascinating article about the Sweater Detective, a lady who knows practically all there is to know about the myths and meaning woven into Norwegian sweaters.

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