Category Archives: Textiles

Shetland lace blouses

This is following on with the theme of knitting from the Northern Isles. When you see knitted lace, it is usually an edging for something, or a scarf or shawl. But as these pictures show, that was not always the … Continue reading

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Spinning wheels

I’ve found a new game. The National Trust have put photos of their collection online, and you can search it in all sorts of different ways. How about that for an excellent way of looking a interesting stuff? This link … Continue reading

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Tassels

I love every part of this post about¬†making beautiful tassels. Apart from the tassels themselves, just look at those racks of thread. And there is the machinery, and… Even if I could afford to go mad in a tassel shop … Continue reading

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The world’s largest pictorial carpet

Wow. Well, if you are going to have something big on your wall, you might as well make it interesting. Read about the world’s largest pictorial carpet.

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The last of the Festival of Quilts 2019

This is my final selection of pictures from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. These are the ones that didn’t group together nicely with any of the others. For example, this one on the left, … Continue reading

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Hexagons at the Festival of Quilts 2019

My very first experience of patchwork was with hexagons. I must have been about 6 or 7, and I made it with offcuts from my rag doll’s dresses. I still have the dresses, and Beth still watches over my desk … Continue reading

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Compass quilts at the Festival of Quilts 2019

I love a good compass block. And here are some absolute corkers from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. How they keep track of all those tiny pieces of fabric beats me. When I made … Continue reading

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Flowers and trees at the Festival of Quilts 2019

If you have ever tried to draw a tree properly, you will know that it is harder than it looks. Somehow, drawing the shapes you see doesn’t always lead to a credible tree picture. Which makes translating it into fabric … Continue reading

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India Flint at the Festival of Quilts 2019

India Flint is a pioneer of eco printing. Here are some pictures of her exhibit at the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham:

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Log cabin at the Festival of Quilts 2019

Today’s theme is the log cabin block. A scrappy¬† log cabin is great fun to do, but scale is important, as the block grows quickly. Unless you are using tiny strips, which gives a lovely result. In one of these … Continue reading

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