Being a tourist in my hometown

My Hometown I was going to write about knitting this week, but instead I'm writing about my hometown. I've lived in various cities in several countries and found the residents are always proud of their city. I've come to the conclusion that people from my hometown are unassuming, modest and…

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A Flair for Print

Print, But Not Just Textiles As a former scientist, I love dye labs! Scientific precision melded with creative flair to produce beautiful colours. Textiles students, who specialise in Print, will print textiles and may other surfaces, for example wall paper. In this post I'm going to show you the work of some…

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Flowers and Ruffles

Uming and ahing! In my last post I mentioned how I'd discovered Japanese sewing books. After much deliberation I chose to make a top from this book:  I chose the ruffled sleeveless blouse (pattern 7a). In the book it is shown in a crisp black linen. Pattern pieces The first…

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Quilts UK 2014

Sunshine, Quilts and Chestnuts! Malvern in May If you only ever visit a certain place at the same time of year then that place will be associated with things that you see in that season. So it is for me and Malvern. Every year I go to Malvern to the…

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A Need for Nature

Oh, To Be Outside Many designers are inspired by nature, the colours, textures and forms, and nature certainly inspires me. However, today I'm writing about a more fundamental need - the need for nature. We live north of Birmingham and it is said that, if you do, the sunshine is…

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The Big Textile Show

There seems to be at least one yarn or textile festival every weekend at the moment.  I've been suffering from real indecision about which ones to visit.  Last weekend was one of my few free weekends until December, so it was fantastic to be able to visit a local event.…

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