Autumn Events

As I have nothing to report at the moment I thought I would let you know of a few interesting exhibitions and events going on around the UK in the lead up to Christmas and which you might care to visit if they are in your area. Unlike the Colour Block exhibition I mentioned last time I promise you these are all still to come!

1st -30th November:  Scottish  Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition: Various venues  throughout Scotland, depicting the experiences of migrant Scotts over the centuries. Embroidered panels, not woven.    http://www.scottishdiasporatapestry.org

1st-2nd November: Made by Hand – The Contemporary Craft Fair: City Hall , Cardiff. The largest craft fair in Wales, with jewellery, pottery, furniture, textiles and glass.   http://www.madebyhand-wales.co.uk

2nd November: Artists and Makers Fair: Wendover Memorial Hall, Buckinghamshire.  http://www.sallyevansevents.co.uk/events.html

2nd November: Autumn Quilt Festival: Airspace Conservation Hall, Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Quilt and patchwork displays, suppliers and a variety of workshops and demonstrations.    http://www.grosvenorshows.co.uk

8th-9th November: Windsor Contemporary Art Fair: Royal Windsor Racecourse, Windsor, Berkshire. Showcasing artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries.   http://www.windsorcontemporaryartfair.co.uk

21st-24th November: Knitting and Stitching Show: Harrrogate International Centre, Harrogate. A wide range of knitted works, textiles and supplies.   http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com

22nd November: Candle-Making Workshop: Black Country Museum, Dudley. Explore three main candle making techniques, using two types of wax.   http://www.bclm.co.uk

22nd-23rd November: Designer Makers Christmas Market: The Witham, Barnard Castle, County Durham. Showcasing designers and craftspeople from around the region. Live demonstrations and free workshops.   http://www.designermakersmarket.co.uk

7th December: Free-Machine Embroidery: The Makery, Beau Nash House, 19 Union Passage, Bath, Avon. A three-hour class demonstrating required  to perfect free-machine embroidery on pieces of calico.   http://www.themakery.co.uk.

All the above are listed in the Nov/Dec issue of Landscape Magazine (http://www.landscapemagazine.co.uk) but I would also draw your attention to one more during December:

January-sail card
One of Claudia’s delightful card designs.

From 4th December to Christmas: Art on the Quay: Christmas Shopping at Art on the Quay, Waldringfield Boatyard, The Quay, IP12 4QZ. Open Thursday – Sunday  11.00am-3.00pm. Maritime art by Claudia Myatt, plus books, prints, cards, calendars and nautical themed gifts.   http://www.claudiamyatt.co.uk

Update

I have now undone the little bit of my Green Man weaving but so far have not had time to redo it, which actually I think is not a bad thing as it gives me time to consider ‘Textile Ranger’s’ suggestion regarding colour scheme – see comments on my last post – a suggestion I fully intend to take on board.  The reason for the lack of progress is, as I mentioned, due to an extremely busy month. I have now completed editing my magazine and it just remains to proof-read it and then get it to the printers, but I still have other October tasks to complete.

However, I did managed to go along to my local library for a couple of hours earlier in the month to a spinning demonstration. It is more years than I care to remember since I last used my spinning wheel and I felt I needed a refresher course. I am now all fired up to try spinning again – when I can find some time. The elderly lady doing the demonstration told us she learnt to spin as a wartime evacuee, doing all her early spinning on a drop spindle using hedgerow fleece gleanings. It was apparently many years before she got a wheel. I have some hedgerow gleanings my daughter collected for me which I intended to use for the ‘core’ of some needle felting projects but now I am tempted to have a go with my drop spindle before returning to my wheel.

It’s curious how things happen; out of the blue a friend of my husband phoned a few weeks ago and asked if he knew anyone who would like some fleece (he knows I weave) – I’m expecting it to turn up and day now!

Meanwhile some of you might be interested in the exhibition below (no, I am not exhibiting). I am sorry it is rather short notice:

Colour Block Show flyerColour Block, The Textile Show: 9th-12th October. St.Leonards on Sea, East Sussex

For more information visit http://www.hastingsartsforum.co.uk/colour-block-9-12-october

Watch out for my next post in a few days time when I will be listing some other events that may be of interest.