Saturday, 13 September 2008

N.E.C. Knitting and Stitching Show

Well once again inspired and bamboozled by more loveliness at the Knitting and Stitching Exhibition. Started the day with Margaret Beale's workshop on heat bonding fabrics. For this we were givena selection of coloured organza squares, a glass square to work on, a fine tipped soldering iron and a metal ruler. We were shown how a slow drag of the soldering iron would cut the fabrics and a quicker one would bond them. The picture at the top shows how one can form a sort of patchwork piece with no stitching or gluing and the seond picture shows what I made in a sort of overlapping mosaic style.

The marks in the second sample were made by touching the soldering iron in different ways on to the fabric to make marks. I'm really looking forward to stitching both now and maybe adding some beads.

I was so thrilled with this that I bought Margaret's book and a soldering iron! It's quick, fun and liberating. These samples were completed in an hour!

Unfortunately my sewing machine packed up in the middle of a quilt today and it's gone to hospital for a week! It's been healthy for 13 years , never been serviced and never oiled so I suppose it deserves a rest!

So to cheer myself up tonight I got out a selection of bits and bobs which I bought off 21st Century Yarns stall at the show and laid them out and shuffled them around. They smell great! Anyway there are some pieces of felt, silk yarns and ribbon that I have an idea for, again inspired by the wet Wales holiday.

Watch this space to see where I go with looks like hand stitching or use of the embellisher for now!


  1. Smelling your yarns may be stretching the sanity ruling a little....MH

  2. Good stuff jolly good. You must know an awful lot by now. Is it just for your own applications or are we going to see "Threads" in print one day?

  3. Thank you for the kind comments - in answer to your question I think what I am doing is learning as many techniques of stitchery witchery as possible so that I can move to Cornwall and sell it! I am new to all this needling and to think you think I could be "in print" is praise indeed. JGYG x x

  4. I hope your sewing machine gets better soon! Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I have enjoyed discovering your blog too!


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