23 June 2015

Textiles Tuesday

Hello! Welcome to my collation of interesting textile-related bits and bobs I've found this month.

* Last week I visited the Sydney Quilt Show. Wow! What a treat it was to see so many stunning quilts in a single exhibition. If you couldn't be at the show, The Quilters' Guild of NSW has kindly shared photos of the prize-winning quilts. You can see photos of the members' exhibition here and the red-and-white challenge here. Be inspired by this wonderful resource.

* Are you considering setting up a website for your creative endeavours but don't know where to start? TextileArtist has a useful series of articles that can guide you. 

*  I've heard rave reviews about this exhibition. Have you been? Until 12 July: Exquisite Threads, English Embroidery 1600s–1900s, Melbourne VIC.

* If you, like me, forgot to plant daffodil bulbs in your garden this year, you can still have the pleasure of these cheery flowers in your home. Just follow Georgina Giles' free tutorial to make felt blooms instead! 

* Some sad news: Japanese company Patchwork Tsushin has declared bankruptcy with a 7.7 million yen debt. This company not only publishes Patchwork Tsushin and Quilts Japan magazines but also is associated with the Yokohama and Osaka Quilt Fairs.

* Call for entries: textile artists are invited to submit an entry for a travelling textile art exhibition, curated by Brenda Gael Smith. Closing date 15 January 2016.

* Would you like to make fabric beads? In her free tutorial, Linda Matthews shows you how.

* Have you ever considered creating your own online course? Blacksburg Belle has started a free series of posts that explain how to get started.

* Call for entries: 15th Brother International Quilting Contest. Entries close 31 October 2015.

* The fabulously talented Michele Hill has a new website and a new book! Michele is well-known for her love of the designs of William Morris and has published books and patterns for her Morris-inspired quilt designs. In 2014, she was awarded the Rajah Award, in recognition of services to Australia through quilting.

*  British artist Louise Gardiner created a commemorative quilt for Liberty of London's 140th birthday. Read the story here.

* Jumpers and Jazz - what a great combination! 16-26 July, Warwick QLD.

* Here's an interesting online exhibition from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum: Quilts in Common, that includes audio. 

From the website:
"Quilts in Common was one of two inaugural exhibitions in the new galleries of the International Quilt Study Center Museum. This exhibit curated by Carolyn Ducey, curator of collections, and Marin F. Hanson, curator of exhibitions, not only showcased many of the Center's masterpiece quilts, but was organized in a novel and thought provoking way: unique commonalities bring together quilts from around the world and across the centuries rather than isolating them in geographical or historical groupings." 

I hope you have found something of interest here. If you want more frequent information about creative goings-on, you are welcome to like my Creative Dabbling Facebook page where I post most days. See you over there!

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