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Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom
I am a textile artist living on the Suffolk Essex border. I am a member of the Out of the Fold Textile Group and the newly formed Spotlight Textiles. I am the Principal Tutor for Creative Stitch which offers courses in Creative Patchwork and Quilting and Creative Stitch Textiles. I teach each year at the Knitting & Stitching Shows and Festival of Quilts. I also offer workshops and talks to groups throughout the UK in person and via zoom. With a foot in both camps I am also a member of the QGBI and the specialist Contemporary Quilt Group and STARS (formerly Suffolk West Embroiderers Guild)

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Kerry's First quilt - ever!

I ran an absolute beginners workshop at The Cosy Cabin  recently to make a 36" x 36" lap quilt using the nice and easy Strip Rail block. I was delighted when Kerry, who had never done any patchwork before, sent me a picture of her finished quilt - she has now made 2 more baby quilts. Didn't she do well?

Kerry Welch's First Quilt
So if you have been on any of my workshops and have images of finished items to send me I will be delighted to post them onto the copperqueen blog

If you would like to see what other courses are being offered at the Cosy Cabin click here www.thecosycabin.co.uk

Monday, 21 October 2013

Tin Hut Textiles Exhibition

The recent exhibition by Tin Hut Textiles held at the Cinema Gallery in Aldeburgh went very well.
I am just one of the eight very talented members of THT and this was our first major exhibition.

The theme of the show was 'First Elements' and we had chosen 'Copper' to showcase our skills this time. All 8 members had the challenge of making a piece with Copper as the theme and to a standard size of 12" x 24" and mounted onto a canvas.

3 of the 'Copper' pieces by Marie Limb (left) and Marion Barnes (right) with me in the middle

'Decay' was another theme chosen and each Tin Hut Textiles member had to make a piece with this theme 9" wide but at any length. As you can see the results are as varied as the personalities of the makers.
'Decay' pieces by Annette Morgan, Marie Limb, Me, Marion Barnes and Cynthia Thomson as seen left to right

Our final group display was one using Ufford Church as the inspiration as the group meets in the Village Hall (with the distinctive tin roof which gives the group it's name) next to this lovely church. Each if chose a part of the church or churchyard and made a wallhanging 18" x 24"

Below is Janina Moore's  lovely delicate piece based on some stone carving in the church

Janina Moore

'Ufford Church' by Cynthia Thomson, Mary Mcintosh and Annette Morgan
The next Tin Hut Textiles Exhibition will be as part of the City & Guilds Graduate Show inn Wickham Market on Sat 28th and Sun 29th June 2014 where our next element will be.......... 'Silver'

Paper Mania Day

The Paper Mania Workshop at the WI in Ipswich on Sat 28th Sept seemed to go quite well. We had 9 lovely ladies putting together collages of painted newspapers in their chosen colour and then adding layers of sheers and stitching by machine before burning away the layers to reveal some for the paper below.   It was quite challenging for those who had never free-machined before but everyone produced a piece to take home to be framed. Here are just some of the pieces.......

Paper Mania Day on Sat 28th September in Ipswich - Barbara's piece
Paper Mania