Saturday, March 28, 2009


Please visit this website at Coleg Menai, North Wales Patchwork student wins top excellence award. Liesbeth won the Gold Medal for her Patchwork and Quilting City and Guilds and you can read all about it here and also see some of her lovely work. Her tutor was Janine who is a member of SerenTex and has just retired. She herself is a wonderful textile artist and hopefully she will now have plenty of time to develop her own work.

You will fnd more about this piece of work by Janine SerenTex: here

Janine is on the right of the top photo and on the left is Mary Spence. Mary was interviewed for the coming issue of Fibre and Stitch.

A sample of Mary's latest work.

You can also read two wonderful articles by Sue Gallacher in the same issue.
Find some of Sue's work here SerenTex: Just Sue

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Creating designs

This is a design created by Janine yesterday at SerenTex.

We had a meeting and because I was so disorganised I missed the best part of all. Designing with Sue, I also missed taking pictures of all the preparation of the design work Sue had prepared. I saw them all, but as I had promised to help with some computing, I thought I'd do that first and then join Sue. But as you all know, things that should take minutes on the computer stretch don't they? That is how I came to miss working with Sue. Next time I will work first, then go to the computer.

This was Miriam's design.

As I had missed the two last meetings I had missed the beginning of this design work. Everyone had painted papers and brought them to the meeting and 'played' with Sue's paints and rollers creating works of art from them. I had painted mine ready, but don't worry, Sue let me have the rollers to come home to play with and that is what I did all day today. Anyway to go back to the meeting - these papers then became a vase of flowers, which were then scanned into the computer and converted to black and white images. These were again cut up, creating new designs using various interesting parts of the black and white images.
Below was a design made by Ann at the meeting.

Calico was then painted like the papers and stitched into, and from these Sue had made cylindrical covers, that turned jam jars into very nice flower vases. which is what I'm hoping to do tomorrow.

Here is a lovely padfolio stitched and designed by Rosemary. Below she is stitching another quilt.

And below Gaynor is also busy as usual.

While these two old friends are having a natter!

Some of us thought we could even create a work of art using the rhubarb Sue brought from her garden.

You didn't expect it to turn into a group photo did you?