Good morning to the 'blog tourists' from Quilting Arts. For those not on 'the tour' I'll explain later.
This little hand sized silk purse is one of many I have been making for about 13 years.
I was invited, all that long time ago, to exhibit in the showcases of The Pendle Art Gallery when the main event was an Exhibition by the renowned photographer Fay Godwin
. I had to devise some small embroidered items that would fit in some glass showcases so that's where these purses, and other things, were born. Since then I've had them in Galleries and shops in Lancashire and Yorkshire and even Cumbria, but have stopped making them to sell now and started teaching people how to make them.
UPDATE: There is now a tutorial available in my etsy shop.
So last week I had great fun making more of them as samples for a workshop I had been invited to teach a long long way from home, over the border in Yorkshire.
They are made from silk dupion with the grain going 'the wrong way' so that they fall nicely.
There are several different styles and there's scope for beading fun, as well as cord and tassel making.
Here are some I made earlier which have appeared here before.
So last Saturday with my car boot stuffed, I made an uncharacteristically early start and set off towards the East. It was cloudy at first so I couldn't watch the sunrise (but I'd probably missed it anyway..it wasn't that early) and two hours later ended up in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and approached the village of Snape.
This is the beautiful lane down to the Village, lined with tall trees growing from banks of snowdrops and aconite, with daffodils starting to appear.
Past the castle
and the raised beds
and strange things
Do you know what this is?
Its a rhubarb forcer. Yorkshire is famous for rhubarb and under this cloche there will soon be delicate palest pink stems with yellow leaves.
The welcome I received at The Snape Textile Group was as good as last time. They are very organised and extremely talented. I was more interested in some of their own work than what I was supposed to be teaching.
I remembered from my last visit that they provide lunch.
What a lunch. Last time it was vegetable korma with rice, nan bread and chutneys. This time it was vegetable pasta bake, salad, garlic bread, followed by apple and ginger trifle. But it didn't stop there! At four o'clock out came the home made blueberry muffins and tea.
Then we had a look at the work the group had done.
They had all made good progress and they promised they would finish them at home!
One of the members even had an outing planned for hers.
If any of the Snape textile group are reading, thank you so much for a really superb day.
Now back to the blog tour.
This is a sort of publicity tour I am delighted to take part in. Each day one of the people featured in the magazine writes a post and links to the next person who is taking part. So if you want to join in the tour, or if you are already on it, your next port of call , Tomorrow, 3rd March, will be the blog of Deb Bates.
If you want to go back to the start of the tour, then visit the tour guide and editor of QA, Pokey Bolton
. A most delightful and encouraging person!
Here's the full list
If you pop in on the blog tour please leave a calling card so I know you were here.
EDIT:I have had so many requests for a tutorial for these little purses that I have decided to make one and have it available in my ETSY shop. Please give me about two weeks as I am having a little break and will do it as soon as I get back. I'll blog about it when its ready.
Thank you so much for the compliment.