Over the past few months I have been running a stitching group in Spring Hill Library in Birmingham. It is my local library and a real centre of community and learning. Many of the people who have learned to stitch have found it to have been quite therapeutic but at the same time challenging. Trying something new has really been great for us all and I am looking forward to what we do next. Here is some of the work that has been completed so far using secondhand wool and my Use Your Stash patterns.
So far it has been an adult only group but on 6th August as part of this summers "Summer Reading Challenge" activities I ran a workshop at the library where we all learnt how to thread a needle and stitch to our hearts content. There were 12 kids of various ages from 4 up to 12 and the results as you will have seen at the top of this blog were great! Here are some more.
I think you will agree they are fantastic. Hopefully I will be doing more stitching for younger people in the future at the library so I will keep you up to date.
Thinking about learning has reminded me as usual about my good friend and tutor Kim Thittichai who as you will know got me into this world in the first place. She is currently at the NEC here in Birmingham for Festival of Quilts, this is a great show and is well worth a visit even if quilts are not your thing! There is always so much inspiration to be found at a show like this from the colours to the textures. So many quilts are on display it really does take your breath away.
Having been an art school student with Cannon Hill Art School it feels like this summer has been all about learning for me too! My work is on display at The Mac in Birmingham along with 68 other students it was a great project to be involved with and I will be stitching at the MAC all day 20th August so if you want come along and learn just drop in!
My next large show is the WI Fair in Harrogate in September which celebrates 100 years of the WI in which time a whole lot of learning and passing on of skills will have happened. I will be running a brooch making workshop and also talking about my work and how to use your stash. More about this next time.