Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Off to beautiful Wales

Work in progress - Tina Francis - Martin Christie (image)

So the end of March came and went which heralded the end of the ICHF Stitching shows until later in the year. I really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to being part of their new show at Harrogate in May.
The exhibition "Where Wool Meets" at Clerkenwell went really well and we are now looking for new galleries to exhibit together.
This coming weekend I will be at Wonder Wool, Wales at the Welsh Show Ground. I am very excited about exhibiting there because it will be my first time exhibiting in Wales. I am taking the printed and counted kits alongside stationary and homewares. Also there will be a limited edition kit especially for the show which has a real Welsh flavour!

The kits use my "Welsh Weave" design which I am using for my current art piece "Same But Different", they have unique colourways because I promise never to combine these colours ever again! (Some of them are truly 1970's caravan!). The mandalas are coming along too and I have been working on some kits for release later in the year.Some of the kits will use 30cm diameter size mandalas!
Tina Francis Tapestry 2017

So a short update from me, I'll have more to tell when I return!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Trying to stitch time!!!

Elisabeths Mum - Tina Francis 2017

I am back on the gallery trail next week when I will be part of a really exciting exhibition called "Where wool meets....". I am exhibiting with two other makers Suraya Hossain and Judith Watson both of whom use wool or its related machinery in their practices.
Suraya knits with wire and produces the most exquisite jewellery, she also uses wool in her knitting kits. I am really excited to see Surayas main piece in the exhibition which is a knitted wire skirt that includes swarovski crystals.  It is a major feat of both knitting and engineering, here is a sneak peak
Suraya Hossain - 2017

Judith combines knitting, tufting and weaving in her practice and is particuarly interested in rare breed wools. She has been very busy collecting samples from rare breeds around the UK and will be displaying where the wool has come from in one of her pieces, for now hers a taste of how she uses texture!
Judith Watson 2017

We are collaborating on a central piece for the exhibition too which has really stretched me so it will be very interesting see how it works.

Our exhibition will open on 27th March and close on 2nd April, you can find us at 33-35 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DS, hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Thanks to Manchester!

Tina Francis - mandalas

I had a fantastic time at ICHF Stitching and Sewing Show in Manchester last week.  I have never exhibited there before but will definitely be back.  I was made to feel very welcome by everyone especially Val Hughes who was my next door neighbour for the duration. We had a fair few laughs mainly about how we couldn't have a chat because of the amount of people on our stands!
This was my first solo show since being away ill last year and so I was a little nervous about how I would hold up! But I did and really enjoyed my time there.
Manchester seemed to especially like "Use Your Stash" and so I had many conversations with people about their stashes, inherited stashes and how one loft is just not big enough! Many people set off home with a pattern and the promise yo use what they already have and to send me an image once they have finished. I am looking forward to seeing what comes through.
The plastic canvas circles are becoming more and more popular and another way to "Use Your Stash" for not much outlay. I heard about 3d dragons being made from plastic canvas and also keepsake boxes. I am definitely going to be producing more patterns and examples on plastic canvas this year.
My next show is Craft 4 Crafters in Exeter, again another show that I have not done before.  I am on the stand with Brenda Kiligrew of IDC Redditch, we will be talking about our Textiles CPD course and City and Guilds 7168 as well as all the other workshops available at IDC. It will be great to see you there and talk all things stitch. 
I am busy preparing for an exhibition at the end of March called "Where Wool Meets..", I am really lucky to be exhibiting with two great friends Suraya Hossain and Judith Watson, there is a lot of work left to do but knowing I will be exhibiting with them is pushing my on.
Thanks for looking after me everyone!
Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Up next!

Same but Different - Tina Francis 2017

So the new year is well and truly underway, during 2017 I will be revisiting my ongoing project "Same but Different" where I stitch the same design but in different colours (see what I did there!) Around 25 of these small needlepoints will be exhibited at Sewing, Stitching and Hobbycrafts show in Manchester and then on to Glasgow, Birmingham and Harrogate. I am really looking forward to exhibiting in Manchester and Glasgow as these were places that I had to decline last year due to ill health. In three years time the work will be exhibited again here in Birmingham and America, the collection will have grown by then to I hope over 100 pieces.
At the Manchester show I will also be exhibiting stitched Mandalas as part of my "Use Your Stash" campaign. With wool being the most expensive part of any kit it's important that we use what have before we buy more. I'm hoping that I will be able to hang them as a "curtain" at the end of may stand.
Mandalas - Tina Francis 2017

One of the great things about the start of the year shows is that you get to meet up with other artists that you may not have seen for a while, I am really pleased that my stand is next to my extremely lovely friend Val Hughes. We share a love of the Nordic design and cave painting is in our list of top ten things! We are going to have a great time there, it's a few years since we've been "allowed" to have stands so close together so please come round and visit us both and see just how much we have in common!
It seems likely that my solo exhibition 7 Stages of Grief will also be on display at Manchester we are just looking at whether there is enough space to hang it. If not then the exhibition will be in a Manchester Gallery in 2018.
Back to the stitching now and also proof reading my new canvas sampler pattern and instructions that will be launched at the show.
Happy Stitching!