Well, the William Morris Quilt is finally finished and is on our bed. I love it and so pleased I decided to make it. There are some mistakes, not all of the green stones are square, but unless you look closely you would not notice.
Well, I have nearly finished the Quilt, the top is completed and I have the pieces cut ready to sew up for the back, a main centre piece of red with green border that will come over to the front of the quilt. Just need to find time to get on the machine & complete it.
I thought you might like to see the progress of the William Morris quilt that I have been making on the little Willcox & Gibbs sewing machine.
As you probably already know, I am Chrissie Menzies and I am a textile artist living and working in Mid Wales, I am also a director of Wonderwool Wales, the largest wool and fibre festival in Wales and one of the largest in the UK. I do most of the organising and running of the event which is held annually at the end of April at the Royal Welsh Showground.
Welcome to my latest blog. I have been quiet for rather a long time, but I am now back on course with an updated web site & Instagram page - @Chrysalisarttowear_
Happy New Year! 2019 has brought new ideas for projects, the main one being to make panels for two rather nice metal 3 fold screens. With these in mind I visited Beckford Silk in the Cotswolds before Christmas to buy 1/2 metre lengths of various colours to experiment with, some of this fabric will also come in handy for making small samples ready for two Nuno Felting Workshops that I have been asked to run this year. Whilst at this wonderful Silk shop I found 4 long scarf seconds with William Morris prints, well being a big William Morris & Arts & Crafts fan these just had to go into my shopping bag! I am now considering using them to make up the nuno felted panels and then to stitch some of the pattern outlines. - Watch this space!!
Well, I have been accepted for Made by Hand in Cardiff at City Hall on 2nd to 4th November, and having been on the reserve list I now have a stand, no pressure! Lots of stock now has to be made in a rather short time.
The botanical printed vest is now finished and the silk noil fabric has a lovely soft drapy feel to it. This is the first time I have eco printed with this fabric and shall definitely be using it again. It doesn't have the same sheen as finished silks, but is still rather nice.
Welcome to the beginning of blog posting from The Studio here at Chrysalis Art to Wear, I hope you enjoy reading updates and news on what is happening here in the lovely hills of Mid Wales.
As you may have noticed on the Workshop page, I organise occasional workshops at The Minerva Centre in Llanidloes. In July Jackie Cardy gave a 2 day workshop making felt pictures, there were 11 of us on the course and some lovely pieces were produced all to be worked on at home afterwards adding stitch, hand and machine, to the pieces. Here is my finished picture which I have mounted onto artists' canvas backed with black felt. Inspiration came from the Botanica book in the Kew Museum range, a really fabulous book with amazing illustrations.
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