A Christmas tree, an Exhibition and a Show

Ushaw, where I have my studio, has a very busy Christmas programme.

Ushaw, Durham, photo by Amanda Jane Textiles

On Friday 29 November there was a launch of the Christmas Tree Festival and the Christmas Selling Exhibition.  This year there are more than 100 trees. My contribution is a ‘Textiles Tree’. It stands in the fireplace of the Refectory at Ushaw. All the decorations involve textiles of some kind and the majority are stitched, with a mixture of hand and machine stitching.

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The cover for the stand that you can see at the base is my ‘Christmas Tree Skirt’ – you can find the pattern here.

The Winter Selling Exhibition is being shown in the William Allen gallery at Ushaw.

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The walls are hung with works by local artists. I have three pieces in the exhibition, one of them is this small wall-hanging, ‘Joy’.

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For information about opening times for Ushaw, visit http://www.ushaw.org.uk

I wasn’t able to be at the Friday launch of the two events because this year, for the first time, I was teaching at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate.

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I have been going to this show since I first did my City & Guilds in Embroidery and thoroughly enjoy the variety of fibre-based crafts that it offers, including embroidery, dressmaking, felt-making, lace-making, knitting, crochet, weaving, dyeing, macrame and more. On the display board of samples for the workshops in the ‘Learning Curve’ you can get some idea of the variety of classes on offer.

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I taught a workshop to make a ‘Quirky Bird’ panel (seen in the centre of the photo above) on Friday morning from 8.30-10.30 and on Sunday afternoon from 1.00-3.00. I bought some lovely French printed fabric last time I was away on holiday, which I shared with the participants.

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The workshops are taught in partitioned areas like the one below.

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A wonderful feature of the workshop programme is the provision of a ‘Class Angel’ who helps with set up, for example threading the machines and set down before the next class. I was very appreciative of my two Angels!

More about the Knitting and Stitching show in next week’s post…

 

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