Sunday, 22 July 2012

Summer schools

I'm getting very excited as I start to prepare for a summer of workshops!

In August, have been invited to Gawthorpe Hall in Lancashire which houses the Rachel B Kay-Shuttleworth collection of textiles.  This nationally important collection includes needlework and embroidery from the 17th Century, patchwork and quilting, costumes, a collection of lace and other textile crafts.  Workshops are held in a converted stable block and I will be showing how to make stunning jewellery by mixing traditional knitting skills with contemporary materials.  The course is almost booked up but if you want to grab one of the two remaining places then please contact Gail Marsh who is the curator for the RBKS Collection of Textiles at Gawthorpe (

I've also started volunteering at Birdcage in Skipton, a vintage/charity shop which supports Behind Closed Doors for victims of domestic abuse.  It's so much more than a charity shop because it hosts workshops and drop-in sessions to teach sewing, rag-rug making, patchwork and many other crafts.  Over the summer  I will be running a free drop-in session at to decorate wooden coat-hangers.  Visitors are asked to bring some coat-hangers with them but Birdcage will provide the other materials and know-how to transform them into mini works of art!  In return we ask that some of the coat-hangers are donated to the shop to display our lovely clothes.

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