Patchwork Group visit to New Biggin

On March 20th four of the patchwork group ladies went to visit the textiles exhibition held in the Maritime Centre New Biggin by the Sea.

It was a small exhibition of work by several people incorporating appliqué and reverse appliqué pictures, embroidered pictures, fabric stamped work, felt work, clipped and carpet making technique work and other fine works of art using a range of textiles and beads.

It was a good day with spring sunshine to enjoy in lovely surroundings and fine company.

We even found a sewing and patchwork shop to visit with friendly staff.

And you have to have fish and chips at the seaside!

Report by Oonah Hackett

Patchwork Group Visit to South Shields Custom House.

Four of the group went to the Customs House Paddy Killer exhibition yesterday.

Her talent is historical lace from 16th 17th and 19th centuries and transferring the patterns onto silk and glass and paper. It is very intricate and beautiful work and some patters taken from her grandmothers samples.

It is a small exhibition but worth seeing if you are visiting South Shields before the end of March.

Report by Oonah Hackett

Patchwork Group Outing to Harrogate.

A few of our patchwork ladies went to Harrogate Quilting exhibition on Friday.

Instead of the usual display of quilts there was a display “Journeys in Stitch” by Gillian Travis.

All I can say and it was the consensus of the group the work was amazing and her talent of making a story picture from fabric bought on her travels was exceptional. I really enjoyed her work and it made a nice change to see a different exhibition.

There were some quilts on show and the standard of work displayed in these quilts was enviable and I for one was in awe of such talented ladies.

Money was spent as we become like children in a sweet shop when in the quilting environment with lots of goodies around and the draw of material of every colour and design is too much to resist. Here’s to the next time.

Report by Oonah Hackett

Patchwork Group Outing February 2018

The 2nd of February was the date of our first outing of the year. Six of the group met at Newcastle City Library to see the exhibition of quilts done by “The Boys” a group of survivors of the Holocaust or their descendants to remember the atrocities.

The real quilts are too precious to send out so the quilts displayed are a facsimiles of the originals. Even though it would have been nice to see the real work it was a privilege to be able to see this precious exhibition as displayed.
Each square was done by the person or  family members  with their own story to tell of their particular experience and effect on their family the war and events the Jewish people had to endure.

There was written accounts for each block to explain about it and these were very personal stories and were quite heart rendering. There was also a video loop telling the story of the families and the formation of the group. How future generations will take on the work of keeping the history going and more importantly to make the world aware of their stories so it may never happen again.

It is well worth a visit even for such an emotive subject. it is also a free entry.

By chance running along side the quilts is an Anne Franks exhibition telling her families story which is worth a visit and a few minutes of your time.We as always need the coffee stop and lunch on our outings, and can highly recommend the library café.

All enjoyed the group experience and a day in each others company thank you all for a lovely day.

Report by Oonah Hackett

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