This year Sunday was thinned out from the very start! No crowds to speak of, which means Paradise for the photographers and Hell for the traders. I spoke to a bookseller who said it has been the same at other shows this year. 'We just have to hang in there, and wait for better times'.
Anyway, today I want to share some photos with you. First let's take a look at embroidery details:
|Simple but striking, Radiate Sketch by Helen Parrott, Sheffiled|
|Machine and hand embroidery mixed with beads.|
Gorgeous Showers, by Sarah Showers, Rothwell
|On her quilt, Tree of Life, Helen Cowans has used machine embroidery and beading.|
|Lilian Harris of Sevenoaks used her computer and sewing machine to make an excellent quilt with Blackwork embroidery.|
Another topic I want to talk about today is quilting in Japan and England. Many Japanese quilters romanticise the English look and make quilts you expect to find in a Jane Austen story. On the other hand many English quilters are inspired by Japanese fabric or design. These quilts look exotic to Europeans but 'unusual' to the Japanese; they would probably have made something different.
|Hiromi Yokota from Yokohama made a charming quilts with baskets, Wrapped in Gentleness|
|She also made this quilt, Flower of 13115 Pieces & Peace. The title tells you how many hexagons there are!|
|Diane Cowell of Huntingdon made her Celestial Flight out of various Asian fabrics|
|Janet Sheen from Haverfordwest got inspiration from Yoshiko Jinzenji's designs and made the striking 'Kimono Day and Night.|
This Kimono pattern is much more frequently seen in quilts made outside Japan. I wonder why as it is a neat design for piecing.
I found two interesting entries in Quilt Creations.
|Gillian Travis paid tribute to Swedish folklore with her set of Svenska Tillbehör|
|A Pearl Beyond Price, by Marvis Walker of Lightwater|
Isn't needlework and quilting fun?!