I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. I was introduced to patchwork and quilting while studying Level 2 City & Guilds (C&G) course in Soft Furnishing.in the 1990’s. I was hooked and proceeded to do Level 1 and 2 in Patchwork and Quilting and Teacher Training course. I then taught both C&G courses in all levels for over 15 years. I have been very fortunate over the years to have had so many talented and inspiring students who won C&G awards for their work. I now teach Contemporary Quilt Workshop at Morley College, London and have beginners, intermediate and advanced patchwork and soft furnishing classes in my local area.
Inspiration for my work comes from the world around me, environment, colour, line, textures, ... I tend to work in a contemporary style. For most of my work I now use my own hand dyed, screen printed, mono-printed, rusted, discharged fabrics. I both hand and machine quilt. I am always learning and exploring new techniques and enjoy sharing my delight in art and cloth with others.
Mini Gallery of work by Dani Atkinson. To view please click the thumbnail below. [supsystic-gallery id=7]
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Green Man, 2019, by Cathy Corbishley Michel[/caption]
Cathy started using Cyanotype photographic printing (Blueprint) in 2001. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, Europe, USA and South Georgia, and is in private and public collections (Kingston, Wilson, Shackleton and South Georgia Museums and UK Quilters’ Guild)
Her Antarctic work (2010-date) features Shackleton’s Scott’s Expeditions. The Captain Cook series (2017-18) were shown at the Hull Maritime Museum and the Ferens Art Gallery. Threads of Green (Yorkshire Museum of Farming, 2019), explored the Green Man and Medieval art.
She is based in South West London and lectures regularly to Textile, Photography and History groups.
Portrait of Billie (2019) with Annie Folkard to the right.
I took up patchwork and quilting in 2018 after many years of not even threading a needle. I originally trained in fashion and textiles at Manchester Polytechnic gaining a first in 1976. This was followed by, amongst other things, work in costumes at the BBC, a diploma knitting course at Leeds University, followed by years of creative inactivity as I switched to earning a living by working for WaterAid in the 1980’s when it was a small charity, just starting up. For the last twenty or so years I have worked locally, so that I could organise family life more readily.
In 2018 I started quilting seriously when my oldest friend introduced me to her world of quilting and I immediately joined the Quilters’ Guild and 4 months later, I, together with 3 others I met at my first Region 1 regional day, started up our own South West London Quilters.
I am still finding out what direction I want my work to take, and I have a lot to learn, so I have been attending workshops both real and lately virtual, to catch up with where I want to be in the quilting world, most recently, before lockdown I was studying at Committed to Cloth doing their surface design course at weekends.
Two pieces of my work which I took to a regional day's "Show and Tell" were selected to be displayed on the Quilters' Guild stand at the Knitting and Stitching show in Autumn 2019.
I am a member of both the Contemporary and Modern group of the Quilters' Guild, and an active committee members for both the South West London Quilters and the Contemporary London Quilt Group. I have set up, written and run both of the group's websites. https://swlondonquilt.org.uk
In January 2021 I was awarded the Quilters' Guild Travel Bursary and am planning to attend a Nancy Crow workshop in the autumn.
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River by Connie Gilham[/caption]
Connie Gilham hated sewing at school.
Despite that, she gradually discovered how satisfying dressmaking could be and continued making clothes until a holiday to New England in 1994 where a visit to Keepsake Quilting changed everything.
Not long after Connie found Marsh Quilters and started taking classes with Janice Gunner. Her
spell as International Officer for the Quilters’ Guild widened her quilting horizons and she enjoyed seeing a different range of textile art
in other countries. Connie
loves dyeing , painting and printing fabric and using silks and velvets in my work. She
got an honourable mention at the Festival of Quilts in 2016, and won 2nd
prize in the Contemporary category in 2017.
Patchwork and quilting became a slightly obsessive hobby for Jill about 10 years ago, and she moved rapidly from traditional patterns and designs to City and Guilds courses with Barbara Weeks, a teacher who encouraged her to experiment with dyeing, printing and the experimental techniques of contemporary quilting. An introduction to the Quilters' Guild and its Contemporary Group led to Jill volunteering to act as Treasurer for the specialist group and then for the whole Guild. She harbours a suspicion that she is invited to groups for her financial rather than quilting skills!
Being part of a group which aims primarily to exhibit is the next step on her development and it seems to be a lot of fun on the way.
Valerie’s passions are colour and pattern, which have driven her obsession with textiles for three decades. Traditional patchwork quilts using commercially printed fabrics were her primary inspiration and although her work has become increasingly contemporary she still enjoys the challenge of confining herself to ready-made and “found” fabrics. The collection of such materials — from Amish stores to Australian boxer shorts, Mexican markets to a tatty tablecloth found on a beach in Greece — is an important part of her practice.
Valerie has a City and Guilds in patchwork and quilting and a BA Hons (2011) in embroidery and mixed-media textiles from Opus/Middlesex University. She was selected for the Graduate Showcase at the Knitting and Stitching Shows, and twice for Fine Art Quilt Masters at the Festival of Quilts. She has also exhibited with Prism and Stitch-Links.
I started sewing when I was in primary school. We used to have one lesson a week to learn embroidery. Then I continue that for lesisure and learned knitting and crochet.
I did my City and Guilds courses stage 1 and 2 in creative embroidery at Chelsea College of Art and Design. I also did a teacher training course. In different centres around Southwark, I have taught embroidery, patchwork, knitting, crochet, silk painting and weaving. I am always keen to learn new ideas and skills.
I work as a part time crafts tutor. My blog can be viewed at nkneedlework.wordpress.com
and my Instagram is at Instagram.com/nkneedlework
As a headteacher in north London I began quiltmaking in the 1970s at an evening class led by Michelle Walker, followed by City and Guilds. Further classes and workshops have continued to develop my skills, approach to design and exploration of cross-cultural traditions. Having lived and worked in Latin America, Africa and South Asia I enjoy researching the socal history behind a chosen theme, so that it has layers of meaning embedded in the cloth and stitch.
As a social anthropologist I am interested in what quiltmaking means to the makers and the role of quilts in people's lives. I initiated and led the UK oral history project 'Talking Quilts: Saving Quilters' Stories' 2004-2007, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (www.quiltersguild.org.uk). I carried out research into the UK quilting 'revival' during the 1970s. (See "I thought I was the only one", Quilt Studies, 20,2019,35-68). Over the years I have also published related articles in The Quilter.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a needle and thread in my hand. I caught the patchwork and quilting bug in the mid 70s as the revival of the craft was starting. Gaining a City and Guilds qualification in the early 90s focussed my ideas and enabled me to start to develop my own work.
My current inspiration comes from a variety of sources, including peeling doors, the coast and skylines. I take lots of photos and make notes when we are travelling and even if these ideas don’t come to fruition in completed pieces I always have a rich seam of inspiration to draw on. I love colour and particularly enjoy working with hand dyed fabrics. I use a wide variety of techniques including applique, piecing and machine quilting. I am hoping to combine some hand stitching with machine quilting in future work.
Viv started making patchwork quilts in the 1990s and her work is informed by traditional quiltmaking. Patchwork allows Viv to express her love of fabric and colour. She mainly makes scrap quilts using many different fabrics, the more the better.
Viv is currently working on a series of miniature patchwork quilts.
They are made with love and care. The fabrics, threads & needles are selected through experimentation.
Some fabrics are vintage or even antique. Some are sourced from America, India or Japan. Some are hand dyed. Other scraps come from recycled clothing and textiles. All are chosen for their special qualities that Viv finds beautiful in some way.
Each quilt is hand pieced and quilted taking many hours of patient and detailed work.
An exhibition of these quilts will be shown at the National Trust Stableyard Gallery, Morden Hall Park in October 2020.
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I draw my inspiration from the natural world, using landscapes for whole cloth wall hangings and local scenes and flowers for smaller-scale embroideries referring to photographs as a starting point. My childhood spent in Zambia has had a great influence on the colours I prefer to use – the ochres of the African soil and the dusty yellows and browns of the sun-dried savannah grasslands. I use thickened procion dyes either painted or mono-printed on to cotton to create the background landscape into which I then hand or machine stitch to provide detailed texture and imagery. I hand dye both cotton fabric and embroidery threads to complement other materials and techniques that I use in my work such as paper lamination.
I am a member of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles, the Embroiderers’ Guild, Spectra Textile Artists, Fabricata, Kaleidoscope and TwoplusTwo.
Cherry Blosson detail
I love textiles - handling them, decorating them, cutting them, rearranging them and stitching them to make something that pleases the eye as well as the hand. My work is everchanging and continues to develop as I discover and explore new ideas and techniques. Most of my pieces are quilted wall hangings ranging in size from the smallest at 8 inches square to up to 60 inches tall. I have also over the years made king-size bed quilts, lots of baby quilts and everything in between. Website: https://www.clothroadartists.com/artist/lucy-poloniecka/
Jeni came to quilting through City & Guilds embroidery when it was suggested that she take over a retiring tutor’s patchwork class. This led to further C & G courses but her more creative quilting only emerged as a result of the dubious “mmm?” reaction from her tutor towards her proffered work. Jeni says "Whatever I produce always take far longer than I expect because I do a lot of quilting but I feel this is worth it to get the results I want. The surprising exception was “We Are London”
for the Capital Contrasts exhibition which was quick, easy and enormous fun.
Linda Seward went to Rutgers University/Douglass College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics, before studying fashion at Tobe Coburn School in New York City, where she lived for several years. She worked in publishing as a needlework & crafts editor in both America and England. Linda has written many needlework books, including The Complete Book of Patchwork, Quilting & Appliqué and The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting, published in 2014. In addition to making quilts, she lectures internationally on quilt making and works as a freelance writer, editor, teacher and quilt judge. She is a member of London Quilters and The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.
My mother taught me to sew at a very early age, and my quilting journey began when my sister inexplicably bought me a rotary cutter for my birthday 20 years ago! I joined the Vancouver Quilt Guild learning the basics in their workshops, but soon progressed to designing my own quilts. Since moving back to London in 2014 I have joined various groups and exhibited at the Festival of Quilts and with LCQ. I love bold, graphic designs, having been influenced by my artist father, Gordon Snee, and am currently working on a series of quilts inspired by his work.
Mini Gallery of work by Rae Snee. To view please click the thumbnail below.
Rachel has always enjoyed sewing. She came to patchwork and quilting in about 2000, her mother-in-law had lived in the USA in the 1990s and one of the books she brought back inspired her to have a go. However the demands of a full time job meant that she was mostly self taught with modest ambitions. With retirement in 2014 Rachel embarked on learning, through the City and Guilds patchwork and quilting qualifications and about dyeing fabric at Committed to Cloth, and making patchwork and quilting friends. She now enjoys starting with white fabric and dyeing it before cutting it up in to small pieces and putting it back together again. She also enjoys hand sewing and embroidery. However she has yet to settle on a style and wishes that she was better at turning the image in her mind's eye into reality.
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Headline News, 2019, made for the Quilters Guild Spotlight@40 gallery - Festival of Quilts[/caption]
Since the age of six, when I learnt to knit, I have been a maker of things textile related – clothing, household furnishings, both large and small and knitwear. Quilting came into my life by chance with a friend’s expressed intention to make a quilt so I felt I had to try one myself and was hooked on the process and the outcomes. After a decade of quilt making I took a new direction into art quilts and mixed media work. I now work in textiles and mixed media, inspired by both the natural and man made worlds. A theme is explored in depth leading to a large body of work on my chosen subject; topics I have explored include monochrome and line, poppies, Virgil’s Georgics and concrete brutalism. I paint fabric and stitch paper, incorporating text, digital imagery, mono printing and both hand and machine stitch.
My work is held in private collections in the UK, USA and Australia and has been featured in books and periodicals.
I am a member of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, London Quilters and New Horizons Textile Group.
Study of April greens by Nicola Whayman
Nicola has always had sewing as part of her hobbies, but she really started her quilting journey in 2013. Attending a beginners patchwork and quilting class with Val Nesbit at her local shop ‘Creative Quilting’ it soon became a big part of her life, not only as a hobby but also starting to work at ‘Creative Quilting’ in the shop. In 2018 she started a long distance learning course with ‘Creative Stitch’ based in Suffolk and this has developed her passion for design work and being more creative on the art side. She spends a lot of time making sample and kits for the shop and gifts for friends and family. However the design and creative side that her course and being part of CQL has developed is starting to grow. She enjoys the texture of different fabrics and threads and enjoys mixing these together to creative textured quilted pieces. She gets inspiration from nature and the outdoors, and is working on a colour study for each month from her daily dog walks. She finds being part of Contemporary Quilt London (CQL) group a great inspiration and motivates her to get pieces finished.
Dianne has been embroidering and stitching all her life and started quilting about 20 years ago. She works with all types of fabrics and threads, dyeing and quilting and embroidering both by machine and by hand. She considers each project to be a journey and never likes to over plan, preferring to start with simple ideas and allow them to evolve organically.
She is fascinated by boundaries, both physical and emotional, and a lot of her work reflects this. Walls, fences and trees in particular have featured in a lot of her work and she particularly enjoys the texture and decay/distress that can be brought into this element of her work.
Following a C&G in Machine embroidery she has studied with Claire Benn, Leslie Morgan and Christine Chester. Since studying with Christine she has increasingly become interested in mixed media and is trying to incorporate much more into her work. Despite her recent background in Machine Embroidery she still loves hand stitching and the meditative qualities that it brings.
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Nicqui took up patchwork and quilting in the 1990’s quite by chance when asked by a friend to fill a space on a quilting workshop. Having always sown she initially dabbled a little with traditional patchwork but found her creative textile voice on becoming an early member of the Committed to Cloth community in 2002. She completed a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting with Janice Gunner in 2015, exhibited at Festival of Quilts the following year as a Diploma graduate and was also nominated for the Medal of Excellence. Her work is nearly always wholecloth using a combination of surface design techniques and can be found in a number of publications and private collections. More recently she has focused on the use of earth pigments and acrylic paint in combination with procion and natural dyes and has rediscovered the joy of hand stitch. A member of the Quilters Guild, The Surface Design Association and Studio Art Quilt Associates.