Sunday, 13 May 2018

Sketchbook course exhibition on Tuesday

I'm showing some of my work from the C&G Creative Sketchbooks course in this little exhibition on Tuesday.

Monday, 7 May 2018

A bit too busy to blog at the moment...

I haven't had much chance to blog in weeks!  Straight after the Knit and Stitch Show at the Rheged Centre, I had three days of the City and Guilds Creative Sketchbook course I'm doing at Gillian Cooper's studio, followed by the Quilters' Guild annual conference weekend to prepare for, where I was teaching and lecturing, then a day with the Stockton-on-Tees sashiko class, before coming to Japan.  We went straight up to Hirosaki for the Kogin Festival (kogin is counted sashiko), then to Yamagata city for Yuza Sashiko's big exhibition, followed by Kyoto (my first time there) and Tokyo... Many photos taken and lots to write about, but no time for now!  Today I am seeing Kabuki for the first time, if we can get tickets.

I'm traveling with Katie from Japan Crafts.

With Keiko Kawamoto of Olympus at the Kogin Festival (far right) and a friend of Jane MacDonald (BeBe Bold).

My students' work on display at Yuza Sashiko Guild's exhibition.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Knit and Stitch Show, Penrith - sashiko and boro classes next Sunday

I will be teaching two classes at the Knit and Stitch Show near Penrith on Sunday 15th April, and we will be taking some of the Japanese fabrics to sell too.

Title: Learn Sashiko with Susan Briscoe: Marking and Stitching Maru Shippo
-          Date: Sunday 15th April
-          Time: 10.00am
-          Duration: 2 hours 
-          Location: Pennine Gallery  

 Title: Learn Sashiko with Susan Briscoe: Mini Japanese Boro Bag
-          Date: Sunday 15th April
-          Time: 2.00pm
-          Duration: 1.5 hours  
-          Location: Pennine Gallery

The workshop size bags are the smaller ones in the photos below.

The maru shippo workshop is the same one I taught at the Prague Patchwork Meeting last weekend and the boro bag class is the one that was oversubscribed at the Spring Quilt Festivals at Harrogate.  Booking is direct through the Rheged Centre - click here for a full list of events for the weekend.

Monday, 12 March 2018

World Textile Day in Llanidloes next Saturday

We're returning to Llanidloes next Saturday (17th March) for World Textile Day.  This is the 10th anniversary of the start of WTD, when there were only three traders - me, The African Fabric Shop and Textile Traders - in one gallery at the Minerva Centre in Llanidloes.  It has all grown a bit since then!  Details are here.

Our theme this year is 'Working Together' and I'll be giving the morning talk, all about how sashiko is being passed 'hand to hand' in Japan, looking at the work of Yuza Sashiko Guild among others.  Yuza Sashiko is also celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year, which is a nice coincidence.  Their next exhibition in Japan will be during Golden Week in Yamagata city.  More details of that soon...

Join us for textile fun and treasures on Saturday!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Prague Patchwork Meeting article for The Quilter

Here's a short article I wrote about the Prague Patchwork Meeting and our visit last year, courtesy of The Quilter magazine (the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles quarterly member's magazine - The Quilter, Spring 2018, issue 154). I'm going again this year, taking a special exhibition of sashiko (both mine and some of my student's work) - with a bit of boro of course!  I'm busy sorting out which quilts are going into our exhibition today. Click on the images to see the articles large enough to read.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Snow, and sashiko class cancellations

We've had quite a lot of snow in Kettins.  The snow plough and gritter came quite close to the house yesterday, but not until 3p.m.

I'm glad we came straight home after the quilt show at Harrogate last Sunday, as I'd have been stranded in Stockton otherwise.

I had to cancel the sashiko class in Stockton for last Tuesday.  The replacement date will be Tuesday 19th June.

I've also had to cancel the Edinburgh class for Saturday.  The replacement date for that will be Saturday 19th May.

At least snowy weather is good for stitching!

My friend Katie over at Japan Crafts couldn't get to the Spring Quilt Festival at Duxford as planned this weekend due to snow around her village in North Yorkshire.  However, she's doing a 'free postage' event for everything on her website until Sunday night, so it's a good time to stock up on supplies!