Workshop on the Web honours Val Campbell-Harding

The forthcoming issue of Maggie Grey’s online magazine, Workshop on the Web, is a very special issue – a moving tribute to Valerie Campbell-Harding, who died on 5 October.

Few people can have touched as many lives in the world of textiles and embroidery as Val: inspiring, teaching and sharing her great knowledge and delight in exploration. Her life, her work, her writing and her
teaching are all remembered and celebrated throughout this issue by those who learned from her, worked with her, and loved her.

December’s WoW also carries an article by Val herself, ‘Seeing Pink Elephants’, an invitation to play and discover new textures in the oddest of raw materials.

Workshop on the Web represents joyful excellence in textile art, an ethos that owes much to Val’s influence and inspiration. It consistently demonstrates the wonderful creativity of those who practise embroidery and other textile arts, and it’s going from strength to strength as a community. I always love to read it, and this issue is definitely one to treasure.

The December issue of Workshop on the Web is out on 1 December.

Journey with Textilia III

Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre, Sedbergh, Cumbria

9 December 2006 – 7 January 2007

Take 15 women who share a love of textiles. Add life-times of different experiences and then ask them to respond to the word "journeys".

The result is a wonderfully thoughtful and diverse selection of art by an experienced group who have been together and exhibiting for the past twelve years.

"Journeys" by Textilia III opens in the Howgill Room at Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre, in Sedbergh, Cumbria on 9 December.

Each artist uses her own style and favourite materials – from felt, to intricate embroidery or paint and stitch – to tell a story of a journey that has profoundly affected her life.

For some this is deeply personal. Joan Newall uses waxed papers, stitch and words to convey her recovery from breast cancer and her adjustment to a future she thought had been snatched from her. Margaret Moorhouse fondly recalls regular childhood walks from her home near Skipton across paths and countryside to her village church. Linda Dewart has just returned from a charity trek along the Great Wall of China which she undertook as a challenge to become fit enough to face being 50! Her work is inspired by both China and facing the changes that age inevitably imposes.

Other artists have responded by recalling their own travels to different cultures and landscapes that have caught their imagination in some way.

This has led to felt work based on the underwater life and light in Marmari Bay in Paxos, Greece, by Catherine Slater, and to stitched and embellished images evolved from slate rooftops in France, by Sue Allan.

Alongside the main "Journeys" the group will be selling additional textile work for Christmas gifts, including pictures, books, needlework cases and accessories.

Textilia III currently has 16 members who meet monthly to exchange ideas, work towards exhibitions, and keep up to date with contemporary textile work. Last year it launched a website – – to showcase members’ work and post information about current and future events.

Farfield Mill opening hours

Cloth That Grows On Trees

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Ontario

December 6, 2006 – April 2007

Guest Curator: Max Allen, Toronto

A new exhibition opening in December at the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, will show historic examples of bark-cloth from the Museum’s collection, originating from the Pacific Islands, Africa and Indonesia.

“cloth that grows on trees” is made in places (mostly tropical) where the climate is not suitable for raising sheep or growing cotton. Tapa bark-cloth is not woven, it’s not paper and it definitely is not flimsy. It is usually made and decorated collectively, by groups of women who know its production secrets and paint it with stories told in striking narrative symbols.

Textile Museum of Canada

Tapa cloth

Image: Tapa cloth (detail), Fiji, early 20th century. From the Textile Museum of Canada’s permanent collection. Image credit: Textile Museum of Canada. Used by permission.

Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors on the increase

Starting in 2007, both Quilting Arts Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors will be going to a six-issue publication schedule – great news for fans of these wonderfully creative and inspiring magazines.

To say I’m excited about the new schedule is an understatement; it just means we can do so much more with both publications. Patricia Bolton, Editor

More on the Quilting Arts Blog

Creative Quilts: Book Signing with Sandra Meech

A free event at the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, on Sunday November 19 at 2:00 pm.

Join Sandra Meech, quilt artist and author of Creative Quilts… Inspiration, Texture and Stitch. Her new book explores quilt and embroidery design and compositional development, gathering inspiration from contemporary art and other sources, and the use of new techniques such as tyvek and wireform.

Craft magazine with attitude

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The premiere issue of a new off-the-wall craft magazine is on sale now in the US, and by subscription elsewhere. There’s also a digital edition.

Traditional crafting practices and techniques are still the foundation for what we’re doing, yet we’re also incorporating technology, creative recycling, innovative materials and processes. There’s a fun sense of irony, irreverence and attitude in our mission. Carla Sinclair, Editor-in-Chief

CRAFT is the first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance happening within the world of crafts. Our premiere issue features 23 projects with a twist! Embroider your skateboard, light up your clothing, felt an iPod cocoon, knit your own boots, stitch a robot, and more!

Textile crafts are well represented in the table of contents, with needlepoint bangles, a crochet robot, silk screening, ‘New Wave Embroidery’ and ‘Geek Girl takes on Fashion’ among the many articles on offer.

CRAFT: transforming traditional crafts

Looks like a lot of fun – anyone who’s seen it – what do you think of the first issue?

Fine Cell Work exhibition and sale

Fine Cell Work, the charity that teaches needlework to prison inmates and sells their products, is holding its annual sale of cushions, quilts, Christmas decorations and rugs at Chelsea Old Town Hall on 16 and 17 November 2006. This could be an ideal opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, and if you don’t find what you want among the designs on sale, Fine Cell Work will be available to discuss and take commissions.

For those can’t get to Chelsea for the sale, a wide range of products including cushions, rugs, quilts, bags and kits can be ordered online from the Fine Cell Work web site.

Fine Cell Work online shop
Chelsea Old Town Hall

quilting in prison with Fine Cell Work

Weeks Ringle of FunQuilts has written a fascinating and moving account of her visit to a quilting class run by Fine Cell Work at HM Prison Wandsworth.

This post has been six months in the making and proves that you never know where life will take you. In this case it took me to a quilting class at Her Majesty’s Prison Wandsworth just outside of London. This experience changed forever how I see quiltmaking…

Weeks’ articles about her experience are on the Whip Up web site:

Whip Up is "a multi author site with contributors from around the world united by a passion for making things, for beautiful design and for a desire to share ideas with others".

ETN Conference 2007

The 14th European Textile Network Conference will take place in 2007, from 14 to 17 September, in London, UK. The conference is organised by ETN together with the Department of Art, Media & Design of the London Metropolitan University (LMU).

The conference theme is Digital//Craft and the aim is to make participants aware of the new Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC) that is currently being set up by the LMU.

The final programme will be published in January 2007, together with detailed information on registration, fees and accomodation. Meanwhile you keep up with how the programme is developing on the ETN Conference web page.

new Quilt Art festival

QuiltArtLugano 2007

1-2-3 June 2007 – 1st Quilt Festival, Lugano, Switzerland

An exciting new artistic and cultural event takes place in the beautiful Ticino
town of Lugano in June 2007. Organised by a group of women who are active in textile art, the Festival will include:

  • events to promote and develop contemporary and traditional textile art
  • exhibitions of Swiss and foreign artists in several locations within Lugano
    and Montagnola
  • annual meeting of the Swiss Patchwork Association
  • workshops and courses
  • an international competition, and competitions for schoolchildren and for local artists.
  • charity sales of Fabric Art cards
  • trade stalls selling textile art materials

Deadline for entry in the international competition is 31 December 2006

QuiltArtLugano web site