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My very first trade show - Stitches 2016

Last week I had my first experience of a craft-based trade show.  I took part in Stitches at the NEC in Birmingham, Europe's largest event of its kind.  My textile art, quilts and clothes were displayed on the Aurifil stand, the most popular thread on the market for quilters.  I used their products in all of my projects and had made work to showcase their different threads including Brillo (metallic), Lana (wool), Floss and other weights of Egyptian Mako cotton.  My aim was to validate my idea to sell products featuring my designs, as well as other "Beautiful Tools for Creative People". As soon as I arrived I knew that the creative world is where I want to be. I...

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  The mini quilt pictured here is this year's Valentine, stitched on my Janome machine using Aurifil 50wt threads and my freemotion foot.  It is my first experiment with text in textile art, and is a little wonky!  I received a very inspiring book on the subject for Mother's Day last year, written by British textile artist Sara Impey, and I finally had the time to try it out. I have loved Sara's work since visiting the V and A's seminal exhibition on Quilts from 1700-2010 a few years back, so I was really happy when she allowed me to share her work Between the Lines later in this blog post. The declaration "I Love You More Than Sewing" is a big...

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