Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Inspired by Kantha

Carole has taken traditional kantha designs and interpreted them in a modern way with her piece of work shown as part of 'The Journey Unfolds' exhibition. To see this piece in full then visit the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate from 20th - 23rd Nov 2014


Carole Ward (detail) 




Saturday, 25 October 2014

Marion's mixed media

Marion took inspiration from her garden for this delicate and subtle piece of work combining paper, cloth and other media for 'The Journey Unfolds' exhibition at this year's Knitting and Stitching shows. To see the whole piece, plus those of all 12 members of Out Of The Fold please visit the Harrogate Show from 20th 23rd Nov 2014 


Marion Baker (detail)


Monday, 20 October 2014

Telling tales.........in stitch


Lynette's piece for 'The Journey Unfolds' was read by many hundreds of people when they visited the Out Of The Fold Gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. To see the full (true) story unfold then follow the show to Harrogate from 20th - 23rd November 2014



Lynette Domoney (detail) 




Thursday, 16 October 2014

Goodbye Alexandra Palace........heading for Harrogate

Thousands of visitors passed through the Out Of The Fold gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace during the 5 days of the exhibition. If you missed the show then there will be another chance to see the series of work entitled 'The Journey Unfolds' plus other new pieces from all 12 members of the group when the exhibition moves on to Harrogate from 20th - 23rd November 2014

Copies of the catalogue 'The Journey Unfolds' which accompanied the exhibition can be purchased for £7.00 inc postage and packing from Lynne.pretty@btinternet.com 



Part of the Out Of The Fold Gallery at Alexandra Palace

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

'The Journey Unfolds' has reached destination

After months of designing, printing, dyeing, weaving and stitching, the exhibition at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace is now open!

Out of the Fold are proud to launch 'The Journey Unfolds' exhibition and the accompanying catalogue which can be purchased from the gallery at Alexandra Palace during the show from 8th - 12th October or at the Harrogate show from 20th - 23rd November 2014. The cost if £6.00 per copy.

Copies are also available at a cost of £7.00 including post and packing from Lynne.pretty@btinternet.com

Our first publication!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Caroline is racing towards Alexandra Palace

Caroline Brown has created a stunning free standing body for 'The Journey Unfolds' exhibition at the Knitting and Stitch shows this autumn. Called 'This Wheel's On Fire' it depicts the journey through life using wheeled transport. Here is just one very small part of the piece; to see the whole thing in all it's glory come along to Alexandra Palace in London from 8th - 12th October 2012 or to Harrogate from 20th - 23rd November 2014   



Caroline Brown - This Wheel's on Fire (detail)

Monday, 6 October 2014

All folded up and ready to go

Mary McIntosh's rust- dyed piece for The Journey Unfolds exhibition is packed and ready to journey with those of all 12 Out Of The Fold Textile Artists to North London to Alexandra Palace for the Knitting and Stitching Show exhibition from 8th - 12th October 2014.

Mary McIntosh - The Jounrey Unfolds (detail)


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Karen is bringing her fairytale magic to K & S

Karen Frost has been waving her magic wand (plus many hours of stitching) to create a fantastic free standing piece for 'The Journey Unfolds' exhibition. Her delicate stitched and embellished jacket depicting fairy stories will surely cast a spell on you. Here is just a tiny section of her Nursery Rhyme inspired second piece to inspire you to come along to Alexandra Palce from 8th - 12th October or Harrogate from 20th - 23rd November 2014 



Karen Frost (detail)

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Jane weaves her way to Ally Pally

Jane Rowland has incorporated woven sections into her work, inspired by the colours and textiles of Africa, for her piece for The Journey Unfolds exhibition. To see the whole panel, plus work by all 12 Out of the Fold Textile Artists visit the Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate this autumn.



Jane Rowland - The Journey Unfolds (detail)

Monday, 29 September 2014

Helen heads to Alexandra Palace (and Harrogate)

Helen Marchant's piece for The Journey Unfolds exhibition is based on a journey she has taken often in her native Australia. This is just a small portion - to see the whole thing then come along to The Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace from 8th - 12th Oct 2014 or Harrogate from 21st - 23rd Nov 2014


Helen Marchant - The Journey Unfolds (detail)

Friday, 26 September 2014

Heading to Ally Pally

Penny Bamber is adding the final stitches to her pieces for  The Journey Unfolds exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show. Here is just a small part of her vibrant panel - to see the whole thing visit the Out Of The Fold Gallery at Alexandra Palace from Wed 8th - Sun 12th October 2014



Penny Bamber - The Journey Unfolds (detail)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Janet goes on tour

Janet Valentine's quilt 'From Near, From Far and In Finer Focus' has been selected by Quilters Guild/ICHF for a touring exhibition entitled 'Fractured Images'. It's going to the following venues.

Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts (Formally Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts): Westpoint Centre, Exeter - 25–28 September 2014
Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts (Formally Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts): EventCity, Manchester – 6-8 February 2015
Stitching & Sewing (Formally Creative Stitches):  SECC, Glasgow - 5–8 March 2015
Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch: NEC, Birmingham - 19–22 March 2015
Fashion & Embroidery: Excel, London – 27-29 March 2015

A photo of it is also in Popular Patchwork magazine in the September issue.
Janet Valentine 'From Far ' 

Janet Valentine ' From Near 


Janet Valentine 'In Finer Focus' (detail)


Monday, 25 August 2014

Another step towards Alexandra Palace

Daphne Impey has taken her own textile journey as the basis for her piece for the Out Of The Fold gallery at the Knitting & Stitching shows. www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com

This is an image from one of the panels and to see the whole piece, and lots more work by the 12 members of Out Of The Fold Textile Group, come along to Alexandra Palace from 8th - 12th October 2014 or Harrogate from 20th - 23rd November 2014.

Daphne Impey  detail

Monday, 11 August 2014

The Journey continues to Alexandra Palace

This is a tiny section of Janet Valentine's piece of work for "The Journey Unfolds" Gallery at the Knitting & Stitching Show.
To see the whole piece then visit the Out Of The Fold Gallery at Alexandra Palace from 8th - 12th October 2014 or at Harrogate from 20th - 23rd November 2014.

Janet Valentine  detail

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Journey to Alexandra Palace

Out of the Fold will be exhibiting at the Knitting & Stitching Show 2014  www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com at Alexandra Palace from 8th - 12th October 2014 and Harrogate from 20th - 23rd November 2014

The theme of the Out of the Fold Gallery is "The Journey Unfolds" and all members are working to complete work ready for the exhibition. 

To whet your appetite here is just a corner of  "The Amaizing Journey" by Carole Ward. 

Carole Ward  "The Amaizing Journey" detail


Monday, 14 July 2014

Lynne Selected for CQ Gallery

Lynne Pretty has been selected to exhibit as part of the Contemporary Quilt Group Gallery at the Festival of Quilts 2014. The theme of the exhibition is 'Dislocation'  40 quilts will be on display at the NEC, Birmingham from 8th - 11th August 2014 www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk

Here is a just a glimpse of part of Lynne's wallhanging..............

Lynne Pretty
'Dislocation' detail
  

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Mary wins a yellow rosette at Uttoxeter

Mary's quilt, first seen at the Out of the Fold Finer Focus exhibition in October 2013, won 3rd prize at the British Quilt and Stitch Village www.quiltandstitchvillage.com show at Uttoxeter last weekend. The competition category was 'Lest We Forget' to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of World War One.

Mary says
"This is the first ever competition I have entered so am absolutely delighted to have my work recognised with a third place. Feeling brave now so off to fill in my entry form for the Festival of Quilts" 

Mary McIntosh 'Finer Focus' triptych
30cm x approx 230 cm
Recycled calico coffin cover. Dyed, stamped and stitched. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Janet at Olympia

Out of the Fold member Janet Valentine will be exhibiting work as part of the Contemporary Quilt Group at the Knit & Stitch Show at Olympia from 13th - 16th March 2014  www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com

Janet says:
"After being chosen to represent QGBI Region 8 at the NEC for the 'In the Spotlight' competition in 2013, I really didn't think I would also get a chance to have two of my quilts at the Knit & Stitch Show at Olympia, London in 2014 
'Underground 150' by Janet Valentine

'Underground 150 (detail)

Underground 150 was the quilt made for the NEC last year. Using hand dyed fabrics to represent the different colours of the Underground lines in London I then stitched station names onto this to create a background for the tube trains. Where the lines connect the station names were them stitched in the connecting colour. Sounds complicated but there was a system/pattern to it which seemed to work. It was a very exciting exhibition to be involved in.


'From Near to Far' by Janet Valentine Triptych
From Near, From Far and In Finer Focus was the triptych I made for OOTF's exhibition last year entitled Finer Focus. I hand dyed the recycled calico in the colours that appeared in my photos of Melbourne, Australia. Using these fabrics I pieced a backdrop gridwork and then top-stitched the sun and it's rays onto it. Using a combination of black fabric, net and felt, I used the set patterns in my sewing machine to sandwich these together and to create a textured fabric for the buildings"


From Near to Far (detail)

From Near to Far (detail)


Thursday, 20 February 2014

CQ Suitcase Collection

Two Out of the Fold members have had work selected for the Contemporary Group of the Quilters Guild latest suitcase collection. 
The theme of the collection was 'All in a day's work' and an A3 sized quilt could be made in any style and technique. The collection is made up of 60 quilts from contemporary quilt designer makers and can be hired by groups from the quilters guild  www.quiltersguild.org 

Janet Valentine has made a piece called 'Mornings only'


'Mornings only' by Janet Valentine


'Mornings Only' view on the reverse


'Mornings Only' detail

Janet says
"As the quilt title suggests, I work ‘Mornings Only’ or 20 hours a week at a windscreen company called Car Glass & Trim Ltd in Ipswich, Suffolk.

On reading the title for the New Suitcase Collection, I thought I could fit my mornings work into a quilt and bring my ‘work’ and ‘play’ together.

The background fabric is Thermofax screen printed using fabric paints and reads’ Good morning. Car Glass and Trim. How can I help you?’. When answering the phone I say this, which could be 20 or 30 times each morning.

The appliqu├ęd wording is all the types of jobs we do. Each section begins with a red letter : Windscreens, Sunroofs, Body Glass, Window Tinting, Water Leaks, Cars and therefore these are the subjects I discuss all morning.

I always have 3 mugs of coffee and my mug is red. The majority of my time is spent talking on the phone or working on the computer. The 3 line drawings added as a top layer.

If you do look at the quilt and think it’s a bit muddily . . . . .  that’s because that’s how it is at work! But we always get the job done!!

Methods : Thermofax screen printing, procion fabric dyeing, applique, machine trapunto, free machine quilting.
Materials used : Cotton fabric, organza for the details.

Jan Valentine  2013                                        j.l.valentine@btinternet.com




Mary McIntosh spent 28 years as a Bookseller and her piece combines her love of rust dyeing with the titles of some of her favourite contemporary writers. The term 'Slightly Foxed' is used by Booksellers to describe the rusty speckling of the pages often found on antiquarian volumes. 


'Slightly Foxed - All in a day's work'  by Mary McIntosh  
Rust dyed calico, stamped and stitched. 

View of the reverse 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Peanuts


Jane has made a quilt as part of The No. 1 African Fabric Shop Quilt Challenge organised by Maggie Relph of The African Fabric Shop. www.africanfabricshop.co.uk to raise funds for a clinic in The Gambia.
A quilt made by Helen Conway and displayed at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in 2013 was cut up into 30 'planks' and each one was bought by a quilter to remake in the style and technique of their choosing. All 30 of these new quilts will be exhibited at the British Quilt and Stitch Village event in Uttoxeter in April 2014 www.quiltandstitchvillage.com and then auctioned by sealed bid to raise money for Musas's clinic. 

'Peanuts' quilt made for The No. 1 African Quilt Challenge 80cm x 120cm


Jane says "Peanuts are the only cash crop in the Gambia and I liked the serendipity of the fact that my upbringing in East Africa  started when my father was sent to work on the Groundnut Scheme in Tanzania (Tanganyika) after WW2. Having lived in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana I always find myself strongly influenced by the colours, designs, crafts and music of Africa.

My "plank" was used for the flowers, peanuts, letters and label on the back"
The original 'plank' bought by Jane


Detail with African print  fabric used for the flowers                  

Detail of the peanuts






















Label on the back of the quilt reusing some of the original quilt  









Thursday, 23 January 2014

Czech this out

Lynne Pretty will be exhibiting her quilt 'JaVal' at the 8th International Prague Patchwork Meeting held from 4th - 6th April 2014.

'JaVal' was made in response to the theme 'New Horizons' and inspired by a gift of tulip bulbs by friend and fellow Out of the Folder Janet Valentine when Lynne moved into a new home. This work was  first seen at the Festival of Quilts 2013 as part of the New Horizons exhibition staged by the Contemporary Quilt Group of the Quilters Guild and has been selected as one of those to travel to Prague.

JaVal wallhanging