Saturday was the first lovely day we have had (weather-wise) for a rather long time. Great day to be in Brighton!
My initial impression of the show when we first went in, was a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. My main interest was to see the sewing loveliness and all I could see were stalls and stalls of beads and paper crafts, which of course are great, but not what I had been hoping to see.
|Beads, beads, beads...|
But hark! Another hall! FULL to the brim of sewing, stitching, quilting...
I first found the Madeira Embroidery Competition - "Best of Blighty" - WOW
|Jennifer May Lehm - Denmark|
|Claire Wood West Yorkshire|
|Close up of the larger piece above|
|Close up of the swimming part of the larger piece above|
|a bit more detail|
|The overall winner - Michelle Blower, Staffs|
I then came across a stand featuring an outstanding piece of work by Karen Casper (click on her name to take you to her blog) who is a Mixed Media Textile Designer, the most amazing dress with soooo much detail in it. She happily told me it took about 200 hours to do!!
|and this is just a TINY part of the detail this dress features!|
|Byron-inspired work by Barbara Taylor|
|Beautiful work by Barbara Taylor|
|And a rather lovely chair by a student at Portsmouth College (sorry - no name!)|
|Beautiful Quilt by the Quilter's Guild|
So all in all, a rather outstanding day! There was so much inspiration around...oh, I almost forgot - a gorgeous machine-embroidered piece by a local designer from Hove called Wendy Dolan (www.wendydolan.co.uk)
|Wendy Dolan, textile artist|