Beads Up North

As usual, Gordon Halfpenny is running the Beads up North show at Haydock Park Racecourse this year on the 28th July.  It’s a single day event from 10-4.  You can find out more at the address below http://www.beadsupnorth.co.uk/ Gordon also has a shop and mail order business situated in Accrington …

WorkSpace – good and bad points

Some of your will already know that I’ve been having work done at home.  It’s now at the stage that I have had to make some decisions about my new workroom.  It got me thinking about what’s vital, unessential and nice to have if possible. I also guess this will …

Textile Trail at Stroud this weekend

36 artists and designers are opening their doors on  11 & 12 and 18 & 19 MAY 2013 Now in the third year the Select Trail 2013 offers work from textile and contemporary craft makers who live and work in the glorious Stroud Valleys. You are assured of a warm …

Fine Cell Work

Don’t know how many of you have heard of this?  It tends to be quite controversial, with strong feelings on both sides: some take the view that it’s a great thing for the prisoners to be occupied and earn money, whilst others feel that its inappropriate for them to profit …

Craftfail – a showcase for our failures!

One of my pet annoyances is the huge ruse that ‘professional’ designers and artists seem intent on practicing on the general public at large.  En masse they seem to manage to convey the impression that they never have disasters or failures when they are working on something and that whatever …

Wonderwool 2013

Wonderwool Wales is the premier Wool & Natural Fibre Festival in Wales. It was set up in 2006 in order to promote wool and natural fibre production and its use in Wales. The Event was funded by a Leader + grant from the EU and managed by Powys County Council, …

City & Guilds Centre Charges

City & Guilds Centre Charges – what they mean for students Some “interesting” news to come from City & Guilds this month: I don’t know if this is common knowledge or not, but a few years back City & Guilds decided to impose a minimum yearly spend on their centres.  …

New Flickr Gallery Uploaded

180ish photos of student work have been uploaded to Flickr today – these are samples from work that came into the SST office since November of last year.  Many thanks to Marj for her hard work in collating them all! It’s wonderful to see so many – thought we’d been …

The Button Project

A stunning exhibition of contemporary handmade buttons will go on show alongside the silk costume collection at Macclesfield’s Heritage Centre this June.  Running from June 14 – August 8 the exhibition will be launched at Barnaby, the town’s summer festival of art and fun, and will showcase work by artists …

Spotted Cushions from Oakshott

Just ‘spotted’ this modern cushion pattern from Oakshott fabrics.  As someone presently in the market for new interior furnishing, but who doesn’t like the ‘floral fancy’ type of cushion, this would be ideal for me, so I thought I’d share it with you too. ‘SPOT ON’ Appliqué Scatter Cushions are …