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 …

Bunyip Buttons

Did you know that a bunyip is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes?Not quite sure why this button and bead shop is named after one, but if you’re in the Exeter area then why not call in?  I love their …

Ten Plus Textiles @ Garry Olson

It’s great to be able to feature artists who are local to us – Based in the North West, Ten Plus Textiles is a group of 16 textile artists who have recently celebrated 20 years of working with fibres and fabric to create contemporary textile art from a wide range …

Batiks n Beads

Isn’t it wonderful to sew with gorgeous fabrics and notions?  I was at a Ricky Timm’s seminar at the beginning of the year in Oldham and watched all his amazing hand-dyed fabrics being snapped up almost immediately.  By the time he got to mentioning them in his talk they had …

Pauline Burbidge’s Retro Exhibition

Loved the article on Pauline’s work in the Quilter magazine this month.  7th September – 1st December 2012 PB Retro will showcase a wide range of work following the evolution of Pauline’s style from early geometric piecing to the free form, expressive use of collage and stitch, that has become …

Working on New Taster Course

A busy couple of days working on a new taster course for SST’s website.  I’d forgotten that I’d actually taken over 70 photos when making up the prototype, so guess who’s spent the last few hours having to re-size, crop and adjust them! Note to self: be more judicious with …