Well, the exhibition season seems to be over for the time being and I can’t say I’m sorry to have a break. It’s been a lot of fun but also VERY exhausting, especially the last week at our NEOS (North East Open Studios) show. I was there every day of the exhibition demonstrating the machine, and as usual, people were fascinated by it and often stood there for half an hour at a time, just watching the machine perform and asking questions about it.
Here’s the hall, with the exhibition and visitors in place. Those spectacular quilts on the stage in the background were all done by my friend and neighbour Mahri Prince
Part of the exhibition in place
I had quite a few pieces on the walls - here’s a little assemblage of 7 works which regular readers of the blog may recognise
7 pieces from the past year
I sold quite a lot of things, but one of the most popular seemed to be this panel with two doves.
The popular doves
I stitched it out for the first time as a demonstration piece, but someone grabbed it straight off the machine and bought it, unmounted though it was. It went so fast that I hadn’t had time to photograph it for my records, so I quickly painted another background piece of fabric and stitched the doves out for the second time. Would you believe that again someone grabbed it as soon as I unhooped it, but this time I made sure to get a photograph of it before it disappeared! Even so, I didn't get a chance to trim a lot of loose ends from the stitching, so it looks a bit rough