Hot? Yes, me too!

printed GladRags square featuring the Crinkle-Crankle gardenI was going to do some felting for you this week but it has been so very hot, I decided to use a picture I had made of the music of Sing a Rainbow as the banner and leave explaining felting until we get some cooler weather! My felt is wet-felted (rather than needlefelted) and made using warm soapy water and a lot of rubbing and rolling, so I am sure you will understand why I am waiting for a dip in the temperatures.

We have had some really pretty submissions from supporters this week – and I particularly like this one from WHP team member Matt. It looks like a cyanotype print and it would be lovely if Matt would get in touch with us to confirm this. The shades of blue and grey are so restful. Matt has created the print from a photo he took of his work-of-art curvilinear mowing in the Crinkle-Crankle Garden at West Horsley Place. 

GladRags square showing tulips in a vaseI’ve picked out Liz Batterbury’s pretty embroidery because it is so clever and I hope it might give you an idea you can adapt for yourselves. Just look how she has used netting to give the impression of water in the vase. If you have a bit of netting, why not cut out some fish shapes in other fabrics and overlay with the netting to make a fish-tank? You could add some woolly bits or ribbons for weeds? Liz shared her inspiration and thoughts on the project with us, 

"Like many I have been shielding for weeks on end, so for me sitting in the garden in the sunshine particularly during early lockdown, with some lovely tulips provided me with the idea for the square.

I think the project is a great way to showcase how people coped during these extraordinary times,  and when the patchwork is completed, it will provide a great talking point for generations to come."

GladRags square showing a garden in the sunshineThinking about sitting in the garden after sunset when the temperatures dropped a bit, reminded that we had this beautiful square on file from Sylvia Gardner. Such a lovely view, and even better with a glass of cold white wine - or whatever takes your fancy!

We’ve seen so many beautiful squares incorporating stitch, crochet and knitting, applique, patchwork and printing – if you’ve been inspired over the weeks, why not have a go yourself and let us have your square to add to our patchwork?

Just send a good quality picture to [email protected] so that we can include your work too. Don’t forget to let us have your name (if your email doesn’t make it clear) and if you have time to tell us what inspired your design, that would be lovely too.

Look forward to more lovely pictures in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile – stay safe!

Nancy Shafee is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Fibre Art Network, Heritage Craft Association and current Chair of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen.

Nancy lives in West Horsley. She teaches feltmaking and sells her work through The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Milford and Haslemere Museum.