Here we are more than a year since West Horsley Place got involved in the GladRags Project and there are still some beautiful pieces of work to share with you.

Marion Woodward has sent in a number of designs during the year and her pictures really do inspire. It’s such lovely work and her inspiration and colours are so uplifting.

The one we have used for the banner this week, she tells us, represents lives interconnected but not joined together. A fitting thought for a year or more when the common goal to produce pictures to inspire others and bring us together has been such a successful local/regional project. We hope that seeing each other’s designs and having a go at some of the projects/techniques we have suggested have given you plenty of enjoyment – and maybe some simple projects to try with children too.

Marion’s second design depicts coming out of darkness into light – the end of lockdown and a period that has been difficult for so many people.

Probably the thing we have all struggled with most is the lack of face to face contact with family and friends and with the warmer weather and businesses re-opening there is definitely a feeling of anticipation and enthusiasm in the air.

As life starts to return to ‘normal’ we realise it is probably time to wrap up the GladRags Project at West Horsley Place and look towards working out how to join them all together. We will be accepting new squares until the end of May- so there is still time to join in the project or make another square! Please do continue to send images to [email protected] and drop or post the original in to Clare at West Horsley Place. 

We plan to collect them and sort them into date order so that our completed artwork gives us a pattern for the passing seasons. To guide us with the date order, it would be really helpful if you could add a sticky label on the back, or a piece of paper pinned to your piece with your name and the date (or at least the month) you did the work.

Clare will be contacting all square-makers by email to see if you would like to join in the 'big sew' to create our patchwork of all the squares. We are hoping to organise a weekly session, led by me, from June onwards. Don't worry if you would like to help but don't feel confident sewing- we will need help with sorting the squares and measuring as well.

Meanwhile, with the sunshine and spring flowers around us, it seemed a good time to include these latest squares – from Jill Richardson-Jones (painted rose), Debbie (flowers above) and Joy Davis (crocheted flowers) – all reminders of these lovely spring days!

If you would like to take one last opportunity to submit a square to be included, we’d love to receive it – your deadline is as above! If you have only just discovered the project, we need your design to be 15cm x 15cms with a margin of 1cm all round to allow us to join your work to that of others.

I’d like to thank Clare at West Horsley Place for involving me in the GladRags Project and on behalf of West Horsley Place, I’d like to thank you all for giving me such lovely designs to include in my blogs.

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.