Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Book is here!! Have a quick peak inside......

Well not all of it obviously, but here's a few pages to tempt you. It's on sale at £10 plus p&p. You'll need to visit the Through Our Hands website by clicking here, or come and see us at Festival of Quilts 6/9th August, NEC, Birmingham, UK. (It'll be on line in a couple of days)

It's 82pp of packed full colour pages with work by all 27 Affiliate Artists and includes extra articles about how they work and their motivations. It has a soft cover and is A4 sized. The foreword is by the amazing Maggie Grey.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Free Tickets to Festival of Quilts!

Things are cranking up here at Through Our Hands, as the last day to see The Liberated Quilt is tomorrow.  The Gallery tell us they've had a very busy week, and there's still time to see the exhibition tomorrow Saturday 25th July.  Why not make a day out and see some stunning work and have a day at one of the three nearby National Trust houses?  It won't matter if it's sunny or shiny, you're sure to have a great time!

This exhibition will then be taken down and sent home to the artists - it won't be seen anywhere else.  We have a new exhibition for you at Festival of Quilts, and it's going to be amazing!

All will look normal...but you'll have to keep watching and things will happen before your eyes! Wowzer.

 We'll also be launching our new book which will be absolutely packed with gorgeousness.

Anyway, if you fancy going and joining us and the other amazing galleries, shows etc., then we have some tickets to give away.  Not just two either - a mighty handful, so why try and win a ticket or two, and pop over to our Facebook page - leave a simple message and we'll pick the winners at random.

Good luck

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Life Story Tea Towels - 6 different ones now available


Printed in beautiful full colour on high quality half panama fabric* from the original quilt by Annabel Rainbow.

Each tea towel measures 65cms x 46cms, and costs £12 plus a small amount towards post and packing. If you want more than one tea towel please contact me for special postal rates based on numbers or use the “Contact Us” button on this website.

* Cotton Half Panama has a single warp thread and a double weft thread. This heavy fabric is mostly used for interior designs, but is great for a tea towel!



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Saturday, 18 July 2015

An afternoon finding out about buttonholes.

People think that because I sew a lot, I must know all about making clothes. Well I don't!

When I was a teenager I dabbled with sewing because you had to at school, but I never seemed to get beyond the tacking stage and the big seams.  Facings and buttonholes always seemed a step too far. So I've never made myself anything.

I did make my daughters some dresses when they were small - before they became too old to complain!

So why, especially when yesterdays posting was all about how busy I've been, did I spend an afternoon making this?  I bought my machine in 2013, and have never even looked at how to do a buttonhole, so I needed to get to grips with that amongst other things.  Amazing how things have changed in the last 25 years!!  It was a doddle with automatic measuring, a choice of styles, and a button to push.  Mmmm, it's ALMOST enjoyable!!  Not saying it's a work of genius of course, but a start. My poor granddaughters.

Friday, 17 July 2015

The Book, The Exhibitions, The Magazine, The Tea Towels, The In Bloom judging, The Websites!

Oh and the blog, which has been sadly neglected!

Of course, this is my number one latest joy, Isabel Grace. I may have mentioned her before!

But there are lots of wonderful things happening at Through Our Hands at the moment that involve quite a bit of work. Laura is number one layout Queen so has been doing nearly all the work involved in the new book......(small fanfare please)....Through Our Hands Portfolio.  It includes not only the work of all 27 artists but feature articles written by some of them too. The foreword is by Maggie Grey, and I'm not saying a word, but I'm frantically studying a Book Of Small Jokes in order to live up to expectations!  (Honestly, you'll have to read what she's written!)

Bilston exhibition is still on until 25th July, so if you haven't seen it and fancy a day out, why not nip along?  All the work is new and it won't be at Festival - so it's a see now or miss it, opportunity. There's plenty of places to visit nearby to have lunch or a wander round, if you want to make a day trip of it.

and yes, as I've mentioned the Festival of Quilts (NEC Aug 6/9th) is a completely different and new show.  The Dementia Darnings from Jenni Dutton, work by Sue Stone, and Genevieve Attinger will be there as well as unseen work by many of the TOH Affiliate Artists. AND we'd love to let you know about the Performance Art that will be going on throughout the 4 days.  Drop by and see us transforming work before your eyes.  If you're one of those lovely people who ask me how I paint quilts, now will be the time to come and watch as I'm going to paint one LIVE for you.  Ecky Thump!!  But, Laura and Linda will be doing an amazing transformation too, and Clare Smith will have something astonishing and new up her sleeve too. We need to buy guttering - what can I say?!!  Come and see for yourself. It'll be on the stand as these are not demonstrations. Intrigued? You might have to listen for a bell.

You'll remember Jenni's work from the cover of the May TOH mag.

I can tell you now, that I have 2 of them in my spare bedroom, and in real life they are absolutely STONKING! They'll be on the stand.

The Mag

Which reminds me, the mag will be absolutely free to read on line again this quarter. It'll still be £3 to download a pdf version so you can keep it, and read when you want to offline, but you'll be able to access the whole magazine online via the website, or by a link sent to your inbox. (you can sign up for this service by completing the Newsletter Form on the website)

The Tea Towels are on their way too and will be at Festival for you to look at and buy if you want to.

The Registry, is coming soon I promise you. As you can see we've been a little busy and have had to put sorting the software out until we can both find time to breath!  I hope you'll bear with us :) Thank you.

Finally, I'd like to leave you with a bit of a sneaky peak at behind the scenes with an In Bloom judge.....

 It's not just about individual gardens of course but the town as a whole and making sure we make the most of what we have.  This is the path at the end of my road, through a wood and alongside the river Leam.

A Kingfisher seen on the River Leam at Welches Meadow

Project Sunflower - grown by local schools for the new Sensory Garden in the Jephsons.

And the annual bedding at Jephson Gardens.

 If you want to see more images or find out about the town, click on the image in my sidebar, and go to the website (which has also taken up a LOT of time!)  Hopefully it'll be a hub for everyone to use...but I've not quite finished it yet.