More from Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch

Hello again. Before it feels like old news I thought I pop a few more photos from Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch here. This first one is of some lovely work by Wendy Rudd. Wendy was our neighbour for the show and we were very grateful to her for holding the fort for us when we were delayed by the rotten weather. Wendy's part of a textile and mixed media exhibiting group called Reveal. I was drawn to these pieces because I'm working on a Boro inspired quilt of my own at the moment. Loved how Wendy had chosen to display them too.

One of the nicest things about getting out and about to the shows is the opportunity they provide to catch up with old friends. It was lovely to have time to chat with my pal Bobby. We don't get together nearly as often as we'd like. I'm hideously envious of her studio so it's lucky for her that she's far enough away for me not to gatecrash on a regular basis. Her studio by the way, is where she holds workshops in textiles and art and also welcomes wonderful guest tutors such as the likes of Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn. If that sounds intriguing then do visit her website where you'll find a list of forthcoming workshops and ongoing courses.

Here's Bobby holding a piece of barkcloth from Uganda. Not only does Bobby work incredibly hard teaching, making her own work, writing a new book, etc. etc., but she and her husband are spearheading some incredible charitable work in Uganda to help villagers set up a farm, build houses and install solar panels. Their charity Hands Up for Uganda encourages the villagers to use the materials local to them and traditional skills such as those used in producing barkcloth and making baskets. Amelie came home with a pair of barkcloth shoes (I'll have to photograph her wearing them for you to see, they're gorgeous), and I couldn't resist this beautiful basket.

Bobby's been using the barkcloth in some of her new work, combining it with print and hand stitch.

Thanks for dropping by,


  1. Enjoyed seeing Bobby's work and the rest of the group at the show. Also looking forward to another workshop with her at the end of the month.

  2. Have been catching up on your new blog, thanks for a taste of the NEC show, makes me sorry I couldn't get there this year. I also have 'Bobby Studio' envy, going back there in August for my second visit. Good luck with the blog, although I'm not sure where you are going to find the time to fit it in!

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