Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Patchwork Lives

I took this picture last Thursday Evening at Fabrications monthly Craft Club. Meet Richard Walker and his amazing patchwork quilt. I've got to know Richard over the last 5 years through his regular attendance at our classes, craft club and out and about in Hackney. Richard has become a prolific maker and gardener and in his own words is living the life of a "Council Estate Crofter".  After attending Katherine May's Taste of Patchwork and Piecing Patchwork classes, Richard embarked on making his sister this quilt, it contains special fabrics from his family including pieces of his sister's school uniform, needles to say as it gets close to completion he is feeling a little reluctant to hand it over!

Feeling inspired? Katherine is running some more of her classes, this Sunday 13th May - Taste of Patchwork (find out more HERE)  and on Sunday 27th May - Piecing Patchwork.(find out more HERE)

Katherine has also been working on a year long project called 'Patchwork Lives' with East London Textile Arts, who are based in Newham and run community classes and groups teaching traditional textile skills.It is run by local people and is open to those of all faiths, ethnicities, ages and abilities.
'Patchwork Lives' is made up of embroidered depictions of people we share our lives and streets with in East London. Go and meet them for yourself at an exhibition at St Martin in the Fields 14th - 19th May. (opening next Monday 14th May, 6 - 9pm)

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