Wednesday, 15 October 2014

.... result!.....

Saturday was the closing date for our Ebay Auction and we are delighted to announce that our beautiful Textile Quilt of Words raised over £500 ($800) for the Cambodian Children's Fund.  The highest bidder was a  Les Soeurs Anglaises' past (and hopefully future) participant who had the advantage of seeing the quilt whilst she was at one of our workshops earlier in the year.  We are thrilled that it has gone to such a worthy home and thank you again to everyone who contributed.

LSA's Calendar for 2015 is currently being uploaded onto our website, so it shouldn't be long before you can book on-line ( we promise to let you know the minute it's up).  We are delighted to be introducing two or three new workshop leaders to Les Soeurs Anglaises, as well as featuring our second Open Studio (with a yoga option this time).  And to add a little frisson to 2015, there'll be an amazing Fete de Boogie Woogie for those who just want a few days of brilliant live music, gourmet food and vintage wine in a spectacular part of France at the best time of the year.  A great  Christmas gift for that special someone.

While you wait for the Calendar to go up, here are a few things that might keep you entertained:

  • Well known stitcher and collagist, Cas Holmes is currently exhibiting at Memory Cloth at the  Lace Museum in the Netherlands. It opens on the 12th October and she will be giving a weekend workshop on 13th & 14th December.  The exhibition also features the work of  Cherilyn Martin, Els van Baarle and  Glenys Mann.  
  • On the subject of quilts, read this one about quilter, Leslie Morgan.  The Textile Artist newsletter is also a great way to keep up to date with what's going on in the world of textiles.
  • There will another Clerkenwell Vintage Fair this weekend in Central London if you visiting the Big Smoke.  Really worth a visit if you love vintage clothes.
  • Which is why it's good to hear that one of my all time favourite on-line shops, Donna Flower, has just opened a "proper", real-life, shop in Barnstaple, North Devon, UK.  Lucky Devonians can now pop in and rummage through her eclectic stock whenever they need a pick-me-up.  
  • Our resident monoprinter and all-round wonderful artist, Emma Whigham (you'll see her new drawings on our updated website soon), has started making bright and beautiful jewellery in colourful, geometric designs, soon to be available on her Etsy shop.  As a one-time professional jeweller, she embraces the delicate, handmade techniques and is most happy involved in the slow process of making and designing; an antidote to the fast and hectic pace of our lives nowadays.  
  • We love, love, love Kate Bowles' work!    Having recently had an Open Studio event here where the resident artists, Alison Kuller and Jone Hallmark, were both involved in the art of making books, our eyes have been opened to the painstakingly difficult but utterly satisfying work of creating and stitching a book together, whether it be a journal, sketch or memo pad.   Kate's work and colours are just gorgeous and we hope one day to get her down here to lead a workshop for us.

  • Finally, if you feel you just can't let go of winter, we have a dear French vintage, sleeveless, fine cotton shirt for sale.  It is definitely a UK size 10 / Europe 38/ US size 8, and could be worn over a long-sleeved vest and would great with jeans or a full 50s skirt.   £30 / 38€ / $48 + postage

I'd like to buy it

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

... just a reminder .......

Just a reminder that it's only a day or two to go before our Patchwork Quilt of Words auction, to raise money for the Cambodian Childrens Fund, closes on Ebay and we'd hate for you to miss it.   It's a simply beautiful quilt which has been on display in our Studio for the last couple of workshops and much admired - the photographs don't really do it justice - and we are hugely grateful to all the kind people who sent in a jigsaw piece.  Below is a list of all the people who sent in contributions to the Textile Jigsaw of Words; many sent in more than one!.  A great big thank you from both Les Soeurs Anglaises and The Cambodian Childrens Fund.

Jane Whigham: One never loves enough
Claire Sounes:   Peace and Creativity, Carpe Diem, Love is all you need (x3)
Anna Wright:    Inspiration exists
Denyce Aresti:  Just make things; Raise your words not your voice
Jone Halmark:  It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;  Friendship  USA
Rachel Ross:     when patterns are broken new worlds emerge
Isabella Simpson:  A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Abi Bown: ….pick yourself up dust yourself down
Geraldine Field: To live is to sew to sew is to live
Sue Hill:  Thrift is poetic because it is creative
Daniella Hanson:  Even after all this time (x4)
Christine Green:  Do what you love what you do
Ali Dawson:  Creativity is contagious
Marketta Timonen:  Mama; Rose
Sue Aron:  there’s always time for tea
Lisa Jayne Canhem: You can’t use up creativity (x5)
Beverley Peach: A stitch in time
Jill Meredith: Love the children and give them room to grow  (x2)
Penny Shearer: Drink to me only with thine eyes
Brita Melandez:  You only live once but if………
Margaret Patterson: There is no boundary line to art (x2)
Yasuyo Sugimoto: We were born to live  (x2)
Susu:  I had no idea what I was going to do and wasted no
time making a start
Gail Bett:  She’ll be apples    Australia
Sonia Davis:  Let me not to the marriage of the minds admit impediment
Jackie Jezewski: Bad artists copy great artists steal  (x3) France
Thyra Schubert: Joy      USA
Gill Howl:  May your sorrows be patched and your joys quilted    France
Judi Gedye: Rire les enfants   Canada
Barbra Lindberg:  Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties 
(x2)  Sweden
Jean Coburn:  moon beams on water  (x3)  British Columbia
Ilaria Marzola:  Carpe Diem
Shizue McGreavy:  Search for peace (x3)
Gwen Edwards:  We send hope give all to luck
Andrea Hamilton:  It is free to love spend it wisely  (x3)
Tina Sanderson:  A patchwork of warmth

(Very many apologies to anyone we have missed on this list)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

.... textile jigsaw quilt auction.....

You may remember that earlier this year Les Soeurs Anglaises mounted a competition to win a place on one of our popular workshops (see previous blog).  Interested participants were asked to submit a jigsaw shaped patchwork piece, stitched with inspirational wording, to be made up into a quilt – the finished quilt to be auctioned to raise funds for the Cambodian Children’s Fund, an amazing charity based in Phnom Penh that provides life-changing education, nourishment and healing to vulnerable children from some of Cambodia’s most destitute communities, most of whom live on the rubbish tips around the city.

With a prize worth over £1000 on offer and a great cause at the heart of it, the skilfully stitched ‘jigsaw’ pieces by textile artists from all over the world started to pour in, and once our workshop leaders had chosen the winning piece (not an easy decision) at our Ray Stitch Reception back in April, Les Soeurs had the task of sewing all the pieces together into the one beautiful quilt.  We then backed it with cotton and lined it with vintage French linen and the unique finished quilt, incorporating every one of the wonderful submissions, is now available for auction on eBay.  For the next ten days only, you can add your bid to win this amazing one-off, textile jigsaw - which would look equally good covering a favourite bed or decorating a wall - and at the same time help raise a substantial sum for CCF.

Backed in vintage French linen by Les Soeurs the quilt measures 110cms by 160cms 


We'll be posting developments and letting you know the final amount raised, but meanwhile, thank you to everyone who contributed to this beautiful piece - for their hard work and creativity.  Inspirational!

We'll ask be announcing our new website, with all the workshop dates for next year, very shortly.  There will be a few surprises, new faces, and unusual developments, so make sure you watch this space!