Thursday, 6 November 2014

.....possibilities.....

In case the last message slipped through your fingers (or landed straight into you spam file!), we thought you would like to know that our calendar for 2015 is now confirmed and ready to view on our website.   We are thrilled with the new line-up; a combination of popular previous workshop leaders, together with a few highly recommended new craftist/teachers whom we've admired for a long time.  We hope you're as delighted at the prospect as us and we look forward to welcoming back some previous participants as well as new guests in the New Year.   Here goes.....
 Janet Bolton:  NARRATIVE STITCHES  6th-12th May
Julie Arkell:  TOYS  3rd-9th June
India Flint BEING (T)HERE  23rd-29th August
Ray Stitch: Dressmaking Retreat 6th-12 September
Asa Soderman of Asa Tricosa:  SEAMLESSLY CLEVER  14th-20th October

 Please note that there has been some confusion with the dates for the Asa Tricosa
workshop.  It is in October NOT November

It's quite a line up and we're delighted by the range of creative textile opportunities we've put together. If you feel like simply working on a project (or two) of your own in the incredible light and space of our beautiful studio but with all the accommodation options of a regular workshop, there is an opportunity to join a group of like-minded artist/crafters at the end of September for a week of Open Studio / Yoga.  You'll discover a lot more dates and details and information about the venue if you haven't joined us before on our website.  
Meanwhile, you might be interested in a new website we've come across called Botanica Tinctoriaa Candian company that sells trimmings and threads in a wide range of beautiful and fast colours. 
The carefully curated collection of trimmings includes ribbons, tapes, broderie anglaise and rick rack as well as high quality perle and 6-strand embroidery threads in 14 natural colours which are all sourced from traditional dye plants such as indigo and madder. I'm particularly tempted by the cotton voile.....Yummy!
Some of us are now off to Japan (with our knitting, of course) for four weeks of textile research and a much-needed break after a full-on summer season.  But we'll still be open for bookings and you can, of course, contact us directly if anything needs clarifying - we're always happy to help.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

ready, steady, ready...


Hurrah!  We are delighted to announce that Les Soeurs Anglaises' NEW CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2015 is available to view on our website and you can now book a place on one of our exciting textile workshops planned for next year. 
 
 
The ever-popular, gentle but abundantly creative Janet Bolton will be returning to lead another of her superb stitched collage events, as will the ebullient and inspirational Julie Arkell whose workshops are always sell-outs. To keep things fresh we have also invited a few delightful new workshop leaders to join us next year, including  the Internationally acclaimed  dyer and stitcher, India Flint, (who will be flying in from Australia to lead her first ever event for us); the captivatingly stylish and original knitwear designer Åsa Söderman (of Åsa Tricosa fame who will be  following in the massively experience footsteps of knitwear designer, Marion Foale, and will be teaching her own version of the Ziggurat technique). And finally the dynamic duo, Gen and Rachel, from Ray Stitch haberdashery, situated in London's fashionable Islington, who will leading a much-requested Dressmaking Retreat for both beginners and more advanced dressmakers.

It's quite a line up and we're delighted by the range of creative textile opportunities we've put together.  If, however, you feel like simply working on a project (or two) of your own in the incredible light and space of our beautiful studio, there is an opportunity to join a group of like-minded artist/crafters at the end of September for a week of Open Studio / Yoga.

You'll discover a lot more dates and details and information about the venue if you haven't joined us before on our website, as well as booking forms, but do contact us directly if anything needs clarifying - we're always happy to help. Meanwhile, we look forward to meeting some of you next year!

Katie
Susie
Carol

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