Wednesday, 23 April 2014

...beautiful submissions....

We know you would like to see some of the other entries to our Textile Jigsaw of Words competition.  Sadly, it's not possible for us to offer you all a free place on one of our workshop, but if you've submitted a patchwork piece and are able to join us for a workshop this year (where there are still places available) we're offering as an incentive a 10% discount - see our website; and 5% off any of next year's (dates will be available at the end of September).  Use the code TJW14.

Jane Whigham

Denyce Aresti

Denyce Aresti

Jone Hallmark

Isabella Simpson

We'll be posting more pieces over the following week as well as images of the progress we are making on the final quilt.  All and any feedback most welcome.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

.... and the winner is.....

At last!  All the workshop leaders have chosen their favourite jigsaw submissions and the majority verdict is that Claire Sounes' three beautifully executed and creative pieces made her a worthy winner. We are extremely grateful for the seventy plus entries from all over the world - we know how much thought and hard work was involved in thinking through and then creating each piece.  Everyone entered the spirit of the competition and we anticipate a beautiful final quilt (though it might be some months before it is completed);  our plan then is to auction it to raise funds for the Cambodian Childrens Fund

AS you can imagine, it was a tremendously difficult task for the workshop leaders to choose their favourite piece as there were so many brilliant submissions, but the three that Claire submitted  reached the finishing post with a majority of one vote! and she will be joining us for one of our workshops later this year.  Over the next few weeks, however, we will be posting photographs of many of the other submissions and cataloguing our progress with the quilt.  We very much hope that you have had as much fun as we have collaborating with this project.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

... announcement pending.....

We were absolutely delighted with the number and quality of entrants to our Textile Jigsaw of Words competition and the plan was to announce the winner at our Reception on Monday evening. Unfortunately one or two of the workshop leaders  - who were to choose the winning submission - were unable, at the last moment, to attend so we felt it only fair considering the amount of work that everyone had put into their pieces, that the absent workshop leaders were given a chance to vote and images have been sent out to them.

Many apologies, therefore for keeping you waiting to discover who has won the prize of a free workshop place later this year.  We promise to let you know within the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, here are a few examples of the very high quality of the entries.  We'll be posting more over the next few weeks....

Monday, 7 April 2014

.... last minute bag buys....

We're fortunate to have one of the best and largest brocantes/vide greniers as a monthly visitor to our local village and yesterday it was choc-a-block full of goodies as usual.  

Meanwhile, we've been busy putting together the goody bags for our reception next week, and fortunately had left enough space for some of the lovely vintage haberdashery items we found at the brocante.  We thought you'd like to see some of them, especially if you're planning to join us for the Raystitch Reception on Monday, 14th April!!  We still have a few places open for the morning and afternoon sessions if you haven't replied yet, but don't delay in contacting us if you like the look of our purchases below!

Don't forget that our workshop leaders will be judging our Textile Jigsaw of Words competition at the Reception.  There's still just enough time to make one or two and post them to us; surely worth the haste when you could win a free place on a Les Soeurs Anglaises' workshop?