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SHIBORI IN FRANCE

My husband and I had a holiday in Haute Vienne in France in early June.  One of the places we visited was a papermill and paper museum called the Moulin du Got which had an exhibition that reminded me of shibori and manipulated fabric.  Here are some of the exhibits – looking at the website I think these are all by the artist Fritz Jacquet.

"Starry" by Fritz Jacquet 2016 in exhibition at papermaking museum

“Starry” by Fritz Jacquet 2016 in exhibition at papermaking museum

Another creation of paper manipulation

Another creation of paper manipulation

The papermill was in an area famous for its tapestry – Aubusson and Felletin – and I had a fascinating tour around a museum of tapestry cartoons (the paintings which provide the guide for the tapestry weaver).

paper sculpture

I love the way these paper sculptures have been lit!

Do you remember the shibori fabric in the last post and that I thought of making a bag with it? Well, I bought a pdf pattern of this bag – the Zip-To-It from Cloudsplitter Bags – and decided to make a practice version first. Here it is!  I really enjoyed making it and can thoroughly recommend the pattern: it comes with lots of photos to walk you through the (quite complicated) process.  This practice session was useful because I came to the conclusion that Spoonflower’s ecocanvas would probably be too thick to use for it (this one has several layers of quilting fabric plus interfacing and zip and my sewing machine was protesting at certain points!).  So I will use a simpler pattern, and maybe make a tote or a bag for planner supplies (or both!).  I love this bag though, and can see myself making a few more.

flowery Zip-To-It bag

I enjoyed picking out the different fabrics for it from my stash.

I took it to my son Barney’s graduation from Trinity College, Cambridge last month.

Cambridge graduation photo

Posing for the obligatory graduation photo!

I have just started a Facebook group for customers and fans of my digital downloads and scrapbooking papers.  It is called Plummer Printables and I’m hoping that we will be able to discuss what we can do with the digital papers and planner stickers/clipart and share links to tutorials and ideas.  If you are interested in joining, please click the link and ask to be added to the group.

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Embroidery in World War 2

Lynn Openshaw asks for help with her textile student research. She writes:

I am a textile student researching the use of embroidery in WW2 – especially for occupational therapy purposes in hospitals, convalescence homes and POW camps. If any of your blog readers have any reminiscences or piccies which would help my research, please let me know!

If anyone can help Lynn, please email her.

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V & A Online Journal

I’ve just discovered that the V &A (Victoria & Albert Museum in London) has an Online Journal which looks very interesting. There are a couple of patchwork/quilting related articles – Michele Walker: Keepsakes of Identity: Memoriam and Doing Time: Patchwork as a Tool of Social Rehabilitation in British Prisons. Off to read them….

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Another Woollen Mill

While we were in North Wales, we went to a second woollen mill, called Brynkir, just north of Porthmadog. 

Brynkir woollen mill 

It had a water wheel to power the machines:

water wheel at Brynkir woollen mill

Here are some of the machines we saw. 

A bobbin winder:

bobbin winder

A machine to wind the wool into skeins for dyeing:

skein winder

And lots of looms:

looms in woollen mill

As usual, it had a factory shop where I bought some yummy tweed fabric…and a poster with pictures of British sheep. Talking of sheep, look at these two, perched on an outcrop of rock up near the summit of Snowdon:

sheep on Snowdon

I will have to consult my poster to see what type these are, but as I’m typing this on holiday in a gite in Normandy, I can’t do it at present….  by the time you read this, I’ll be back.  These holidays are useful for catching up on blog posts but not for publishing them.

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