Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Sue Stone at The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber

Dora & Carmel - Sue Stone
Inspired by a memory from Ina Olohan

Textile artist, Sue Stone has a solo exhibition, Re-Tellings, at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber until 20 October 2019.  It's a must see show, and you still have time to pay a visit.  Sue's work typically features a considerable amount of handstitching where she uses a small number of different stitches to maximum effect.  This exhibition also includes her digital prints and iPad drawings too!


Sue Stone Textile Artist

The exhibition is inspired by memories - not just Sue's but others' too.  Members of the public were invited to take part by sharing memories of themselves and their relationships.  These took the form of anecdotes and images...


Memories

The common link in this selection is family & friendship...

They shared the knitting of the jumper - Sue Stone
Inspired by a memory from Pamela Richardson

The pictures here represent just a few of the stitched artworks on show...

The Girls Go To London Town - Sue Stone



6 Little Girls - Sue Stone
Inspired by a memory from Tilleke Schwarz

A Family's Life 1 - Sue Stone
Inspired by memories from V Mackman


In addition, there was a pictorial representation of Sue's life story in the form of a portrait for every year of her life so far...

66 a self portrait (part) - Sue Stone

My favourite picture was Dora & Carmel (see top), although it was hard to choose.

As well as the exhibition,  I was also just in time to book onto one of Sue's workshops.  Sue encouraged us to experiment with running stitch. With a palette of three fabric colours, we explored stitching patterns round our chosen applique shapes (and their negative counterparts) using different thread weights and different textured threads.  We also looked at looping, threading and fabric manipulation.  Sue had lots of samples to inspire us.  Here are my samples...

Running stitch with applique & threading


Looping

 
Fabric manipulation


And here's what everyone did...

Workshop participants' samples


I can't wait to to get on with some more samples - thanks, Sue!

Do go and see the exhibition.  The Ropewalk is a great place to visit!


Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Tree Leaves & the Woodland Trust

Tree Leaves Yarnstorm in Rowntree Park, York - Summer 2019

Once the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm installation was taken down, had its visit to the Tree Leaves Laundrette and went online, the trees & leaves were ready for sale to fundraise for the Woodland Trust.  Our first sale was in Rowntree Park, York.  We had fantastic sunshine, a great response and people queing to buy. 

Trees for Sale

Our second sale was at the Trafalgar Bay pub and also brought in some lovely customers.

More Trees & Leaves for Sale

Finally the remaining trees and leaves plus the extreme knitted conifer and the big knitted leaves that were on the tennis court fence were purchased by York Greenways. York Greenways exists to protect and  enhance the ecology of the accessible traffic-free routes from York into the surrounding countryside. Their vision is a network of green corridors leading to places of interest or refreshment, encouraging York’s residents and visitors to explore and value the biodiversity and heritage in and around the city. 

York Greenways are going to reinstall the yarnstorm on the Solar System Greenway - the cycle path that goes from York to Selby.  If you've never cycled or walked along the Solar System Greenway, give it a go - it's a great route.  You don't have to do the full length unless you want to and there's refreshment en route at the Brunswick Organic Nursery and the former Naburn Station or take a side trip to the local village pubs nearby.

Letter from the Woodland Trust

In total, we've raised over £800 for the Woodland Trust.  The Woodland Trust protects and campaigns on behalf of this country’s woods, plants trees, and restores ancient woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people.  Their vision is a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. So I'm sure they'll put the money to good use.

So all that's left to say is a big THANK YOU to everyone who made this happen - we couldn't have done it without you - it's been fab!


The Tree Leaves project was sponsored by the Friends of Rowntree Park, Bettys & Taylors Group & supported by Boyes 

Monday, 16 September 2019

On-line at the Tree Leaves Laundrette

De-stringing the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm

You may remember that we recently took down the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm which had been on display in Rowntree Park this summer....

The Tree Leaves Yarnstorm in Rowntree Park, York - Summer 2019

After de-stringing, the Tree Leaves went in the wash...

The Tree Leaves Laundrette

and then on-line...





ready for the sales to fundraise for the Woodland Trust. Here are the sale dates for your diary...

Saturday 21 September 2019 – Rowntree Park (just below the cafe)
York, YO23 1JU 
10:00 – 15:00


Thursday 26 September 2019 – Trafalgar Bay
7 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB
19:00 – 21:00
Please spread the word.  We would like to raise as much for the Woodland Trust as possible.  If you'd like to contribute but can't make the sale, there is a donation tin in Rowntree Park Cafe...

Woodland Trust Donation Tin in Rowntree Park Cafe

or you can donate directly to the Woodland Trust here and please mention the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm.

If you want to read more about the project take a look here.  

Hope to see you at the sales soon!


Friday, 6 September 2019

New Stock for The Ropewalk

Liberty Print Fabric Necklaces


I have parcelled up a delivery of goodies for The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber.  It's a great place - lovely things to buy in the Craft Gallery, interesting exhibitions, good cafe, great garden with sculptures and you can find out all about the history of rope making at the Barton Ropery in the Ropewalk Museum.  The building has a characteristic ropewalk from its ropemaking days - hence the name!


So in the delivery as well as some lovely fabric necklaces (see above), there are also some People & Places brooches...
 
People & Places Brooches & Map Pouches

some Femmes Fatales brooches...
 
Femmes Fatales Brooch


a whole selection of different button brooches...
 
Leather & Bird Button Brooch
Vintage Button Brooch


Tea Cup Button Brooches
Ceramic Button Brooches


And lots of other button brooches too!

not to mention domino and vintage coin brooches... 


Domino Brooches

Vintage Coin Brooches

And if that's not enough to whet your appetite, there's some sparkly flower brooches...


Sparkly Flower Brooch

and some knitted wire bird brooches too... 


Knitted Wire Bird Brooch

So, go on - take a look, there's so much to see!


Sunday, 1 September 2019

Farewell to the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm

The TreeLeaves Yarnstorm

The Tree Leaves Yarnstorm has been on display for over a month and on Friday it was time to take it down.  Deborah and I packed up our dismantling gear and spent the morning taking everything down...

Deborah Working Hard
All gone on the tennis court fence

 I hope everyone who wanted to see it, got the chance.

No more trees and leaves in the arbour

But if not, here is a recap of some of the lovely trees and leaves on display...

Contributions to the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm
Contributions to the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the #TreeLeaves either in Rowntree Park, York or online.  We've had lots of positive comments and lots of different people have enjoyed seeing it...
 
Clockwise from top left - Ted, Attila & Timea, Helen & Helen, Lily

We are selling the trees and leaves from the yarnstorm to fundraise for the Woodland Trust. Here are the sale dates for your diary...

Saturday 21 September 2019 – Rowntree Park (just below the cafe)
York, YO23 1JU 
10:00 – 15:00


Thursday 26 September 2019 – Trafalgar Bay
7 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB
19:00 – 21:00
Please spread the word.  We would like to raise as much for the Woodland Trust as possible.  If you'd like to contribute but can't make the sale, there is a donation tin in Rowntree Park Cafe...

Woodland Trust Donation Tin in Rowntree Park Cafe

or you can donate directly to the Woodland Trust here and please mention the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm.

If you want to read more about the project take a look here.  

Thanks to everyone who took part and to our sponsors and supporters, the Friends of Rowntree Park, Bettys & Taylors Group & Boyes.



Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Treemendous Tree Leaves

All loaded up and ready to go!

Today Deborah and I installed the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm.  It was a lovely day for it.  We arrived at Rowntree Park with all our equipment and everybody's fab makes and set up camp...

Tree Leaves Base Camp

And look, we had an audience straight away... 

 
We definitely made progress, with Deborah concentrating on the little trees and leaves...

Deborah hangs all the little trees and leaves

while I concentrated on the big ones...


and finally it was finished...







Extreme knitting, big knitting, finger knitting and some fab knitted, stitched and crocheted leaves

So if you are wondering what this is all about, keep reading.  The installation was designed and made by Deborah New & I with the amazing help of the local community and those further afield.  We came together to celebrate craft and creativity, to put “Art in the Park” and to fundraise for charity.  This installation will be in place for about one month. (It will be coming down in late August).

The charity we are supporting with this project is the Woodland Trust. They protect and campaign on behalf of this country’s woods, plant trees, and restore ancient woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people.  Their vision is a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife.  After the display is taken down, the trees will be sold to raise funds for the Woodland Trust.

Sale dates are as follows: 

 Saturday 21 September 2019 - RowntreePark (by the cafĂ©) 10-3pm
Thursday 26 September 2019 – Trafalgar Bay Pub, York 7-9pm 

Or if you've enjoyed seeing the installation, why not pop into Rowntree Park Cafe where there is a tin (just by the till) for your Woodland Trust donation.  Alternatively you can donate directly by visiting the Woodland Trust website - click here.


What do you like best about the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm? And which tree or leaf is your favourite? Please post your pics on social media using #TreeLeaves and #urbanforest.

If you want to see more about the Tree Leaves Yarnstorm check out these  blogposts:












 
 


The Tree Leaves project is sponsored by the Friends of Rowntree Park, Bettys & Taylors Group & supported by Boyes