The annual Regional summer school is always eagerly anticipated at Alston Hall in Longridge near Preston – a very comfortable residential college in lovely grounds with fantastic views across the Ribble Valley. A central venue for the whole region with 42 members attending from as far afield as Carlisle to South Cheshire.
This year 6 of our members attended the 3 different courses on offer and as usual had a wonderful few days.
4 of us did the Printing Techniques course with Sue Chapman starting on the Thursday evening with dinner and finishing on Sunday with afternoon tea.
1 member attended the ‘Flower Power’ course with Diane Bates and 1 member attended the Hand Applique course with Lucy Smethurst. These courses started on the Friday evening.
Needless to say, the food as usual was excellent – especially now with the new chef – some really great imaginative food. Anyone would think we only go for the food – we don’t of course but it does help us to be extra creative!!!
Some pictures of work are attached – just hope I have the correct names for all the pieces, but apologies if not.
This is the start of a piece of Applique by Monica Selway – you don’t get a lot done very quickly if you want to make a good job of it as it is such fine intricate work - so we are looking forward to seeing a finished piece in some months time we hope.
The next pictures show some of the work done on the Printing Course – a tiring few days bent over print screens, cutting print blocks and experimenting with Procion printing. We all went home with masses of work which will take us some time to turn into finished items I feel.
My prints were on silk and old linen tablecloths which had previously had iron-on transfers applied many years ago by one of my family. I foolishly promised Sue Chapman that I would make something from them to take to the Quilt Show in August – better get my skates on as I only have 4 weeks.
Unfortunately Sue Abbott had to leave early so I hope to be able to show some of her pieces later, plus some of our finished work whenever that gets done!!