CRAFTING, visiting hours

Visiting Hours: CraftBomb @ Ulster Hall / Craft Month

I can't believe we're already halfway through August Craft Month - the biggest one ever in fact, with Craft NI curating over 150 events celebrating Northern Ireland craftmanship. I attended the launch of CraftBomb in the Ulster Hall last Tuesday, an exhibition showcasing the best of the handmade decorations that adorned the streets of Northern Ireland during Voluntary Arts Week in May.
 

CRAFTING, CREATIVITY, CULTURE

Nominated – thank you!

I'm delighted to announce that The Patchwork Quill has been nominated in two categories of this year's Blog Awards Ireland. This is the third year of the awards and the PQ has been lucky to be nominated in both previous years, reaching the shortlist in 2012. This year we're on the longlist for the Best… Continue reading Nominated – thank you!

CRAFTING, Read of The Month

Read of the Month: The Great British Sewing Bee – Sew Your Own Wardrobe

Welcome to Magazine of the Month in its new, improved incarnation! A monthly magazine review proved to be an over-ambitious feature idea (even for this mag addict), plus there are so many other types of inspiring reading material out there for those with arty interests and crafting curiosity. So books, blogs, newsletters, websites, e-zines, magazines, pamphlets, papers and… Continue reading Read of the Month: The Great British Sewing Bee – Sew Your Own Wardrobe

CRAFTING, Read of The Month

Read of the Month: The Great British Sewing Bee – Sew Your Own Wardrobe

Welcome to Magazine of the Month in its new, improved incarnation! A monthly magazine review proved to be an over-ambitious feature idea (even for this mag addict), plus there are so many other types of inspiring reading material out there for those with arty interests and crafting curiosity. So books, blogs, newsletters, websites, e-zines, magazines, pamphlets, papers and papyrus... each month I'll be recommending a read.
 

CRAFTING

An old star Sings again…

Last week's episode of The Great British Sewing Bee saw the contestants presented with old-fashioned Singer sewing machines and asked to complete a series of tasks based on old patterns, techniques and styles.  As most of you know, I am the very proud owner of a 1950s Singer 99k machine, kindly gifted to me by… Continue reading An old star Sings again…

CRAFTING

An old star Sings again…

Last week's episode of The Great British Sewing Bee saw the contestants presented with old-fashioned Singer sewing machines and asked to complete a series of tasks based on old patterns, techniques and styles. As most of you know, I am the very proud owner of a 1950s Singer 99k machine, kindly gifted to me by my Granny a few years ago.
 

Monday Makes

Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

Hello! It's hard to believe this is my first post of 2014 - where have those months gone?! I'm sorry for abandoning the Quill for a while; job changes and work commitments have eaten up a lot of my time and energy over the past few months. However, I'm pleased to say that during this… Continue reading Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

ReFound Makes

ReFound Makes: The Loving Spoonful’s handcrafted jewellery from spoons

In the latest of The Patchwork Quill's series on ReFound's talented artists, John Bird of Loving Spoonful takes us through his fascinating process of turning beautiful silver spoons into even-more-beautiful jewellery. 1. Pliers,side cutters,wire-end caps and beads are used in the first stage. 2. All beads and end caps are threaded unto the wire and the… Continue reading ReFound Makes: The Loving Spoonful’s handcrafted jewellery from spoons

ReFound Makes

ReFound Makes: Sue Gifford’s hand-painted homewares

Cork artist Sue Gifford uses nature as one of her main inspirations for creating beautiful, hand-painted interior items. She gives Patchwork Quill readers a tantalising glimpse into the creative process that allows her to create these stunning pieces. She is one of ReFound's newist stockists and her delicate designs on silk off-cut cushions are an… Continue reading ReFound Makes: Sue Gifford’s hand-painted homewares

ReFound Makes

ReFound Makes: Mandie Lowry’s record stool

Mandie Lowry is an illustrative artist from Belfast who has created some stunning items of upcycled furniture for ReFound. Her imaginative use of materials has seen biro, chalk paint and danish oil employed to create her pieces. Mandie has put together a fabulous tutorial for Patchwork Quill readers to create their own Record Stool. You… Continue reading ReFound Makes: Mandie Lowry’s record stool