I had a lovely day out with my daughter today at the Creative crafts show held at Sandown Park, Esher. Although I found the exhibits a little disappointing this year (it may just be that I have seen most of it before), there were a couple of esteemed exceptions. Namely Margaret Beal and Richard Box.
I have met Margaret on a number of occasions over the years due to her close connections with and frequent visits to the East Berkshire College, Windsor where I studied for my City & Guilds qualifications. Her techniques never cease to amaze my and my daughter was equally impressed by her method. She just makes it all look so easy, I know from my own previously failed attempts that it isn’t at all!
Richard Box has always been a bit of an inspiration to me, it was a short project of his in a crafts magazine that started me on this journey when I was younger. Ricahrd was running short classes for only £5 which of course is an absolute bargain. I hadn’t pre-booked as visiting the show was a spur of the moment decision that morning but he still had some spaces so I hurried of to the booking area and signed up. The main reason for this I must admit, was to find out how he attaches all those tiny bits of fabric before sewing them as I could never see any remnants of bondaweb or anything on his work. I now know but will not disclose it here! I also gleaned a couple of other very useful hints which were:
To prop my machine up at the back with a couple of rubber doorstops – I had never thought of this but it helps to stop the strain across the top of my shoulders when doing a lot of stitching. I suffer dreadfully from this and usually have to take a break every 20mins or so to straighten up and walk around the room.
To spray my natesh threads with water to help them not to break so often. I love the colours of these threads but have always had a devil of a job stitching with them!
I managed to complete the first part of the sample during the class so it is ready for stitching, I must make sure that I do finish it as I think it will be lovely when stitched. I particularly like the movement in the background.