image by Norfolk Museums Collection This month, we are focussing on sewing and well-being. Today, we shine a light on the work of Lorina Bulwer (1838-1912), a woman who, having been denied her freedom and power of expression, used her needlework to give vent to her feelings and thoughts. Born in Suffolk, after the death … Continue reading Stitching how you feel: Lorina Bulwer
Our word of the day is 'patience'. Patience with ourselves, with others and also our quilting! Being patient and kind to ourselves is really important to our well being. In a busy world that never stops and the fast pace of technology, sometimes we need to take a moment to ourselves and have some 'me' … Continue reading Patience
Happy Monday everyone! It's well being month here at Youngish Quilters and today's motto is 'be a pineapple!'. Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside. That means be confident, know your own self worth and be kind to yourself and others. If you fancy making your own pineapple visit the Sew … Continue reading Be a pineapple!
Check out this interesting article on The Guardian website exploring sewing and wellbeing. Did you know about the calming effects of sewing? And how it can help people express and heal themselves? Click here for the full story... The lovely illustration above is by Eva Bee
We hope you enjoyed our environmentally-aware themed January here at Youngish Quilters. I think we all agree that considering how our stitching impacts on the world around us is important. But how about the effect on each and every one of us as individuals? I know quilting helps me to relax - the act of … Continue reading Welcome to February – and a book giveaway!!
We first saw Emma's work on show at the Knitting and Stitching show in November 2019 and we were mesmerised! Today we are lucky to have Emma join us for an exclusive interview about her experiences and her beautiful work. Please tell us a bit about yourself, how you got into textiles and sewing – … Continue reading Meet Emma Wilkinson: Designer, Embroiderer and Kiltmaker
This beautiful quilt was made by quilter and Guild member Pauline Mills. Pauline is totally committed to using recycled fabrics, this piece is made entirely from striped shirts! We are now living in ‘a throw away society. The UK now sends many thousands of tonnes of clothing to landfill every year!’ We hope this has … Continue reading Recycling fabrics: Pauline Mills
The last post introduced you to two textile artists and here is another who recycles, this time, some very old textiles. Mandy Pattullo trained as a surface pattern designer and was encouraged by her college to look at old fabrics to get inspiration. This sparked an interest that led to Mandy to start collecting old … Continue reading Textile Artist – Mandy Pattullo
We know that a lot of you reading Youngish Quilters are concerned about our environment and this awareness shows through your quilt making. We hope you enjoyed reading Tuesday's post about Natural Dyeing - did it inspire you to think about trying something new? Today's post offers some more sources of inspiration for environmentally aware … Continue reading Inspiration round-up – eco-aware quilt making
I was so excited to be assigned this topic, because I've been immersing myself (not literally, obviously, haha) in natural dyeing over the past year, and it's been so much fun that I'm dying to tell you all about it (see what I did there? I'll stop with the silly jokes now). Firstly, what is … Continue reading Natural dyeing