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The Environment & Recycling

Over the last 30+ years there have been many attempts at launching initiatives to help save the environment with varying degrees of success.

As we are increasingly seeing and experiencing the adverse affects our existence is having on the Earth, it is now clear we must take these issues more seriously and make steps, however small, towards helping the environment or the future of our beautiful planet looks bleak.

At Stable House Textiles we are adopting 3 of the 6 R’s  – to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can and incentivise others to do the same.

Trading in pre-used textile products is not a new idea but it can help us recycle some of the thousands of tons of precious textile resources which are still ending up in landfill every year.

Our current collection, Denim Revival, has been inspired by my interest in denim and its long history.

Since the development of denim fabric by Levi Strauss in the 1890’s of Gold Rush America, it has been synonymous with tough and enduring products.

In recent decades denim has served to reflect the creative and sometimes rebellious nature of youth culture from successive generations, by the ways it has been incorporated into casual wear, street and catwalk fashion.

Today the use of denim is seen across all generations.

Each of our products has been thoughtfully re-designed to use the reclaimed denim as economically as possible. 

We also use as many other recycled fabrics and components as we can.

It is fascinating  to wonder at the history of each piece of denim we use, where it originated from and how far it might have travelled in its former life. It will now be given a new identity and a prolonged life.

By trading in and up-cycling your old denim products you will receive a £5.00 discount off any Denim Revival product you buy and be helping the environment in the process.

Please spread the word and help us to source as many pre-used denim products as we can.

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Art Appliqué Workshops

   

Continuing with my aim to promote and encourage recycling and all its variations I have been excited to see the outcome of the Art Appliqué workshops which have run over the past few weeks.

         

The results have been very pleasing and proved a really great way to use up smaller scraps of fabrics. Those on the workshops have produced creative and painterly pieces of textile art and it has really challenged their ability to interpret images through the use of fabric texture and colour.

      

This has been a really successful and rewarding workshop and will run again this year so look out for upcoming dates.

  

 

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Patchwork Workshops

As recycling has again become a hot topic in recent months I have revived a long time desire to help the environment by focussing on techniques and materials which help even if in just a small way. This can be achieved by saving as much waste from going to landfill as possible and so the use of scraps of leftover fabrics and adornments go a long way towards achieving this.

Patchwork is one of those techniques and it has been great to see some creative uses of materials during the patchwork cushion workshops.

More Patchwork and recycling workshops will be run over the summer and I hope to see some of you joining us.

 

 

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Felt Landscape Workshop

   

Atmospheric and unique felt pieces were created at the Felt Landscape Workshop, reflecting the individuality of those who attended.

Careful selection of subject, colour and embellishment resulted in very impressive work, This was especially so considering this was the first time everyone has worked with felt.

      

 

 

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Wool Art Workshop Project

 

 

       

Individually crafted and very lovable characters have been created during our Wool Art project which has been running over the last few weeks.

We have all enjoyed this creative way of using yarn to sculpt shapes and figures. Each one made is unique.

 

Future Wool Art Workshops will run later this year so keep a lookout for dates and if you would like to arrange a workshop for a specific date please email me to discuss.

There will also be some hand crafted Wool Art characters for sale at the Wymondham Windmill Craft Event on June 8th 2019, along with other textile craft products from The Stable House.

It would be great to see you there!

 

 

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Memory Quilts

Memory Quilt Commission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before Christmas I took on a commission to create a ‘Memory Quilt’ for Nicole who will be off to university in September.

The quilt was a surprise for her from her family and celebrates all her amazing achievements so far, I’m sure there will be many more to come!!

Memory quilts are currently very popular as a gift to preserve memories and celebrate achievement. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and it has very much inspired me to explore further.

If you are interested in having a memory quilt made please contact me to discuss the options and for a quote.

Memory quilts are by no means a new idea!…..

A Brief History of Quilts 

As with most traditional techniques, the history of quilt making goes back a long way.

Pioneering colonists who travelled to America in the 18th & 19th centuries arrived totally unprepared for the severe cold and having very little in the way of belongings and resources, preserved scraps of fabrics from old clothing – dresses, aprons and shirts etc to use in quilts which would keep them warm through the winter months.

Through this came the unintentional evolution of a very special tradition of quilting to preserve special memories and connections to people in our lives and in particular family members. Quilts created were often made from wedding and christening garments and gifted as presents, becoming valuable family heirlooms handed down through the generations.

Similar to early quilts contemporary memory quilts preserve treasured memories of people, events, accomplishments, and places.

Memory Quilts

Perhaps one of the most well-known of all memory quilts, the Aids Memorial Quilt, combines the characteristics of traditional and modern quilt making. It memorialises individual loved ones as well as raising awareness.

Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry caused outcry in the 1990’s and 2000’s with their famous quilt creations made to record controversial memories and express extreme views.

     

No longer a necessity for warmth, modern quilts have many other purposes, from wall decorations to table runners to treasured artefacts.

Like their ancestors, today’s quilters use the resources and materials they have to hand. In addition to traditional fabrics, they use t-shirts, neck-ties, and photographs transferred to fabric to create quilts that are very much personalised to their contemporary owners. They are surely destined to become family heirlooms just as they have been in the past.

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Country Paths Day Care Provision

One of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my career began this year with the chance introduction through a friend to Sally Radford, director of Country Paths Day Care Provision.

The group are based in Great Dalby and Sally arranges a whole host of enjoyable and inclusive activities both at their base in the village and externally, to help stimulate and educate clients with a range of learning difficulties and/or dementure .

Thanks to that introduction I now work weekly with small groups, guiding them through different textile and art projects.

Every one of the people I work with are a delight to know and it has been such a pleasure. I look forward to every session as each individual brings something different which challenges my ability to come up with projects which stimulate while are at the same time, achievable.

Everyone without exception, has created individual,  beautiful pieces of work and I have been so impressed with what they have achieved.

I am looking forward to continuing our work together into the future.

Thank you all!

If you know of anyone in need of stimulating, caring day care provision please contact me and I will put you in touch with Sally.

 

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Welcome to 2019!

Happy new year from Stable House Textiles.com!

With of the arrival of 2019, we are very excited to launch a new and updated website which is brighter and more informative – stablehousetextiles.com. 

A huge thanks to my son & daughter for helping to make this happen – I couldnt have done it without you!!

The business name has been simplified and updated to Stable House Textiles which will be easier and quicker to use in communications.

You will now be able to access up to date news about all our workshops and upcoming events and buy products from the Stable House Shop!

Links to social media pages – Instagram and Facebook, are also easier to use.

I will continue to notify you of events via e.mail and when each new season of workshops is published.

If there is anything not included in the schedule you would like to do please contact me and I will arrange this for you. This also applies to all the gift vouchers bought last year which have not yet been redeemed.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Liz