Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thread Song Exhibition - Glor Theatre, Ennis

Thread Song - An Exhibition of Textiles by members of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

 
Glor Theatre in Ennis is currently showing a textile exhibition which commemorates the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning poet, William Butler Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.

The artists were asked to respond to The Song of Wandering Aengus. Work in this exhibition is a celebration of Ireland, through the prism of one of its most renowned literary icons. Featured artists include Frances Crowe, Patricia Cox, Frances Leach and Lesley Stothers.
 
The exhibition is free of charge to visit and runs until 29th July. There's lot of interesting pieces to see in this exhibit, including textile pieces by Mary Palmer and Ann Kiely.
 Glor is also running a few workshops in conjunction with this exhibition. I've signed up for a half-day weaving workshop run by Frances Crowe later on in July. I've never tried weaving, so this could be a good place to start.

Foundation piecing with freezer paper

I've recently started making a quilt using "Bright Lights, Big City" pattern from Double Wedding Ring Quilts book by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

I've only 1 block made so far (8 more to go) so it's probably going to be a long-term project. On the plus side, each block is really large (about 30") and it does look good so far.


I need to cut 72 foundation pieced arcs for the quilt, but got very sick of tracing the pattern pieces after making 8 units and thought I'd give foundation piecing using freezer paper a try. I did a bit of googling to find different ways to use freezer paper when foundation piecing. I was a bit dubious and thought this method wouldn't work or be as precise, but it does work and I haven't found any difference between the traditional foundation piecing method (which means sewing through the papers) and the foundation-piecing using the freezer paper method.

Best thing about this method is you don't sew through the freezer paper block, just use it as a guideline and can keep reusing it.