Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Published on 18th May 2023

Well, it's been longer than I planned from my last post to this one but even though it's been quiet here a lot has been going on.  Most recently I have been preparing for the online Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair which happens this weekend, 20-21 May.

The website showing a preview of the exhibitors is live and can be seen at the link above.  There are some amazing artists showing their work so it's well worth a visit to check out what is available.  The shops will go live on Saturday 20 May at 8am. To receive an exclusive subscribers' only invite to the pre-sale on Friday 19 May 6pm sign up to their mailing list.

Since last year I have been showing my original pieces at various exhibitions in and around the Manchester area.  This is another step in that direction and, as it's an online event, I have added a new section to my online shop where my original pieces are for sale.  At the moment it features the pieces being shown at the GNCCF event but I'll add more as I go along.  I shall probably do some kind of on live video or two over the weekend but as the only thing on the go at the moment is the wisteria piece I need to figure out what I'm going to do.  Watch this space.

In February I had a wonderful trip to London in February with some great friends (and fellow textile addicts) to see the Japan Courts and Culture exhibition at the Queen's Gallery.  The exhibition was curated by the Royal Collection trust and showed some of the wonderful pieces gifted to, or bought by the English Royal Family.  There were many, many exquisite pieces but by far the most exciting for me were the two embroidered folding screens and a large framed picture of a peacock and hen.  Highlights of the exhibition can still be seen on the RCT website. 

I'll do a more in depth post about the exhibition but for now here are a few pictures to drool over. 


We had a class in April which was full to overflowing.  We enjoyed the sunshine with walks by the sea and indulged in ice cream by the beach.  The students are making great progress on their work and are producing lovely work.  Students are working on Japanese Embroidery Center phases, Japanese Embroidery Academy modules and Kusano Shizuka designs.  It is wonderful to see them all progressing, I am very proud of the work they are producing and of being a part of both JEA and JEC.  A big shout out to my fellow tutors Colleen and Carol-Anne who were brilliant.  The events page has been updated with April 2024 class dates.

I've also completed two of the three pieces that were on frames, Kimono Bouquet and Peonies and Plums, leafing only the long wisteria design to work on.  Again, I'll do separate posts about both of them but here are a few pictures of Peonies and Plums.  Forgive the odd bits of thread showing in the pictures, I've not completed the finishing process yet.

You may remember that this design was offered as a free download.  If you want to make your own version it is available in the shop.



Cherries and Treasures | Exhibition | GNCCF | Kimono bouquet | Peony and Plum Circle | Shop

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