I've had a lovely day out today with Wendy and Tina at Textiles in Focus in Cottenham near Cambridge. Wendy very kindly drove us down there and we were soon enjoying this very friendly show.
The Show consisted of two main exhibitions by Out of The Fold textile group from Bury St Edmunds and Running With Scissors (for whom I cannot find any internet reference). Sadly no photography was allowed but you can read about the artists involved in Out of the Fold if you click on the link. I was particularly impressed by the work of Jane Rowland and Caroline Brown who had a magnificent stitched sculpture.
The bulk of the show consisted of two halls of traders stands with the emphasis more on stitch and surface design than on quilting which made a refreshing change.
It was lovely to see my friends from Art and Stitch from Peterborough (in the photo above).
We decided on the spur of the moment to do a workshop to make a twisted bead necklace and earrings. The workshop was very relaxed and I learnt enough to be able to continue at home and also to adapt the technique for decoration and embellishment.
By the time we came out of the workshop there was just time to find Lynda Monk's stand and enjoy a chat with her. She had a lot of work on display including work from her book Fabulous Surfaces.
If you purchase Lynda's book you can download extra free lessons from the d4daisy site. Lynda is not only a very talented artist but a very generous lady. I'm looking forward to seeing her again at the Fashion Embroidery and Stitch Show at the NEC in March.
I have to admit to a very little shopping which consists of a few threads and some evolon so not worth the photograph. If you live within reach of Cambridge the Textiles in Focus show is on over the weekend and is well worth the journey. The Show is small enough to get round easily but large enough to be worth the effort, especially if you are into textile art, embroidery, knitting or fibre work and there is quilting fabric from Art and Stitch and The African Shop on offer among others. Refreshments are available throughout the day so you don't need to go hungry or thirsty.