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Connections at Gallery 45

Gallery 45 is a gorgeous venue in Felton, Northumberland. From Saturday, the gallery will be holding the latest exhibition of Textile Art made by members of the Fusion Textile Artists Network. The exhibition is called ‘Connections’. The theme has been freely interpreted by the members of the network, so there will be a wide range of subject matter and textile processes to view.


Kathleen Thompson – Sunset 

We spent a weekend working with Textile Artist Shelley Rhodes in the Long Room at the gallery last Autumn. Some of the pieces in this new exhibition have developed from that workshop.


Jill Paterson

The work will be exhibited in the main gallery and in the Long Room and will be on display from March 4th until May 5th. There will be an opening event where you will be able to meet some of the artists this Saturday, 4th March, from 11am – 1pm – refreshments will be available!


Deborah Cooper

The gallery itself is open from 10 – 5 Tuesday to Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday.

For my part, I’ve been exploring the connection one feels with the landscape; how that natural space can be healing and soothing. I love the feeling of being somewhere that is so open, beautiful and powerful. The landscape precedes us and will continue long after we are gone. There is much research to show that connecting with nature is beneficial to our health and well being. I have been visiting and recording the landscapes of Northumberland and Scotland and it is this work that I will be including in the exhibition.


Donna Cheshire – Glen Rosa;Swirling thoughts, tumbling water, 2017.

All the pieces are created using hand coloured fabrics and free machine embroidery. It is quite a slow process but it encourages contemplation  and I like the painterly effect it achieves.


Donna Cheshire – Frozen in Time, 2017

As part of the exhibition programme, I will be running my Tin Can Metamorphis Workshop on Saturday 25th March. If you’d like to come along to this please contact the gallery direct!

Bunting for Charity

Its been a week of Tie Dye fun round here! Sometimes I get to escape from my studio and go to work with a great bunch of special people. There’s a fund raising coffee morning coming up in the Summer, so we are busy making crafty things that we can sell.

I make bunting myself, but wanted to find a quick and easy way to make brightly coloured bunting – so here it is!

Fat Quarter dyed with Spiral tie dye

Fat Quarter dyed with Spiral tie dye

First of all we each tie dyed a fat quarter of cotton fabric using the Spiral method – for instructions look here on the  Instructables website!

Once washed and dried the fabric was folded and cut into triangles – one piece made 24 triangles. Each triangle – or pennant – was pinned onto cotton tape. We left about a 1cm gap between each. Then we machine stitched along the whole length, being careful to catch the fabric in the tape. We used two rows of straight stitch but a zig-zag stitch might be quicker and easier!

The finished bunting

The finished bunting

Now we’ve just got another 12 to finish and then its onto papier mache brooches! This is going to be one colourful craft sale!

Hope you like it!