Friday, September 11, 2015

Janet Bolton and Julie Arkell Workshops

Hello Quilters!
I had the pleasure of taking two workshops this week at Stitch in Jordan, Ontario.  Myself and two friends attended a two day workshop with Janet Bolton and a one day workshop with Julie Arkell.
Both were absolutely wonderful experiences.  Such talented and delightful teachers!
Janet and Julie are from London, England brought in by Jocelyn at Stitch to teach for the week.

Janet Bolton has a new book out that can be ordered through Amazon or purchased at Stitch and other quilt shops.


Janet Bolton is a world-renowned textile artist from London, England. Working with fabric, needle & thread, simple hand-stitching techniques and a gifted imagination, Janet composes beautiful textile pictures. Each of her two day workshops will be filled with demonstrations, stories, examples of her work, creative guidance and fun as you begin to stitch together your own Janet Bolton inspired folk art.

Janet's work looks so simple but I have to say that I struggled to get my ideas to "simplify".  Most of my quilts are very detailed and it was hard to let go of the realistic interpretation approach to my quilts in her workshop.  I'm not thrilled with the piece that I produced but I have to say, I learned a great deal and enjoyed every minute.  This is something that I would like to experiment with a little more in the quiet of my own studio to find some middle ground between what Janet does and what I lean toward in my own work.
This piece is far from finished but you get the idea.  I just couldn't work in the washed-out fabrics that Janet does.....

Thursday saw us in Julie Arkell's workshop to dress one of her doll creatures.  I was certainly at a disadvantage because I really don't knit.  Julie's work has the sweetest hats and other knitted accessories!


Julie Arkell is one of the UK’s best-recognized contemporary folk artists working in papier-mach√© and mixed media. Her hand-made creatures are lovingly dressed in vintage fabric, knit or crocheted garments, and bits of found items giving each their own unique whimsical personality. Included in the price of the one-day workshop is your own little naked creature, made by Julie. With her help and guidance you will spend the day knitting, sewing and embroidering garments based on her patterns and will take home a one of a kind little friend who, we’re sure, will make you smile every day.
Here is Julie with the dolls we made in the workshop.

My creature from the workshop.
Heaven knows when those two ladies will be back to teach again in Canada but if you get the opportunity, you would be wise to take those workshops.

Jocelyn and her staff at Stitch did a marvellous job of keeping everyone happy.  Stitch is a beautiful shop with exquisite yarns and fabrics in the most beautifully decorated shop I have been to.  I could have taken anything in the shop home and been thrilled.  You won't find any "cute" fabric there.........such a nice change!!!!

I'll be teaching Colour Studies tomorrow in Tillsonburg.  

Next Saturday, September 19th I will be presenting two lectures at QuiltX in St. Mary's.  I hope to see some of you there.  The lectures are at 11:00 and 2:00.  The topics are Colour Harmony and my Trunk Show.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful, so glad you were able to take these workshops.