Wow, 2016 has been a bit of a momentous year for me. Taking the huge step of moving into my studio at ACAVA Studios Spode Works back in the spring, has been the high point in so many ways. Having a proper working space, away from the demands of home life, and being part of the artistic community at Spode has been amazing.
It has also got me thinking a lot about how I want to move forward with my work in 2017. It feels rather confusing, and I have big decisions to make, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Watch this space!
I feel like my year has been dominated by making my Liberty lawn postage stamp quilt, recently featured in Today’s Quilter (you can read more about it on their blog). Here it is (the beautiful quilting is by Charlotte Jeffrey).
It was a labour of love with the emphasis on labour, and I am still too close to the effort of making this quilt to know how to feel about it, other than feeling proud to have got it done.
I have loved our Very Berry Artist Trading Card swaps so much this year, and I LOVE the way that people have participated time and again, and that such a supportive community has built up around them. All of this made me so excited to start a new swap in 2016 – a mini-embroidery hoop swap – it has been brilliant to admire all the awesome creativity that people have achieved on such a small scale. Here are the three I made this year – I’m looking forward so much to making more of these in 2017:
There will be mini-hoop swap happening very early in 2017, so keep a look out if you’d like to join in, we’d love to have you along for the ride.
Finally, some of my favourite makes of the year:
Many thanks for all the lovely comments, chat, support, discussion, questions, encouragement and enthusiasm from all of you who have popped round to the Very Berry blog this year, it’s so much appreciated, I can’t tell you.