Monday, 15 August 2016

Miss Monet makes a dramatic entrance

The exquisite Miss Monet corset and skirt created by Karen Frost was modelled at the Fashion Show at the International Festival Of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham this week.

Made from recycled calico coffin covers which have been silk painted, appliqued, embellished with smocking, sheers, buttons, beads, and well as being machine quilted and hand embroidered.
Karen's first ever attempt at smocking!  Bodice detail.
Congratulations to Karen on being invited to take part in this prestigious event and she will be back in her sewing room soon as she has been invited back for 2017!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Alumni on show

Out of the Fold are proud to have been selected as the guest exhibitors at the Creative Stitch Suffolk City and Guilds Graduate Show in Wickham Market on Sat 25th and Sun 26th June 2016

Out of the Fold was initially formed, ten years ago, of students graduating from City and Guilds courses in patchwork and quilting and have been joined through the years by others with qualifications in creative embroidery and other textile crafts. OOTF members have since all gone on to develop their skills and to make work in their own style.

We wish this new set of Graduates the best of luck for the future and look forward to following their textile careers.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Karen and Helen published!

The new book by Val Holmes includes work by Out Of the Fold members Helen Marchant and Karen Frost. 

Published May 2016
 Helen made 'Priscilla' for the Out of the Fold Gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show in 2014 where it was seen by Val Holmes, then preparing her book on Experimental Corsets, who asked Helen if it may be included in the book. Here she is looking rather fabulous.

Priscilla by Helen Marchant

At the same show Val saw the beautiful fairytale jacket created by Karen and asked her to create a brand new and unique corset in a similar style for her book. Inspired by the Fairy Queen from A Midsummer's Nights Dream this is the result.
Titania's Corset by Karen Frost
'Experimental Corsets' is published by Batsford and is available now

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Out of the Fold goes Out of County

Lynne, Janet and local Essex girl Carole were the OOTF ambassadors at a presentation of the group's work to Romford Embroiderers.

Lynne setting out the display
 On show was 'Out of Line' - the most recent joint exhibit made by Out of the Fold plus two or three pieces of work by each group member showing the breath and variety or textile art created during the last 10 years.

The presentation was warmly received with one comment:
"this is the most professionally produced body of work by a textile group we have seen"

Work by members of Romford Embroiderers Guild can currently be seen on Show at Hedingham Castle as part of the Capability Brown celebrations

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Karen to take to the catwalk

Karen Frost has been invited to take part in the Festival of Quilts Wearable Art Fashion Show at the NEC in Birmingham this August.

So following on from her fantastic 'Once Upon a Time' fairytale inspired jacket made for the Knitting and Stitching exhibition in 2014 and the sumptuous bodice made for the Bury St Edmunds exhibition in 2015, Karen will once again be stitching far into the night to make a new piece of work.

Karen Frost Jacket detail

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Best of the East at Makit

Several Out Of The Fold members will have work on display at the Makit Fair in Peterborough on Sunday 8th May as part of the Best Of The East exhibition. This showcases textile work by quilters, embroiderers, lacemakers and other crafts from all over the East Anglian region.

Look out for work from Lynne Pretty, Janet Valentine, Penny Bamber, Lynette Domoney, Jane Rowland and Mary McIntosh

Mechanical Disaster (detail) by Jane Rowland

Tipsy Stitcher (detail) by Mary McIntosh

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Jane wins at Blackthorpe

Jane Rowland's piece made for the Quilters Guild Suffolk Suitcase collection was awarded first prize at the Blackthorpe Barn exhibition this weekend. The suitcase collection, also containing Suffolk inspired pieces by OOTF members Lynne Pretty and Janet Valentine, will be available for groups to share throughout the region.

The Ewes Have It Too by Jane Rowland
Jane says:

The sheep represent a link between my childhood on a mixed farm in Kenya, and Suffolk where I now live.  Suffolk used to have an important wool trade and in recent years I have learned to spin at a local Guild.

Recycled ice-dyed calico and African wax print fabrics.  Screen printing, machine applique, hand stitching and quilting.