Artemisia Gentileschi, Walking Foot Quilting, Free workshop

What a lovely week it’s been, plenty of warm, long, sunny days. We just love this time of year. Now, I have a question for you – have you heard of Artemisia Gentileschi? She’s the most celebrated of female 17th century painters and is being put into the spotlight by the National Gallery with an exhibition of her work from April. Ahead of that, a self portrait by her has been on tour, incredibly to schools and doctors surgeries! How amazing is that, to turn up at school one day to be greeted by a masterpiece. I’ve got to applaud the National Gallery for doing such a thing. What a brilliant way to introduce children to great historical paintings!
I have to admit, I wasn’t up to speed with her work, and if you feel the same, there’s lots of information to be found on the National Gallery website, including this video introduction to her painting…

New Video Workshop – Walking Foot Quilting

After a few weeks of plant printing and working in sketchbooks we’re back to fabric and stitch this week on DesignMatters TV. Join Linda in this new video workshop to see how she’s using a walking foot to make machine quilting a breeze. Whether you’ve got a walking foot lurking in the bottom of your machine’s accessory tray, or have been thinking about whether to invest in one, we hope this video will help. Linda is converted that’s for sure!
DMTV Members can view this video now, if you’re not a Member why not consider joining us? You can check out our free videos to give you a taste of what we offer and sign up for access to over 30 videos for just £12.

Free Video Workshop – NeedleFelting+Stitch: Landscape

We like to add a free workshop to DesignMatters as often as we can. If you’re not a subscriber, or haven’t tried any of the videos in the Archives yet, then we hope the Free videos will give you a taste of what we offer and whet your appetite for more!
So, please take a look at Linda’s new workshop NeedleFelting + Stitch: Landscape
Linda will demonstrate how to build a landscape background using wool tops and needlefelting. Then show you how to add detail and motifs using freehand machine quilting before adding more texture with hand stitch.
In the video you’ll see Linda using Madeira Cotona threads for the machine quilting, and her favourite Madeira Lana wool threads for the hand stitch.
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Love Linda and Laura xx