Eclectica at Ineke’s barn.

It was my first visit today to Ineke Berlyn’s renovated barn, conveniently situated not far from me, by car. Eclectica, the textile group I am in are now meeting here  monthly. It is a lovely workshop, with a welcoming and creative atmosphere. Ineke and John live here and we had a tour of their living quarters too, which are also gorgeous. Several of us are considering going to live with them; we haven’t told them yet though.

We had a great meeting with much talking and some work, and Ineke joined us for our Christmas lunch. We usually go to a restaurant but self catering was much more fun and relaxing.

We have exhibitions next year at Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC in Birmingham, Quilts and Embroidery in Uttoxeter, and Worcester Cathedral. I’m teaching some workshops at the barn too, which I’m looking forward to, especially in such a fantastic space.

Here we have Kate, Sarah, Janet, Barbara and Marion.

A general view of part of the workshop with Ineke’s work displayed.

Another view showing the printing/painting table.

June on the left chatting to Rita, whom I seem to not have included in any of these pictures. Sorry Rita.Some of June’s lovely little textile landscapes.

Janet was doing some fine work on organza and dissolving fabric.

Here’s Barbara, who travels from Suffolk, doing some creative development.

Kate is a Festival of Quilts prizewinner. Here she is working on a piece for our Worcester Cathedral exhibition, based upon the fan vaulted ceiling in a side chapel of the Cathedral.

I took my Thrift and Alchemy piece Gold to show the group. The pieces aren’t in the correct places and it’s not yet finished and mounted, but it will be in our Worcester show, hopefully with White Noise, the other T & A piece.

This is the hand of Sarah, painting some fabric with walnut dye and metallic dye.

And we don’t have Rita in the blog, but here is some of her walnut dyed cloth. I’m particularly keen on this dye, I’ve never used it, but have spotted several people using it in various workshops. It’s a gorgeous rich brown, which this doesn’t show that well.

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