Lovely Evening Out
A long post
A cup of tea is necessary before you start this post!
The Teddington Contemporary Textiles Fair is a great experience, and one I so look forward to each year. It is held in a superb listed building, The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, Middlesex - a stunning property which was formerly a church. This part of the lovely village of Teddington runs alongside the River Thames where there are beautiful parks and riverside walks. Teddington itself has some charming shops and restaurants and is a great place to be.
We arrived very early as it is the only way to get some good photos before the crowds arrive. We left after an hour when the crowds built up and it was impossible to get pics without people in them. Sadly I did not get a note of each and every contributor - there were almost eighty exhibitors but more information can be found on the Landmark Arts Centre website.
The charming lady who took our entrance money had some stunning hand-made silver jewellery on. Apparently she will be selling these and similar items at the next Landmark Craft Fair. Her name was Esther Holt and she is a jewellery designer, sadly with no website.
|An embroidery collaboration between Janome and an art student Jillian Hurst|
produced some silvery and sparkling homewares beautifully embroidered.
Jillian's website is www.jillianhurst.blogspot.com
|Stunning silk scarves|
|Whimsical mixed media from Kimberley Cline Foster|
|This beautiful patchwork all hand dyed silk and velvet really popped out at me|
produced by Lin Patterson Textiles
The textiles on display were varied - clothing, accessories, art, jewellery, handbags, recycled and reclaimed fabrics and clothing, knitwear, woven and embroidered gifts and household items, paintings and much, much more.
This year a special wallhanging was created by the students of Waldegrave School, Teddington - a beautiful work of art by children taking 'Textiles' for their GCSE. It had lots of interesting detail and was really well executed.
Another beautiful work that I adored was 'Hollyhocks' by Liz Emery a felt artist. (Of course it was PINK!) It just jumped out at me and said 'BUY ME!) Sadly it was too expensive so I shall just have to wait until Mr Whizz Kid buys his second motorbike!
|'Hollyhocks' by Liz Emery|
|'Hollyhocks' - the very best in show!|
|'Wallflowers' by Liz Emery|
|Sara Newman - bad pic - sorry|
|Jo Mabbut exquisite embroidery|
The handbags by Jo Mabbut, a mixed media artist were a joy to see and the embroidery of Sara Newman was excellent and imaginative. I also loved some of the work of Sinead Finnegan - very clever stuff indeed.
|Ewa Morawski displayed some beautiful silk works stunningly embroidered|
She sells her brooches and silk scarfes at Gallerie in Hampton Court
|Jo Mabutts beautiful bags shimmering with gold|
|Clive Grabham handwoven scarves and blankets|
|He also produced quirky and original rag rug pictures and cushions|
|Some REAL knitting|
|Some super embroidery|
|Sew Sister is one of my favourite exhibitors|
|A lovely artist who produces quirky goods and lovely textiles|
|I bought this lovely bundle of fat quarters from her|
I already had lots of this fabric given as a gift at Christmas so perhaps I can now get down to making the patchwork cover for the Olympic Dome that I talked about!
|Original 3D pictures by Becky Shaylor|
|Becky Shaylor produced some original pictures|
|Flights of Fantasy|
|Flights of Fantasy|
|Sara Newmans delicate embroidery|
|Some weird and wonderful crazy patchwork|
|More of the lovely work of Liz Emery|
Dinner At Whites Brasserie
One of the joys of Teddington is the lovely 'Whites Brasserie' (Raymond Blanc's super chain) and the excellent food they serve. After a bit of shopping at the Fair we headed here for dinner, which was, as usual, very good indeed.
The restaurant is in a former pub (The King's Head), which was built is 1689 but is now much refurbished and is a comfortable place to eat and enjoy the varied and interesting food.
I think my friends and family are getting rather tired of all the 'snapping' which goes along with having a blog and taking too many photos, and today was no exception. I try to be discreet, which is why the photos are not always so good - I do try and hide from everyone just what I am doing as many object - but of course it is quite obvious when sitting around a dining table!
|Rubbish pic of starter of poached egg on celeriac salad|
|Pea and ham hock risotto starter|
|Half eaten gurnard fish and vegetables main meal|
|Half eaten black pepper sausages and mustard mash main meal|
|Apple crumble and ice cream pudding|
I think I can take the weekend off after that long post. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.