Packing for a week’s teaching always takes me ages, and I am sure I take more than I need. I left last Monday with a case that probably weighed 35 kilos- full of teaching things, books, kits and cards. I hoped I would be ok but putting it on the escalator for the Eurostar proved tricky and I did need some help, with the guy muttering “What have you got in here?”
I travelled via London as I wanted to see the Fabric of India exhibition at the V and A. It is a fabulous exhibition (no photos allowed) and has some stunning and beautifully made pieces of Indian textiles and embroidery. It really is worth going to see.
I then went on to to Aldgate to have a walk along the road where all the African fabric shops are. I just had to buy some wax fabric – it will be great for the backs of quilts.
The guy in the shop sold it to me as printed in Holland! I asked where and of course he didn’t know.
I arrived into Brussels and then took a train to Liege and then another to the border town of Vise where i just had to pay 3 euros to get to Maastricht. So if you are coming next year – it is easy!
The weather was beautiful so instead of going straight to the Hotel I put my luggage in a locker and had a walk around the centre of the town.
The new venue seemed a bit confusing as it is on several different levels and I think it took me a few days to find my way around.
On Wednesday morning all the quilts were being hung so in the afternoon I borrowed a bike and went out to explore some of the local area. I cycled to Valkenburg and to Gulpen. Lovely towns and beautiful scenery – not like the Holland I know – it was hilly!
I saw this in a window
The show opened on Thursday morning but I didn’t really get a chance to see the quilts until Sunday and even then I don’t think I saw all of them
Here are the International Threads quilts and the Stitched Quilts on show.
Sorry Jane – yours were the only ones that were horizontal and they were displayed off the photos I took
There were lots of people looking at them and they were very much admired.
The change from all day teaching to 1 hour classes has been a great success and I had large classes as you can see. There were ladies from Israel, Spain, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, France and the UK on the classes.
Here are some of the quilts I saw and liked
We have many discussions about the quilts and it is always interesting to see which ones we all like best – we don’t always agree
These shows are exhausting but I love doing them. The atmosphere is great, I make lots of new friends and meet up with friends from all over the World.
Here are just some of them ( some photos are missing)
We had a quickly organised SAQA meeting with members from about 10 different countries
After the show I went on to Brussels to teach a group of women there
and then had a day in Brussels at the Comic strip museum and the Horta House
I love what the curator has written about this guy. I think I need to write something like this about my work and my textiles.
Now I need to research more about his work
I love the Tintin drawings but was a bit disappointed with the murals
No photos allowed in the Horta House
And of course bought some Belgium chocolate
and resisted buying some fabric at one of the best fabric shops I have ever been to
This is the remnant section – translates “the fleas of the dog”
and to an art shop
The weather was fabulous and the autumn colours spectacular
A brilliant fun week!