The Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild will be present at the Crafting Live Show in the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Our stand shall be displaying work produced by our members on the theme ‘Dive into your Stash!’
Our Chair, Paula Ellis came up with the theme, which has been enthusiastically embraced by our members. ‘It’s going to be the best small exhibition ever.’
Please come along and introduce yourselves. We would love to chat with you and answer any questions.
Previous Exhibition Stand
The show itself is open from Thursday 26 April until Saturday 28 April, and is open 10am-5pm on Thursday and Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturday. Your entrance ticket gets you in all 3 days of the show if you feel like making a weekend of it.
Over the duration of the show Crafting Live are promoting a vast range of exhibitors stocking stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, wool, ribbon, beads and much more. You can stock up on all of your craft essentials, as well as finding inspiration from brand new products, whilst meeting your favourite TV crafters. There are also refreshment options and areas to have a much needed sit down after all that shopping!
If you visit the Crafting Live Website, Crafting Live are promising that every advance ticket purchased is eligible for a FREE GIFT* worth £15 – just collect yours at the show. Plus every guest will get a £5 voucher** to spend with our sponsors Create & Craft.
An exciting announcement was made at our AGM, Joy McCormick’s grandson, Patrick Huston had just been selected to represent Team GB in Archery at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Patrick, born in Belfast, attended Campbell College and was a founding member of the East Belfast Archery Club. He now lives in Shropshire where he coaches while training full time with the Olympic Squad at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Patrick began archery in 2004 and made his international debut in 2012. [For those who know about these things, he is right handed and his arrows are 29.25″ long and his draw weight is 50 lbs.]
Click here for a BBC interview with Patrick made just after he had qualified for Rio, in which Patrick describes his achievement as ‘amazing’. He also admits to being a bit of a “show off”.
However, we think that he’s entitled to be that and more.
As if being three time world champion archer at junior level wasn’t enough, he’s a former Festival of Quilts prize winner, ca 2006.
Here’s what his proud Granny says:
“In his younger days he enjoyed sewing – was quite good on the sewing machine. I am attaching two photos of a quilt he and I worked on together which was exhibited at the NIPG summer exhibition at the Folk Museum, in the days when they used to mount a craft exhibition.
One is of young Patrick hand- piecing the quilt. The other is of the quilt hanging at Cultra with him, his older brother and myself. I see by my PC they are dated 2003, so Patrick would have been 7.
I believe it was in 2006, when he turned 10 that he made a small wall-hanging which I put into the junior competition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. The topic was “The Northwest Passage”. Patrick created his hanging out of re-cycled materials. It won second prize.
Patrick came home to see his parents just after our AGM, as he trains full-time in England. I told him I had mentioned his early career as a quilter at the Patchwork Guild. He was really amused to hear his achievements had been mentioned at the NIPG meeting and laughed.
In fact he was trying to bully me into making him an “Olympic” quilt to celebrate his getting an Olympic place.
NO PRESSURE! “
When asked if Patrick would mind us writing about his quilting career and posting photos of him quilting, Joy said:
“I know Patrick won’t mind. He has had to put up with his mother putting on Facebook a photo of him aged about 4 trying his hand at archery at a fun day in Stormont grounds.”
“Yesterday (Wednesday 29th June), he was kitted out with his Stella McCartney designer gear to wear in Rio. Three suitcases full! This photo is hot off the press” Joy McCormick, June 2016.
Patrick, we’ll all be glued to the television, supporting you and willing you on. Most importantly, enjoy every second of the experience.
Here’s a wee bit about the sport of archery, taken from the official Rio spectator guide.
Considering that hunting is an activity strongly connected to the beginning of our civilisation, archery can be considered one of the oldest sports in history. The practice was made official in the 16th century with the organisation of tournaments in England. Its debut in the Olympic programme was in Paris 1900. In St. Louis 1904, the sport became one of the first to allow women to participate.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION The distance between the archer and the target (1.22m of diameter) is 70m. The target score varies from 1 to 10, according to the proximity to the inner circle. The archer has 40 seconds to shoot each of their six arrows. In the finals, the archer has 20 seconds to shoot each of their three arrows. In the air, the arrow can travel at more than 240km per hour. In the knockout system, any mistake can rule the athlete out of the competition. In individual events, archers with the best results after five series of three arrows go through to the next phase. The same rule applies to team events, but the best teams after four series of six arrows go through.
Irene MacWilliam – Quilter and embroiderer – freelance lecturer and teacher – talented artist and invaluable member of the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild, which is only one of the many groups Irene belongs and contributes to.
**** Updating this post to highlight Irene’s ‘new’ website. ****
Her website showcases some of her work and talents. Irene created and ran our website for ten years, providing a forum for NIPG to share events and showcase some of the exceptional work produced by NIPG members.
Irene MacWilliam with Margaret McCrory
The NIPG is indeed fortunate to have someone with her international reputation on our doorstep. Her work has been exhibited all over the world.
In addition to delivering a talk at the October Meeting, Irene delivered an afternoon workshop on ‘Making Your Own Fabric’. This was great fun, as Irene’s classes invariably are – lots to learn combined with a few laughs on the way. Irene is a great teacher, delivering clear instructions with infinite patience, making difficult techniques seem straightforward.
All samples on this page have been made by Irene.
On Sunday there was a superb workshop on manipulated fabrics. This is such a fun technique, consisting of folded patchwork. The possibilities with this technique are endless and and could be a fun way of using up those pesky scraps which are much to lovely to throw out.
Here’s just a few samples of what is possible.
Maybe those who attended and by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed the workshops, could send in some photos of finished objects.
Last year we opened our 2014-15 season with our very own members. Our Guild is packed with industrious and talented people and we wanted an opportunity to highlight some of our members’ pieces. We left it entirely up to each speaker as to what they want to ‘share’ within a ten to fifteen minute slot.
‘Here come the girls’, this year’s theme…. intriguing!
Last year it was “Favourite Things”. The four people who stepped up were Esme Edwards, Anne James, Paula Ellis and Helen Heron. It was absolutely fantastic, one of our best meetings!
Esme Edwards, began by placing a funny wee black box on the table, puzzling us all at what it contained. What was her favourite thing? Having started her talk by revealing some of her history with sewing and in particular patchwork, we were wondering what could be in this little box. To our delight, she opened the box to reveal the most gorgeous sewing machine. One which she has until recently, used regularly.
How to follow Esme’s opening? Anne James, our present Chairperson, bravely stood forth and enchanted everyone with her manipulated fabric piece, which she had constructed for her City and Guilds.
We were on a roll – how could our meeting get any better?
However, Paula Ellis captivated everyone before she even spoke with her gorgeous cushions. The variety and skill which she used to create them, had everyone listening to every word and trying to take it all in to replicate at home. The cushion which had been commissioned by proud pet owners, was beautiful.
[After the meeting there were demands that Paula give us a workshop on creating these adorable cushions.
You asked, we answered!
Paula is taking an all day workshop on Sunday 8th November.
Lastly, and by no means least, Helen Heron treated everyone to a riveting talk, on how she came to create her piece which celebrating renowned poet, Michael Longley’s poem ‘The Leveret’ written for his grandson.
Helen Heron’s handpieced appliqued cushion
That was a glimpse into last year….
This year is a mystery, so you’ve got to be there to experience it.