Ardington School of Craft

Two lovely days at Ardington School of Craft in Oxfordshire – the School has only been open since April this year but looks to be well on the way to a very successful venture.  It really is a school too – formerly the village school, resplendent with the original panelling and partitions and other vintage details.

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classroom, Ardington
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detail, Ardington

Essentials of Handquilting was the class I was teaching, and the fabulous natural light made it really easy both for the quilting itself and also inspecting the samples and old quilts I had taken along.

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quilting in progress
Border detail, Welsh quilt 1930s

We all made the most of the good weather and our surroundings during lunch breaks –

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taking a break
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High Street, Ardington
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view from High Street, Ardington

It was a particular treat for me to be in this part of Oxfordshire – my grandfather’s family actually lived and worked on the Lockinge estate which surrounds Ardington and probably even went to this school, Very much a case of following in family footsteps!

Next week I’ll be teaching Essentials of Hand Quilting II at Threads & Patches near Milton Keynes and then over to Gwent Quilters in south Wales for a day of Tentmaker Applique – more packing to do!

7 thoughts on “Ardington School of Craft”

  1. What a lovely place for a quilting workshop! I wish I could have been there. The Welsh Quilt is more than beautiful! Do you know the provenance, maybe it’s made under the RIB scheme?

    1. The Welsh quilt was bought from our friend Jen Jones 20 years ago. It is probably 1930s, sateen fabric front and back, wool batting, stitched with green thread. I have used it extensively in classes and it is now rather more worn than when I first owned it. The design and stitching are good, but not as sharp or complex as the RIB quilts were – I think it was made for personal/private use rather than for sale.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed the class on hand quilting at Ardington – thank you, Barbara, for passing on your valuable insights and expertise. Plenty for me to think about and put into practice. Thank you too for teaching me to use a thimble (at last!) and for finding me such a lovely example that fits – I will treasure it! I can recommend classes at the Ardington School of Traditional and Contemporary Crafts to anyone else reading this – lovely venue and a great forward programme of courses!

  3. A big thank you to Barbara for such an enjoyable 2 days at Ardington last week. I learnt so much about hand quilting and it was fun. I am full of enthusiasm to start a new project and I am looking for the right fabrics. The difference and handling feel between the various makes of needle and threads was a revelation. The venue was ideal for the course and thanks also to Karen and Andrea for their good company.

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