On from Nynehead Court to the delights of Exeter for two high temperature days with South West Quilters – most appropriate to be presenting the talk on Tentmaker applique and a class based on Tentmaker applique. ( As a quick aside, those of you who are Facebook people may know that there is a page for the Tentmakers (try The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khaimaya) which will give you the latest news and updates on their current situation. ) Before the talk I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing a finished project from a previous Tentmaker class
a very large Tentmaker piece, commissioned back in the 80s from one of the studios in Cairo
and a super quilt based on the blocks in my Egyptian Treasure pattern book – (still available via www.barbarachainey.com)
I think everyone who teaches and/or designs will say the same – it’s a unique thrill to see finished work that is based on your ideas and patterns, and seeing these pieces was a real highlight of the day for me.
The class on Sunday was held in one of the most perfect village halls – exactly the right size for the number of students, with windows and doors open to the equally perfect weather. Everyone was most industrious and soon had the design marked onto the background fabric ready to begin placing the bias tape and building up the lotus flowers point by point.
There were some seriously covetable hand-dyed fabrics in the room – here’s just one set –
Here’s a tiny section of one of my class samples –
and a reference picture of the full-size, real thing covering a space on the street in Cairo. A timely reminder of the original scale of these amazing textiles –
Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who made the weekend such a success – hope it’s not too long before we meet again.