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Last blog post of the year 2020

Last blog post of the year 2020. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me this year. S-A-L-E.

My containers are full of things to sell in this hugely productive year. It is hard enough to work in a vacuum as a sole trader. Harder still thanks to Covid 19 that has robbed us all of travel and exploration. Being a very self reliant, self motivated person, I can cope with being alone and illness has often meant that I could not travel. However, when you work so hard, it is so difficult when few respond to your work or even know about you. Instagram has been a big help on that score. At least more people have seen my work this year than probably ever before. The survival instinct is strong. I want to continue to be an independent artist.

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Painted lutradur

I guess I just need to perfect the art of living on next to nothing. Oh wait, I have been for the past ten years. Unfortunately my business is impacted by Brexit as I have the choice to either register for VAT in an EU country or not to sell to the 27 countries in the EU. It’s going to be a small world, a shrinking market. This is your chance to diminish my stack of goods ready for sale, so that I can launch into 2021. N.B. Order by 31st December 2020 if you are in the EU.

Craft and Textile Supplies Big Discounts

The following products are reduced to the price I paid for them wholesale, just to claw back the money and investment. If you want a smaller quantity than a metre, I am willing to discuss. These are great for innovative and experimental textiles, but rather boring on the photography side, so I have included a picture of what you can make instead. Clicking on the product name takes you straight to the product page on my website. If you are interested in a mixed selection of A4 sheets, let me know.

Evolon Soft 4.95 per metre,

Lutradur 100, 5.50 per metre

Lutradur 30, 3.50 per metre

Zeelon Medium, 4.50 per metre

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spunbonded fabrics and dyeing

Fabrics for dyeing

Silk/viscose velvet for dyeing or devore 23 pounds per metre

Cotton velvet for dyeing 23 pounds per metre

Adhesives for applique or painting

Bondaweb – cheapest on the web to my knowledge 3.95 per metre

Hand dyed Fabrics For Textiles or Quilting

Hand dyed cotton scrim individually priced

Hand dyed cottons individually priced

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hand dyed fabrics

Quilts For Sale

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quilts for sale

From small art quilts to large throws, we have the perfect quilt for you. Prices start at 30 pounds.

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Bird quilt

That’s it for the last blog post of the year 2020. Happy New Year everyone.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt

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eCourses Great Xmas Gifts For All Creative Artists

eCourses Great Xmas Gifts For Artists, Textile Arts, Photographers, Quilters. On everyone’s lips at this time of year is ‘What do you want for Christmas’. On everyone’s mind is ‘What can I get?’ for loved ones.

I don’t know about you, but I have always preferred to buy and receive gifts that last more than the day. eCourses make the perfect gift because they can be used time and time again whether a cheap tutorial or short ecourse, or a full blown one year eCourse. They are gifts with aded value. The gift of learning. We offer one of the largest choices of online ecourses.

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24 eCourses

24 online ecourses are on offer. They can all be found here where you can explore all eCourses Great Xmas Gifts. I am going to highlight just a few. Each eCourse is distance learning, but you do have the option to join a dedicated fb page and I am always on hand as your tutor. My eCourse are like C&G courses, but they are written from scratch by me. I am a fully qualified and experienced teacher with a Post graduate Certificate in Education. elearning is such fun.

QUILTING eCourses from Beginners up

You can learn to quilt, learn advanced techniques and learn to design a quilt all from the comfort of your own home. You can also learn Modern Quilting.

My most popular quilting eCourse is https://karenplatt.co.uk/product/ecourse-design-in-quilting-and-patchwork/

I also have a wonderful Colour eCourse suitable for all artists but specific to quilting and textiles that takes you beyond the usual reliance on the Colour Wheel with all its faults.

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There are shorter eCourses such as Fabric Design and Transform Your Photos Into Art Quilts. One of my most popular is my tutorial on Cathedral Windows quilting.

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fabric design

Finally there are technique tutorials for quilting that start at just 10 gbp.

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TEXTILES AND PHOTOSHOP eCourses

I have written a number of Textiles eCourses, mainly concentrating on using Photoshop, but also on inspiration and mark making.

The second most successful eCourse is one which looks at techniques and ideas for textile artists who want to get to grips with Photoshop. It is the first eCourse I wrote. Photoshop For Textiles

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Photoshop for textiles

This was followed by more techniques in Photo Techniques For Quilters.

Hand Embroidery Creative Stitch is another elearning opportunity for anyone in love with contemporary hand stitch.

Art and Textile eCourses

Some of the eCourses are suitable for Artists too such as Kaleidoscopes that can be used as an art form, or to print and use in textiles. There is also an Art Inspiration Monthly eCourse.

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Kaleidoscope

There will no doubt be more eCourses next year. I am about to launch the latest eBook Textile Inspirations Mesopotamia, the second ebook of the series, so check back tomorrow.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Perfect Xmas Gift eBooks That Last A Lifetime

Perfect Xmas Gift eBooks will fill that stocking, making a great gift that lasts much longer than the holiday season. The ebooks are yours for a lifetime and can be used by you whenever you like, just like a normal printed book.

Whilst there are many who love to flick through a printed book, there is no doubt that an ebook can help the environment as it does not use trees, nor the enormous amount of water to make paper. Other advantages are that ebooks are searchable and portable.

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Give an eBook This Xmas

I know I would think any book the perfect Xmas gift. You can enjoy the fabulous photos, the information time and time again. My ebooks are just like my printed books – not the awful format used by so many, but like a real book.

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Inspiration travel ebooks by Karen Platt

Enjoy Faraway Places, Inspiration and Textiles

I now have 50 ebooks to choose from for the perfect Xmas gift and you can see them all here

For the cost of two cups of coffee, you can learn or find inspiration. Whether you love textiles, photography, travel, architecture or gardening, we have the perfect Xmas gift for you. Many of the ebooks also contain my unique artwork.

I am going to highlight just a few, but remember to click on the link above to see all 50 ebooks.

My two most popular ebooks in the past month have been on Tunisia. Traditional Dress of Tunisia and Woven Textiles of Tunisia, but do not forget the ebooks about my journeys to Tunisia too. If you love to travel, take a look at the series of travel ebooks – Madeira, Marseille, Lisbon and the UK. There is bound to be one to suit you or a friend.

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Traditional Dress of Tunisia ebook by Karen Platt
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Woven Textiles of Tunisia by Karen Platt
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Sahara by Karen Platt

Other popular ebooks include my Themes series providing inspiration for artists of all kinds. These include Rust, Lichen and Flaking Paint. They include enough unique images to keep you going for years and are an excellent resource.

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Inspiration Rust for all artists

Don’t forget the gardening ebooks. As a gardener, I wrote The Seed Search and Black Magic and Purple Passion, both went into multiple editions. The gardening ebooks include wonderful photos providing ideas for planting and colour. Besides books on black plants, there are ones on seasonal colour and the incredible purple flowers ebook.

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Gardening ebooks Karen Platt

Availability

All the ebooks are available 24/7 from the website on the link above, taking the stress out of Xmas shopping. They are a manual download and if it is a large file, I use WeTransfer.

Forgotten a gift? No problem, we can deliver to the recipient’s email on Christmas morning (Greenwich Meantime), so that it does not look like you forgot. How neat is that? Order now and send a message with your recipient’s email and when you would like the ebook delivered if it is not straight away. We aim to please.

Hop onto the website and make a purchase now.

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Gardening ebooks Karen Platt

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020