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Summer Quilting ecourses quilts to make

Summer Quilting ecourses is all about quilting this summer with a brand new range of mini quilting ecourses to learn at home or whilst on holiday. Machine and hand quilting ecourses are available.

New ecourses

The first Summer Quilting ecourses are now available on the website and include a rust dyed quilt with instructions for rust dyeing, complete quilt instructions and a fabulous Rust inspiration ebook. You can see the ecourse here

Machine Stitched Rust Dyed Quilt

The ecourse will teach you about design and quilting and get you thinking creatively. It has step by step photos and instructions.

You can also buy the Rust inspiration ebook here on its own. The book contains 500 photos plus inspirational examples of my work.

Rust ebook

New to ecourses? This is distance learning in your own home, at your pace in your time, whenever you want. You get 24/7 access and get to keep the instructions and ebook for your own personal use. If you need to clarify anything, I am on hand to ask. Longer ecourses have a special group to share makes etc.

More new ecourses with ebooks will follow, such as create a tree bark picture with the embellisher machine and hand stitch, which includes the Bark ebook.

Coming Soon

I am very excited about my current work. I am, as usual, working on many projects at once. More good things to come include:

New Use Leftover Fabrics Creatively ecourse with projects large and small. You’ll be able to make gorgeous quilts like this one with scraps.

Summer quilting ecourses
Summer quilting ecourses

Make Your Patchwork Jacket ecourse

New Hand Knitting Patterns on Ravelry for single patterns or on the website for pattern books

knitting patterns on Ravelry

New affordable BOM quilt pattern, sign up ready shortly for September start

New Yorkshire travel inspiration ebook. Be inspired by England’s biggest county and the land I call home.

Have a great week everyone, happy creativity. Check back next week to see my progress and keep up with what’s going on.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Quilt On Design Wall, Knitting On Needles

It’s been a busy week with a quilt on the design wall and a knitwear design on the knitting needles. Both had hung around a bit, but I have made good progress despite another week of poor health. I think I have that nailed down to really bad food sensitivities now. I have been writing more of my Better Without cookbook, and also my first ebook in the Stitches in Time series as well as designing two new ecourses.

knitwear design
my latest knitting project

Quilt Design

The quilt on the design wall is one you might have seen if you follow me on fb, Instagram (karenplatt_textiles) or twitter (if you don’t already please do). It sat there for 10 days with no progress whilst I battled food sensitivities. Not out of the woods yet, but I am hopefully getting on top of that. Friday, I picked up where I left off and the quilt is now looking well on its way. This will be in a new Scrappy Quilt ecourse along with other scrappy quilts I have designed, like this one. My ecourses can now be seen on the website or from Craft Courses.

quilt on design wall
New scrap quilt design

Knitting

I dug out the fair isle I had started last year with wool from the 90s. It is on fine needles and I have done other projects in between because it takes a long time to knit something like this. Not to mention concentration. It is now finished and I am really pleased with it. It looks fantastic on and since I bought the wool so long ago, it cost about 10 pounds. So I started another project with the leftover yarn (see first pic). There is no stopping me.

knitting
My latest fair isle knitwear design

What’s Coming Up?

Stay tuned next week for more quilting, knitting and new art posters and knitting patterns. I’ll be working on more quilts and writing.

quilt on design wall

Have a great week.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Plat 2020

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ebook Traditional Tunisian Dress Launch

I am so pleased to launch my new ebook Traditional Tunisian Dress. When I returned to Tunisia in 2014 to write several books about the country I had come to love, this one was top of the list. I find Tunisian dress just as enchanting as the rugs that I am also in love with and wrote about in my book on Woven Textiles. In fact, this makes no less than six books I have written on Tunisia. The three guide books, the book on the Sahara make up the six titles. You can find all six including many others (current total 44) on my ebook page here

ebook Traditional Tunisian Dress

Traditional Costume of Tunisia

So here it is at last the ebook Traditional Tunisian Dress of fabulous embroidery, wedding costumes, hand embroidered dress for men and women, headgear and everything else. It is a feast for the eyes. It includes over 400 photos of Tunisian costume. Learn about regional differences, style and type of dress and where Tunisian dress is heading in the future. Discover the different types of dress. It has been a great pleasure to write about the different styles of dress and to meet some of the makers.

Woven Textiles of Tunisia

Allow me to remind you that this is the definitive book on Tunisian rugs, carpets and shawls.

Woven Textiles of Tunisia

Cathedral Windows

I think that was quite enough excitement for this week. However, my hands are rarely still and I finished my Cathedral Windows Quilted Cross that I started in February. It is the only piece I managed to finish this week as I have been confined to writing because of health. The unique stained glass window fabric is available in the shop.

Knitting Patterns

I have started to enter the single patterns from the Peak District Collection on Ravelry. The complete ebook is only available in my website shop but if you want a single pattern, then take a look at my Ravelry shop

Peak collection knitting patterns

See you next week

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Book Review – Shoreland Socks by Hunter Hammersen

Shoreland Socks by Hunter Hammersen, softback published by Pantsville, available in the UK from www.searchpress.com ISBN 97817325229, price 19.99.

A beautiful selection of socks to knit. I particularly like the textured patterns. These are socks everyone will love to wear. However at just seven patterns, this is rather pricey if there are some you don’t like. However that is unlikely to happen. Gorgeous patterns, gorgeous yarns, gorgeous photography. I love the little addition of the circumference chart for socks so that you can record the size of loved ones for whom you are knitting. Abbreviations are kept to a minimum and the instructions include charts. One thing hat might irritate some knitters is that she does not give exact needle size, but a range and you have to do that swatch to work out your gauge. The patterns are worked in the round. It’s not for beginners, but this will set the knitting juices flowing.

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Artist Support Pledge Quilts And Work For Sale

Artist Support Pledge is the brainchild of Matthew Burrows on Instagram. It’s all about exposing artists to new markets using the hashtag #artistsupportpledge. Anyone can buy the artists’ work. Work can be 200 gbp and under. When an artist has taken 1000 gbp they pledge to buy from another artist. It’s a great idea to get artists through Covid 19 and to help them and allow them to help other artists at the same time. Follow me on Instagram karenplatt_textiles

Artist support pledge
My latest quilt design

Work For Sale

Under this banner of Artist Support Pledge I have already put quite a few small art quilts, textiles such as my embroidered portraits and some digital posters too. Today I thought I would add the last four quilts I have made. You can use the contact form on this website to buy as they are not yet listed anywhere. Any finished quilt listed under the heading quilts on the website that is under 200 gbp is also included.

Pink Feathers, my latest quilt is offered for 175 gbp plus p&p. 75 x 95 cm (30 x 38 inches). The back has some pink squares. See above.

Orange Butterflies, a wall quilt with 2-d butterflies. It is 75 gbp plus p&p. 64 cm square. (Approx 25 inches square).

Artist Support Pledge
Orange Butterflies Quilt by Karen Platt

Stripey Bullseye another wall quilt is 95 gbp plus p&p. 76 x 78 cm (just over 30 x 31 inches).

Karen Platt quilt
Quilt by Karen Platt

New Kid On the Block is 195 gbp plus p&p. Each block is different. 75 x 130cm (30 x just over 52 inches).

Artist Support Pledge
Quilt by Karen Platt

All quilts are cotton, they are all machine pieced and quilted. The binding is machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back. They have cotton wadding. Each one is unique and designed by me.

A great way for you to support artists through the Artist Support Pledge and for me to support artists whilst making a living from my art. I know I have found it tough during lockdown and since I am vulnerable, I am staying at home as much as possible, so I really need and appreciate the support.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020.

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Cutting, Piecing and Quilting This Week’s Diary

Cutting, Piecing and Quilting, repeat, repeat, repeat. It seems to be almost all I do but this week I did not quite keep up with the 5 projects that I finished last week.

I started off on target but lack of sleep and subsequent fatigue took their toll. I finished two and almost finished two others. So let’s take a look as I walk you through my quilting and work week.

cutting, piecing and quilting
Quilt design Karen Platt

Putting Together A Quilt

At the end of last week as I went live, I had a quilt on the design wall. It’s almost there, I am in the midst of quilting it, and it is looking good. I still have that feeling of wow it’s done and then remember I have to make a back and quilt it. So it was more cutting, piecing and quilting. I had hoped to finish but could not trust myself on the sewing machine for three days. (see image above).

Don’t worry I was still plenty busy. In between times, fabrics were chosen for the next two quilts. One is a scrap quilt and the other is a coat. Yes, I am finally getting round to making a quilted coat.

I did get one Cathedral Window Quilt finished with a border. This one has been around for a while waiting for me to figure out how to put the border on. It is going to hang in my hall way. I am so in love with that red bird fabric.

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Cathedral Window Quilt designed by Karen Platt

All my larger hand dyed pieces of fabric in silk, cotton, cotton scrim, linen and muslin were sorted and went into my Etsy shop. I’d appreciate if you would take a look. I have had 122 sales, 43 five star reviews and over 600 people love my shop. I am sending out fabrics now. Good for quilting, textiles, mixed media.

hand dyed fabrics
Hand dyed fabrics by Karen Platt

Knitting

I have been knitting a dream project in alpaca and silk and I am loving it. I feel very luxurious. It’s not a commit to memory pattern I have designed for this one, but it’s worth doing even if you have to keep your eye on it.

Knitwear design
Knitwear design by Karen Platt

Embroidery

I finally picked up not one but three embroidery projects I have designed. I know, it’s like buses, they come in threes. Two were re-discovered in my drawer whilst looking for something else. The third is a brand new one. They are all exciting portraits and all slightly different. More of that next week. I put one of my embroideries into the #artistsupportpledge still looking for a buyer.

Inspiration ebook

Last of all today is Inspiration Travel Tunisia Part Three. Yes, I finished it today and like the others it has unique art inspired by my journeys included. I am thrilled to finish this three part guide book series.

Inspiration Travel Tunisia ebook
Inspiration Travel Tunisia Part Three

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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How Many Quilts Do You Make In A Week?

There are no prizes but how many quilts do you make in a week? Do you always complete a quilt each week, or does it vary? I take my quilting and other textile work as it comes, when I can I make. I am not sure I remember a week when I got quite so much done.

How many quilts o you make
Butterfly quilt designed by Karen Platt

Cheat’s Sheet

  1. Finish projects off instead of starting anew.
  2. Make smaller projects.
  3. Work in a group to get quilts finished.
  4. Make simple patchwork style quilts that are quick to make.

My Quilt Making Week

QUILTING

I started last Sunday with a possible new quilt design going up on the wall. I was amazed when by Thursday the Butterfly quilt was finished. See the front above.

How Many Quilts Do You Make In A Week
Back of the Butterfly Quilt

In the evenings, I like to handstitch. I had had a tidy up in the sewing room and discovered 5 panels of Cathedral Window Quilting that needed some work on them, so I started on those on Tuesday and finished them on Friday.

Cathedral Windows quilt
Cathedral Windows Quilt designed by Karen Platt

I trimmed off the threads on another Cathedral Window Quilt and decided it was a triptych and not to sew it together. Things were going well. My answer to how many quilts do you make in a week is three quilts completed in one week.

How many quilts do you make
Cathedral Window Triptych designed by Karen Platt

HAND KNITTING

In April I had started a knitwear design. This has taken over a month, but it is finished now. It just needs buttons. Time for a new knitting design.

Hand knitting knitwear design
Cardigan designed and hand knitted by Karen Platt

Project Number 5 This Week

Finally, if I have not already exhausted you, I launched Part Two of Inspiration Travel Tunisia, this is ebook eight in the series. I am now working on Part Three. I created almost 40 new pieces of artwork for this ebook.

Inspiration Travel book Eight Tunisia
Tunisia travel guide and unique artwork

Artist Support Pledge

I joined Artist Support Pledge to support myself and other artists. It is the brainchild of Matthew Burrows on Instagram. Works can be sold for up to 200 pounds each. When an artist has made 1,000 pounds, they pledge to buy another artists work to the value of 200 pounds. So far I have added the following work, but any work on the website around or slightly over 200 pounds I would be willing to sell under the pledge, so if there is something you want please let me know.

LIMITED EDITION OF 100 Prints. Digital High Res Print, numbered and signed. A3 size. 100 pounds each plus p&p.

Digital print
El Djem

High Res Print. 35 pounds each incl. p&p in UK, for elsewhere please check.

Digital Print
Bleeding Heart

One of my embroideries is also available at the reduced price of 200 gbp plus p&p.

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Beauty In Stone Hand Embroidery

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Self Employed Designer Maker – Quilter, Textiles, Art

Self Employed Designer Maker – Quilter, Textiles, Art and the effect of lockdown. The Not So Merry Month of May Or the Not So Merry Year of 2020??? For me lockdown is a continuation of my somewhat solitary self-employed ‘lifestyle’ working as an artist in paint and fabric. I have no desire to break lockdown because I want to stay safe, but I do miss my forays into the real world. Just this morning I was reminiscing about my trip to Marseille in February, thank heavens I fitted that in. Only just over two months ago, it seems like a lifetime! Read the book here

Marseille
Marseille

Self Employed Quilter

As a Self Employed Designer Maker – Quilter, Textiles, Art, life has to go on. It is only work that keeps me sane. I finished a quilt that started life some time ago when I made blocks playing with striped fabrics, then put them away because I was not sure what else to do with them. The fabrics are from 2008. This week it came out of the box and is a finished project and a big hit over on Instagram. Maybe I’ll call it ‘Summertime And The Living Is Easy’.

Self Employed Designer Maker
Karen Platt quilt design

So what next? I have a joined together strip to quilt but no thread. I’ll get back to that soon.

Self employed designer maker
Joined up strips

I moved on to another project. Scrap quilts seems to be the overriding theme of 2020. I didn’t want to do blue again just yet and everyone loved the hot colours, that I thought I would still with orange and use up my yellows too. I had two butterfly fat quarters that had been around for a year or more.

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The beginning of a new quilt

Art

My art has taken a nose dive in the last couple of years. It’s mainly a twofold problem, affording more canvases and the space to keep them. I promised myself that I would create several pieces based on my time in Corfu in 2018. So I made a start at last. One finished, and one midway. I think I am capturing the mood at last.

Corfu art
Painting inspired by Corfu

Writing

Tunisia Part two is well underway. If you missed Part One, it is on the website with all the other ebooks. If you missed it, take a look at last week’s blog post, which was a retrospective of all work so far this year. I have done quite a lot.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Textile and Art Inspiration Work Completed

Textile and art inspiration is still to be found in lockdown. Some of us are more housebound than others. Yet others have been housebound for many years through illness. Still in our surroundings or photos we can find inspiration in so much. Using your home or surroundings as inspiration is a very good place to start.

What Has Inspired Me This Week?

I am often housebound, through illness and even lack of money. How these things impact upon me and others is poorly understood. I use my artistic tendencies to stay occupied and inform my textile and art inspiration. This last few weeks I have been following a free online course with Future Learn. I also use my travels in the past to inform my work. This is not only an abundant source of inspiration but also lifts my spirit immensely and gives me hope to travel again.

Tunisia

I was fortunate enough to live in Tunisia for a time. Not only did I research Tunisian carpets and shawls to write a book, Textiles of Tunisia, but I also wrote about travels in the Sahara. Now I am happy to be launching Tunisia, the travel guide. This is only Part One, Part Two will follow shortly. As with all my inspiration ebooks, this one also includes exclusive artwork that is for sale. So my travels inspire my art. You can see one example on the front cover. This ebook is now available on the website , your purchase makes the world of difference to me as an independent artist.

textile and art inspiration

Quilting

Having a long term project that I can work on each day helps enormously. Quilting the scrap quilt was fun. I can procrastinate over quilting, torn between straight line, free motion and so on. I thought hearts were very appropriate to this quilt, given the situation with Covid19 and the increasing number of deaths worldwide. This won’t go on sale until I feel it is safe to go out and post it, but if you do want to purchase, please contact me. It is a two-sided quilt.

textile and art inspiration

Leftover threads

With my leftover threads and tiniest scraps of fabric, I made another thread bowl. These are an inspiration in themselves, a way to use every last bit of waste and turn it into something useful. Waste not want not.

textile and art inspiration

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Four Month Retrospective 2020 Work So Far

A four month retrospective of work produced so far this year. There has been so much work, that I thought I would recap. The start of this year went well, then Covid 19 hit, (so far I am grateful not to have contracted it as I am self isolating) but I did get shingles and sciatica. Therefore precious little has been achieved this month. This four month retrospective looks at everything I have made from January to April with regard to art quilts and ebooks.

Four month retrospective
Kingfisher quilt for sale

Retrospective January 2020

I hit the ground running with some art quilts – the Kingfisher, Seagull, Rusty Scissors, There Are Always More Fish In The Sea (sold), Bird Art Quilt.

four month retrospective
Seagull art quilt for sale
art quilt
Rust Scissors art quilt for sale
Fish art quilt
There Are Always More Fish In The Sea Art Quilt Sold
Bird art quilt
Bird Art Quilt For Sale

I also completed one of my Inspiration ebooks – Reflections and Shadows was the first one of the year and thirteenth in the series.

Inspiration Reflections ebook
Inspiration Reflections ebook

Retrospective February 2020

Inspiration ebook number fourteen followed hot on its footsteps featuring Domes, Cupolas, Spires and Towers. Inspiration Madeira was also launched, the second of the travel ebooks.

Four Month retrospective
Inspiration ebook Domes
Travel Inspiration ebook Madeira
Travel Inspiration ebook

There was another flurry of art quilts, this time some digital ones – Fine Feathered Friend, Shapes and Church as well as more collage type, Fantastic Bird and Camellia Tea.

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Fine Feathered Friend art quilt for sale
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Fantastic Bird collage art quilt for sale
Camellia tea art quilt
Camellia tea art quilt for sale
Church art quilt for sale
Church art quilt for sale
digital art quilt for sale
Shapes art quilt for sale

This month also saw the launch of my first book of knitting patterns inspired by the Peak District.

Hand Knitting Patterns
Hand Knitting Patterns

March Retrospective 2020

This month got off to a bang with a new ebook, charting the designs of my quilts so far. Each design is described and assessed by my cold and calculating eye!

Quilt Design ebook
Quilt Design ebook

The third travel inspiration ebook was launched – Marseille. Then the fourth – Lisbon. If that was not enough, the fifth one appeared too – Corfu.

Inspiration Marseille
Inspiration ebook Marseille
Four Month Retrospective
Inspiration ebook Lisbon
Inspiration Corfu
Inspiration ebook Corfu

April Retrospective 2020

There are still a few days to go. This month has already seen the launch of the sixth Travel Inspiration ebook – Athens.

Inspiration Athens four month retrospective
Inspiration ebook Athens

The scrappy quilt is almost finished and that will see the launch of a new Scrap Quilt ebook.

All ecourses are now on craftcourses.com as well as my own website. Did I do well? I certainly produced a lot of work, which is available on the website under quilts or ebooks and there are always the ecourses too.

I’ll see you in May. Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020