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Inspirational Source Books For Textiles And Quilting

Inspirational Source Books are one of my ‘things’. I have always been a bookaholic. No wonder then why I became a writer of source books myself. You can check out all my current books on the website. They include unusual titles of use to textile artists such as Flaking Paint.

flaking paint

Gone are the days when I wrote exclusively about garden plants (although I have two garden books in the pipeline. Nowadays I tend to spend my time writing about textiles, creating ecourses or writing knitting patterns (something I have done for over thirty years). You can find my textiles and my ecourses on the website too.

FAVOURITE BOOKS

Still I have always had a good collection of books. I have been adding a few to that collection in the past few weeks whilst my shoulder has been healing. I look for books that are to do with pattern or history, with great photos. Not to use per se, but to give me ideas that I can explore.

I am grateful to have a set of the White Star publishing ancient history books. These are real treasures with some of the best photography I have seen in books. Unfortunately the publisher has been bought out and you might have to buy secondhand.

inspirational source books

One of my very favourite books is about world textiles. It is truly wondrous.

inspirational source books

Of late I have been adding books on Damascus Tiles, Mosques and Islam. All coffee table style but all with good photos and informative text.

INSPIRATION

I always find that if you cannot travel, buying a book is a good idea. You can be transformed to foreign lands and be inspired by wonders you have never seen. Or study familiar objects through new eyes. For instance I have been studying Islamic Architecture for over 45 years. I still manage to find new inspiration to inform my own work and to teach.

Damascus tiles

WHERE DOES IT LEAD?

It might not lead anywhere. You might have ideas that you do not pursue for one reason or another, but at least you are opening and broadening your mind. Sooner or later something clicks. I am embarking on a new phase of work thanks to my new inspirational source books.

Words, work and images (except of the books) Karen Platt 2021

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Pictorial Quilts ecourse with Karen Platt

Pictorial Quilts ecourse has just been launched. The third in a series of quilting categories. 100 designs, colourways plus 10 layouts are included for you to create fabulous pictorial quilts.

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Pictorial Quilts is my new ecourse

After traditional and modern quilts, most quilts fall into this popular category but many people mistakenly call them art quilts; which for the purposes of exhibiting, is a different category entirely. Nine times out of ten, when you see the word ‘art quilt’ what it usually is, is a pictorial quilt.

These ecourses ensure that you can correctly categorise your quilt but more importantly give you 100 designs as a springboard so that you can see exactly the type of quilts that are called pictorial.

All designs are all original Karen Platt designs in the pictorial quilts ecourse. Solve all your colour problems in an instant. Alternative colourways are given for most designs, so you can never get your colours wrong ever again.

Improve your quilting with all the tips, techniques and know-how. You can find the ecourse on the website

Similar ecourses

If you love this ecourse, we think you might also be interested in Modern Quilting, and/or Contemporary Quilting that were launched this year. Of interest would also be our Photo to Quilt ecourse. You might also like the ebook ‘My Quilting Journey’, which contains information on all the quilts I had made up to 2019. They all make excellent gifts too.

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Modern Quilts ecourse
Contemporary Quilts
Contemporary Quilts ecourse
digital art quilts ecourse
Create Digital Art Quilts ecourse
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Quilt Design My Quilting Journey

EPP

When I was not writing this new ecourse, I did EPP (English Paper Piecing), which is one of the hand quilting methods I enjoy the most. It’s great whilst watching the cricket. I am not sure at this stage whether to make this into a bed throw, a quilted jacket or a quilted tunic. Stay tuned to see how it grows.

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.

eCourses Great Xmas Gifts

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.

elearning

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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Mark Making For All Craft and Art

Mark making is an important part of all art and craft. It takes your art from ordinary to extraordinary. From the earliest marks made by man to contemporary art, mark making distinguishes a person’s art or craft.

At an early age, we draw without fear. But many of us lose that ability. Get in touch with your inner artist. I want you to free your expression, get rid of the fear and discover the pleasures of mark making.

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mark making

eCourse Creative Mark Making

I have today launched my new ecourse for Creative Mark Making. Find your unique voice and discover your potential. This ecourse is 10 months long and is suitable for all abilities without any previous experience. It is also suitable for any discipline – art or craft.

It consists of research, exercises, techniques and projects to help you achieve your goals. You will discover new ways of looking at objects, using different media and surfaces to explore your hidden artistic abilities. You’ll make marks intuitively.

There is a also a private facebook for those taking the ecourse. I am a fully qualified (DfE) and experienced teacher.

The ecourse is aimed at everyone who wants to develop their work from beginner up.

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mark making

For more details please see eCourse Mark Making on the ecourses page. You might also want to look at the other ecourses whilst you are on there. I specialise in textiles, art, craft, and design.

Watch out for more new ecourses this month – Stitched Textiles and Hand Knitting. All these ecourses are unique to me and cannot be found elsewhere. They are written from scratch from my 40 years’ experience. They represent value for money for anyone who wants to learn skills and techniques.

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stitched textiles

Tune in every Monday for the latest blog.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Lockdown Creativity – Drawing, Quilting and more

Lockdown creativity is about staying positive. Last week I started a new group on facebook called Stay At Home And Create, so if you want to join me, you’ll find it here. Over 50 members have already joined. Reduce stress, take your mind off the news and make something. Do it alone or with family and share on the fb page.

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figs on the worktop

We are moving into drawing and painting fruit for Week 2. Here’s some ideas I have been working with. I am exploring ideas at this stage with a view to producing quilts, or a textile fabric book.

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pears from my original painting
lockdown creativity
ideas developed in software
pear watercolour painting
another in the pear series

Work

Lockdown creativity for me has been limited as I developed shingles mid week. It could keep my creativity limited for some time. Financially it’s difficult for so many of us and I am one that relies on sales from my website and would appreciate any support people can offer at this time, particularly the online ecourses or ebooks so that I do not have to go out to post. Please take a look.

There is just one more block to go on my scrap quilt. Qaygo might be easier for me to quilt this. I might prefer to quilt in one go, but it definitely needs binding and sashing, which at the moment I do not have.

scrap quilting
scrap quilting

New ebook Travel Inspiration Corfu

I have finished ebook Five in the Inspiration travel series. It is a pictorial guide book to Corfu, where I enjoyed a fabulous holiday in 2017. The ebook has 250 photos including some art I created. It is available here

Inspiration travel ebook five Corfu

Join me next week for more textiles and quilting and more

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Teaching Online Time To Create At Home

Teaching online is what I have been doing for over three years. Following on from last week’s post Stay At Home Quilter, here’s more tips and ideas.

Teaching online ecourses
Creative quilting ecourse

Teaching Online

It’s over three years since I started teaching online. On the website are a number of ecourses for textiles and quilting, inspirational ebooks for all artists and tutorials so that people can learn wherever they live. All my work is exclusive and is written from scratch from my personal hands-on experience and to my knowledge is unlike any other course. Everyone who has taken an ecourse so far has recommended it.

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one of my inspirational ebooks

Gardening ebooks are also available exclusively on the website under ebooks.

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one of my gardening ebooks

I have been a languages teacher for over 40 years. Online French and Spanish lessons (beginners any age and adult conversation) are now available alongside online primary Maths and English. If you fear your children might fall behind and need some lessons, you can contact me, or find me on firsttutors.com (very reasonably priced as they take no commission) and from next week on tutorful. I am a fully qualified and experienced teacher.

Teaching online is so important to me as I am unable to go out to work and this is a lifeline to me.

Facebook Videos

I have created three facebook videos so far on my timeline. These are free to watch. They do not contain the same level of teaching as the paid ecourses but they are a way of tapping into ideas for free. They are all about creating from home. Time to Create at home is all about occupying the mind with positive thoughts and there is no better way to do that than to create. I talked about drawing and choosing something close to hand. There were tips for drawing and I showed some simple samples that anyone can do.

It’s not a structured course, just ideas to keep the mind occupied that anyone can do and develop on their own. If enough people are interested I will create a group where work can be shared. Join in as I don’t want to stop owing to lack of interest.

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sample drawing not looking at paper
teaching online
developing the drawing into an idea for textiles

You can find out more on my fb page

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Day 31 quilting of 31 day blog challenge

Day 31 quilting – All good things come to an end and this is the final day of the 31 day blog challenge. However, it is not the end, but a beginning. The beginning of 2020, the beginning of new work, so tune in to the blog every Monday.

Looking Forwards

Day 31 quilting is a time to try and shape the future, how I want it to be. In 2016 I decided to make a living from teaching quilting, I know I made the right decision as a trained and qualified teacher with an eye for design, I am doing what makes me happy. Some of the quilts I made last year.

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Karen Platt Original Quilts

The Unfinished

That first quilt is still there. It must be unpicked and finished. Good news is I found enough calico to finish the hand quilting one, so that will be launched shortly and the quilt along will happen. I also have a BOM planned, finally!

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Quilt along

There is an Inspiration Travel ebook on Madeira that is also almost finished but was abandoned for three years. I also have one planned on Portugal. I have one other Inspiration ebook planned on Reflections.

Apart from those, in 2015 I planned a whole series of Inspiration books based on artwork inspired by historical themes. I hope to get round to publishing some of those in 2020.

Inspiration Travel Madeira
Inspiration Travel Book Two Madeira Gardens

Quilting Plans

I am concentrating on art quilts and colour this year. I hope to be teaching more, but I find venues in the UK reluctant to pay travel and there is nowhere locally to teach. I have made efforts to make this work.

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quilt design Karen Platt

The quilt retreat should go ahead in June, which I am looking forward to. Join me for a great week of quilting and inspiration that will last a lot longer.

I have one unfinished ecourses for quilters almost ready to launch – Improve Your Quilting in 12 Easy Steps. I also have an Inspiration ebook on My Quilting Journey, so those will be coming next month.

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ecourse by Karen Platt

Knitting

Also launching early in 2020 will be the Peak Collection of Knitting Patterns. I am also well on the way with other knitting pattern collections.

Discount

Day 31 quilting, the 20% off everything on the website is still running until midnight tonight. Happy New Year everyone.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 30 quilting of 31 day blog challenge

Day 30 quilting is a retrospective of the past six months’ work. It has been a very busy time for me. Perhaps my busiest for many years. I produced no less than 13 new quilts, 4 of those also as quilting patterns, 7 new inspiration ebooks and 3 new ecourses plus a quilting retreat. What a whopper! I have not included my knitting or art, I thought there was enough here already. Join me for a look in more detail.

Quilts

Day 30 quilting, here is a look at the 13 quilts, consisting of lap quilts, wall quilts, wall hangings and 4 quilt patterns. What an achievement. I had no idea I had made that many. Smaller projects do help the output. The ones with a dot are also patterns. They can all be seen online here

Dreamweaver quilt
Lonely Rivers Flow

  • Floral Tiles
  • Modern Scrap
  • Drunkard’s Path
    Eagle and Fish
    Indian Wedding Quilts (2)
    Art Landscape Quilts (3)
    Purple Landscape Quilt
    Quilted Sea Wall Hanging
  • Blue River as a pattern only
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Blue River Quilt Pattern
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Can’t Find My Way Home Quilt and Pattern
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Modern Scrap Quilt and pattern
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Dreamweaver Quilt
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Tiled Quilt and pattern
Quilts to buy
Eagle and Fish Quilt
quilts for sale
Lonely Rivers Flow Quilt
Indian Wedding quilts
Indian Wedding Quilts
Art Quilt Triptych
Art Quilt Triptych
Quilted Sea wall hanging
Quilted Sea Wall Hanging
Day 30 quilting wall hanging
Quilted lavender wall hanging

Quilt Retreat

I launched my first quilt retreat, for June 2020 and there are still two places left, so please come and join me. There is a programme of activity or you can do your own thing. Just 3 miles from Whitby, we’ll be interpreting and enjoying the local are in high standard accommodation at an affordable price. What are you waiting for?

day 30 quilting Quilt Retreat Yorkshire
Quilt Retreat Yorkshire

eCourses

I also launched no less than three new ecourses. Two on quilting and one on contemporary stitch. This is what I love best, teaching. Sharing my skills. The ecourses can be seen here

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Creative Quilting ecourse
Creative Stitch ecourse
Creative stitch ecourse
Day 30 quilting ecourse
Modern Quilting ecourse

Inspiration ebooks

I love making these and sharing all my inspirational photos and artwork or textiles with you. There were seven new ones in the past six months, you can see them all here

inspiration ebook seven clocks
Inspiration ebook seven Clocks
Inspiration ebook eight flaking paint
Inspiration ebook eight flaking paint
Inspiration ebook nine Trees
Inspiration ebook Nine Trees
inspiration ebook ten grids
Inspiration ebook ten grids
inspiration ebook eleven circles
Inspiration ebook eleven circles
Inspiration ebook twelve repetition
Inspiration travel Sahara
Inspiration Travel Sahara

Final Discount

Day 30 quilting, let’s send the old year off with a bang. Take 20% off everything on the website until end of 31st December 2019. Your help is very much appreciated because I am an independent and unfortunately, almost starving artist. Love to all who have supported me. Thank you for being there and thank you for joining me on this journey. Tune in tomorrow for what is coming up in the next six months.

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Day 25 quilting of 31 day blog challenge

Day 25 quilting is such a special day, Christmas Day. For me Christmas is a time to count your blessings and help those in need.

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to all, peace on earth

In The Quilting Room

Remember I said I had a tidy work table? Yes, here is the space on day 25 quilting.

day 25 quilting

I am gathering together all the stash and thinking about where to go next. My leaning for 2020 is towards art quilts and modern quilts but I still have the gorgeous Voysey fabrics, which yearn for a traditional quilt and bed sized no less.

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Voysey fabrics

When Is a Stash Not A Stash?

When it is in my workroom! I often say I don’t believe in stash anymore. Yet, when I gather all my fabrics together – there is a stash. However, I no longer buy fabrics just because I like them, to build a stash because I find there is usually something missing and fabrics can sit there forever waiting for the right quilt. There is always another fabric. They need a lot of storage space and fabrics out in the open can get dusty or fade. So I now only buy with a particular quilt in mind. Still got quite a bit to use up.

I am also mindful of the environmental costs of new fabric, so I am trying to reduce that. Digital fabric printed at home is one way to go, no huge amounts of water used there at all. Buying or using pre-loved fabrics is another way.

Art Quilts

Part of my art quilt endeavours will be to use what I have and make something of it. I have done all the simple landscape quilts and it is time to move on and really explore the possibilities of art quilts. This gorgeous fabric I designed is an art quilt just by itself.

Digital Dahlia fabric
My digital dahlia fabric

Today’s Discount

Day 25 quilting, why not join me on a voyage of discovery? Art quilts are covered in my new ecourse Modern Quilting and you can take 20% off today. Drop me a line using the contact form to arrange the discount.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 24 quilting on 31 day blog challenge

Day 24 quilting, it is Christmas Eve and I finished my wonderful new quilt. My thoughts zoom ahead to the New Year, but there is one more week to go and that means another week of the 31 day blog challenge.

New quilt

My latest quilt design features just two fabrics. It is an easy design to create and you have some leeway with the actual quilting, to show off your skills or take it easy. It forms part of my new quilting ecourse Modern Quilting. Not all the designs are like this, I am looking at all aspects of modern quilting in this ecourse. If you cannot get out to lessons nearby an ecourse is ideal no matter where you live. You still get the opportunity to interact with others in a closed group on social media and share work. It is a great learning opportunity.

day 24 quilting
Day 24 quilting

Quilting Tip

Day 24 quilting tip: Mitred corners are one of those things that look difficult, but even beginners can easily achieve them. They make a quilt look more professional. I always do a how to in my quilting patterns that use them, but here is a quicky:

  1. Cut your binding the required width and longer than need be to allow for the mitred corners
  2. Sew your binding with a quarter inch seam to the front of the quilt, stopping one quarter inch before the end
  3. When all 4 pieces are attached, take a binding buddy ruler (I use a June Tailor one and would not be without it) make sure it is aligned correctly and cut
  4. Join the mitres

It really is that simple

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mitred corners
quilting mitred corners
using a Binding Buddy ruler
mitred corners
mitred corners for a professional finish

Discount

Day 24 quilting discount the quilt has been put on sale with a huge 45 pounds discount, there is only one, so first come, first served. Check back tomorrow for another discount and blog.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019