Sunday, 14 June 2009

speaking of the Kemshalls

Linda and Laura Kemshall also run the online City & Guilds patchwork and quilting courses ( as well as Creative Sketchbooks and Creative Computing). I've wanted to start the quilting courses for a few years now, and recently I decided that now was as good a time as any. So I'm now doing Level 2 7822-10 Patchwork and Quilting, which is the first course of three. My dream is to be able to do all three of the courses but that will depend on finances. They're definitely not cheap, but are high quality courses of study. I've got a while to decide though.

Module 1 was about colour mixing and fabric dyeing. I've done LOTS of fabric dyeing over the past 10 or 12 years so I got through that module fairly quickly. Module 2 involves playing with acrylic paints among other things, and I'm having a great time with that at the moment. My husband had carved a heap of lino stamps for me this week - I tried but don't seem to have strong enough hands. Apparently plumber's rubber gasket is easier to carve and the resulting stamps work the same. I have no idea what plumber's gasket is, but will try and buy some so we can test it out.


Hilary Metcalf said...

Hi - I too scratched my head about plumbers gasket when I read about it - but found it at my local Clark's rubber store. Comes in big rolls of different widths. It is fairly easy to carve. Then I attach the blocks to a piece of wood from my husband's workshop using double sided carpet tape, or the tape used on the handles of golf clubs. Works a treat. Have fun stamping.

catsmum said...

That plumber's gasket is super cheap and easy to carve BUT often has small blobby imperfections that have to be worked around / discarded / incorporated.I find that I have more control with old fashioned lino

Sally Westcott said...

Hi Cat,

Thank you for the nice comments

I love the stamps. I've got the lino and I've got the tools - just haven't had the courage. I think I may take some inspiration from you and give it a go.

We both have quilts in the Quiltart Challenge "Why is the Shy Blue" That was a few years ago.



orkaloca said...

Hi Cat, thanks for your comment on my blog :)
I'm going on trying machine quilting, I hope I'll learn to do it good :)