Constantinople Quilts. Tamsin Harvey

Hello Again My Friends.
A couple of years ago I visited the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque located in Abu Dhabi. The beauty and peacefulness of the place left me breathless. I was also left wide eyed in awe of the loving craftsmanship of the decorations adorning the walls, floors and pillars of this holy place of worship.

Below are some photos that I took while I was there.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi

 

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Coloured marble and mother of pearl inlay on a pillar

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I absolutely love this place and as a non-Muslim, I appreciate its peace, spirituality, beauty and the fact that everyone is welcome to visit.
SO last year, when I saw a book called “Constantinople Quilts” my antennae twanged like mad and I had to get myself a copy. At the time I was stony broke but promised myself I would buy it next time I saw it.

Well, guess what? Even better than buying a copy, I received an invitation from my local quilt shop in Dubai, Classic Quilts, to attend a session with none other than the lovely, talented author herself – Tamsin Harvey.
Anyone who knows me will know that I jumped up and down with joy at the prospect.

Tamsin brought the quilts from her book to Dubai and told us the story of their creation; from her initial inspirations from the Iznik tiles, of her family connection with Turkey from the First World War, the photography of the quilts in the historic locations in Istanbul and the stitching and technical twiddly bits that only quilters really want to know.
Throughout her presentation to us I felt her passion, joy and love of her craft, of her inspirations and the journey she is still travelling in bringing it all to us; the crafter and reader.

I not only came away happily clutching a signed copy of Tamsin’s  book, “Constantinople Quilts” I also came away filled with inspiration and excitement; an impatient excitement to get going with my dreams and ideas.
Thank you to Mala Ramakrishnan of Classic Quilts  http://classicquiltsdubai.com/ for arranging this session and thank you to Tamsin from Berrima Patchwork NSW Australia https://www.berrimapatchwork.com.au/ for visiting us in Dubai and kicking my mojo back where it should be.

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Tamsin Harvey – Dubai. Bed scarf

 

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Detail from Istanbul

 

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Tamsin and The Peacock

 

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Mala waving to new arrivals with Blue Cini

Patience Is A Virtue

Hello Again
Goodness, I feel like the number 7 bus: nothing for weeks then 3 posts in a row 🙂 🙂 🙂
I had to post again today after finding these wonderful coaster buddies in my mail box.
My uber talented swap partner from Canada mailed me my box of goodies back in August. I think you’ll agree they were certainly worth the wait 🙂

Enjoy, I will…..

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Christmas Isa Coming & So Isa Nother Swap

Hello Everyone
Hot on the heels of the Autumn Coaster Swap from Michele Foster is a Mini Christmas Stocking Swap designed by Stitching Cow. Hooray 🙂

http://stitchingcow.com/

I wonder who I’ll be sending these to?

Below are the stockings I completed today along with a hand stitched stocking made by my little boy. Still a work in progress this is all his own idea and his own work, no intervention from mummy 🙂

Rock on my son!
Enjoy
Cx

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Keeping the Love Alive – Keep it Cute

Hello Everyone
My goodness, where did October go?
How time whizzes by without us noticing and suddenly a year has slipped passed.

Last year my neighbour’s little girl E started taking an interest in my sewing activities and quite often would come and stand beside me and watch me using my sewing machine as I made quilts and clothes. She would chatter on as little girls are apt to do and one day she asked me if she could have a go…..
I almost died at the prospect of a then 7 year old using my very expensive, I can’t live out, sewing machine…
So I made a compromise and suggested she had a go at hand sewing.
I prepared a little project for her using brightly coloured embroidery threads, aida fabric and a “safe” ish sewing needle. As I expected, she tangled herself up in it but she had a lovely time just sitting with me and enjoying the creative journey.

I was so pleased to see that she was genuinely interested in the craft that put together a little sewing kit for her birthday and made her a needle book to go with it.
Later, I was thrilled to discover that E was sewing with her Grandmother as well.

A couple of weeks ago I had another visitation as I was sewing and E reminded me that her birthday was coming up soon as asked me if I would make her another needle book.

“Another needle book? What happened to your old one?”

I fully expected to hear that she had lost it, but no!
It lives permanently at Granny’s 🙂 and she wanted one for home.

Joy of joys!
“Of course I will Sweetheart”

So here it is.

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Below are pictures of my old and rather battered needle book.

If you like these you can make your own by going to Nana Company.
She has a super cute tutorial, check it out 🙂
http://nanacompany.typepad.com/nanacompany/2011/10/needlebook-tutorial-by-nanacompany.html

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Going Sewcial in Dubai

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Ever had one of those days when you discover some money you thought you didn’t have?
Well, I went along to a sewcial this morning with a lovely friend of mine and discovered a gem, reMADE DXB, in the most unlikely of settings in the heart of industrial Al Quoz. It took us over an hour to find the place, but now we know where it is, there’ll be no keeping us away.

reMADE DXB Sewing Parlour and purveyor of handmade treasures with an upcycled and vintage vibe
is the brain child of Paula and Teresa who are keen hand crafters who just love to share their passions, just like me 🙂

Set upstairs in a warehouse, the parlour is decked out with vintage style pieces of furniture, bunting, books and the cutest bits and bobs. Paula and Teresa serve tea and cake as well offering good company (we had scrummy triple chocolate muffins this morning) It’s the perfect place for crafters to meet and make new friends, socialise, share ideas, get advice on their projects and just have a jolly old time.

Check out their website and FB page. It’ll put a smile on your face 🙂

http://remadedxb.com/

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