New Zealand 2017 - part the second . . The Journey into Printing Blocks. Cutting Edge Textiles - Ngaruawahia.

 Cutting Edge Textiles A very hard working and exciting group based in Ngaruawahia.  I had been looking forward to seeing Margherita Alan again. We first met when she attended one of my classes at the excellent Quilt Symposium in Palmerston North in 2015. Since then we have be organising this workshop and the one following.  Finally we are here - and it has happened - what a fabulous 2 days we had. The workshop was The Journey into Printing Blocks.  Just look at the size of the room we had to work in - and all the materials and tools were so organised, just brilliant.    Margherita is on the far left of this photo - she could hardly contain her excitement over the 2 days - she was a joy to watch.  The group getting stuck into The Journey.  Starting to build up the lines and marks.    Admiring the finished Journeys all lined up together.   The Journeys.  The Journey is my own design exercise that I developed teaching Experimental Textiles. I

Registering your interest in my online teaching . . .

It's almost here! I have been getting a lot of requests for me to teach online over the past 2 years. From all over the world. This combined with me wanting to stay at home in Ireland more and slow down a bit has decided me - it is going to happen. Starting in May. I am currently building a database and everyone who is on the database will be the first to hear what is happening and when. They will also receive the Sonas Studio newsletter (you can opt out). My house in Ireland is called Sonas - it means happiness and well being in Irish. I chose it because it sounded just  . . right. This year I will be concentrating on my one/two day workshops that will translate well to online workshops. For example -Tinkering with Tyvek, A New Starting Point and Transforming Transfers will be online from May to July. This all very new to me and I will be having IT help from my good friend Jayne. If you have been to the show at the NEC in March you will have seen her there. She he

New Zealand 2017 - part the first . . A New Starting Point at One Tree Point.

 A scrummy sample before it is printed.  Here I am, back in New Zealand. I do so love this place. I am teaching on the North Island this time. I have just spent several wonderful days in the Northlands. North of Auckland. I have been staying with lovely Kerry Glen at One Tree Point who organised a 3 day workshop with her local ladies. They are mostly quilters, but they managed to cope with my strange ways and my goodness me did they get on with some fabulous work.  The workshop was A New Starting Point which is newspaper and Bondaweb/Vliesofix based.    The workshop was held at One Tree Point yacht club. A perfect room for a workshop. Plenty of room and tables and lots of power sockets. Just wonderful. The view wasn't too bad either . . !!!  The painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix drying on the deck.    Starting to build a 'pretty'. I call the process of building up the torn layers 'prettys and backgrounds'. Once you get the hang of it you get into