After many months of eerie tranquillity Cober Hill was treated to the giddy sight of 22 ladies and their tutor greeting each other for our grand (and much anticipated) residential weekend. A scene not unlike a genteel version of St Trinian’s classic, but for ladies ‘of a certain age’ without the gymslips.
Karen Lane was guiding us through her Art Quilt weekend. Karen is a felting and textile artist from Lincolnshire. Our inspiration for the weekend was based on some beautiful pieces created by Karen, herself inspired by David Hockney’s Tall Trees.
After designing our pieces, we set to work painting our background colours, including Inktense blocks and crayons, transfer paints and acrylic paints. Machine and hand sewing and embroidery completed our pieces.
As usual, the variety of responses to our brief was amazing. Ladies created their own, very personal, works of art, employing a stunning array of colours, textures and techniques.
Karen looked after us with infinite care – giving us patient and friendly advice, as well as sharing lots of new techniques and top tips.
Maggie took care of our every need and ensured we had every comfort – including a delicious afternoon tea. (Just in case we became peckish between the usual ample meals provided by Cober Hill catering.)
It’s been a funny old year and a bit, so it is with huge gratitude we thank Maggie, Karen and the staff of Cober Hill.