A few years ago I saw Anne Hellyer’s work displayed at the West of England Quilting and Textile Show at the UWE (University of the West of England) in Bristol so when I had the opportunity to go on a two day workshop I was keen to put my name down.
Anne’s distinctive “Painting the Town” designs incorporate hand painted textiles and free machine embroidery.
We started the day by choosing a design, winter townscape, snowy townscape or an individual choice. The hand painted fabric is ironed onto a background and then starts the fun of adding the doors, windows, plants and trees. Finally a backing is added and ribbons to enable you stand your finished work up with a night light in the centre.
Anne was extremely generous sharing her ideas and techniques and the two days of stitch, stitch, stitching went so quickly. The end results were so individual with each person choosing different coloured fabrics and adding their own special ideas including Rosemary’s super black cat.
Thank you Anne for a great workshop.
Anne’s kits can be bought on her website: http://www.paintingthetown.org.uk/
Please note – all the designs are Anne’s copyright
Report and photos by Ros