Lisa Watson Blog
You can find By Lisa Watson (that’s me!) offerings @lisawatso
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support and gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress artist Matthew Burrows has instigated the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE #artistsupportpledge
The concept is a simple one. Artists post images of their work, on Instagram what they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist/s work. This spirit of mutual support and generosity is enabling artists to maintain a vital income stream at a time when most sales channels have disappeared overnight.
To make a pledge, post your work with the #artistsupportpledge and follow the # to see everyone else’s work. Keep updated on new opportunities and announcements @artistsupportpledge Repost and tell your friends, colleagues and collectors. Let generosity be infectious.
#supportartists #covid19 #coronavirus #livegenerously #makersupportpledge #artistsoninstagram #artistsupportpledge
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One of a kind bespoke quilt commissions are always welcome.
If you wish me to make you a quilt from cherished old clothes, or from your own special stash of fabric, I can work with you to design a quilt to the size&style that fits you&your home. I can also stitch a quilt (-floor cushion-tent-laptop cover-you decide) as a special gift to celebrate a significant event, or I can make a personalised quilt just for you or for a loved one.
Recent bespoke commissions have included; working on a monochromatic quilt in cooling cotton for the summer, stitching a hard-wearing Harris Tweed patchwork quilt backed with William Morris’s classic print; The Strawberry Thief for a boy to grow with and a patchwork memory quilt stitched from Rory’s clothes. Click the page links to view unique quilt commissions including Memory quilts, Baby quilts, Wedding quilts and Harris Tweed patchwork quilts
Onward…& do get in touch to discuss your quilt commission ideas further.Read More
Covid-19 is affecting us all in lots of ways. All my forthcoming markets and fairs have been put on hold until this pandemic has passed and I am currently self isolating and working from home. Take care of you and yours x
And in the meantime, my on-line shop is always open for special gifts, to treat a loved one or yourself. And if any excuse were needed to wrap up warm in a truly unique patchwork quilt or add a colour pop of colour with my Made in GB cushions to brighten any dull day, now is the time you can truly indulge in some delicious cosy cosseting at home.
P.S If you have any bespoke patchwork quilt commission queries, just contact me.Read More
Hope you have been taking care in any wintry conditions and keeping warm?
If an excuse were needed to treat yourself my Fair Isle blankets are the Perfect British made gift for the other half – pal – pet – or yourself – on the 14th February, or on special calendar days, even high days and holidays x
There’s always lots going on at Quilt Towers so do keep checking in on my website to see what’s happening at By Lisa Watson.
Enjoy your February xRead More
Happy Chinese New Year!
One of the many things I enjoy about Manchester is that it is great at embracing its diverse population and this weekend there are celebrations for Chinese New Year 2020. I will enjoy the buzz in China Town on Sunday, and make the most of the delicious food on offer, but I’m not so keen on big crowds, so my top tip for watching the amazing dragon dance without the melee, is to drop into Manchester Art Gallery for the best view on Princess Street.
2020 is the Chinese zodiac Year of the Rat
What Chinese zodiac sign are YOU?
If you are curious as to how to learn about Patchwork & Quilting, I am pleased to be running two can do taster Patchwork & Quilting workshops. On Sunday 16th February I will be teaching P&Q from James Donalds PickOne’s light and airy basement weave studio within the Coburg House Art Studios (www.coburghouse.co.uk/) in Edinburgh. On Saturday 7th March my P&Q workshop will be at Technically Brilliant’s light and airy gallery in Golden Square shopping centre in Warrington.
These Patchwork & Quilting taster workshop will be held from 10-4pm, priced £65. Click to book.
In this taster Patchwork & Quilting workshop Lisa Watson (that’s me!) will introduce you to hand stitched patchwork & quilting techniques and throughout the day talk through how you can develop your P&Q further at home, by hand, or on a sewing machine.
Takeaways from this days workshop are a hand-stitched patchwork pin cushion and a suffolk puff brooch. Lots of useful hand outs are provided, as well as all the materials. However, if you are a sewer, please do bring your sewing kit and fabrics with you to use for a truly personalised approach.
Bring a packed lunch for an half an hour break at midday. Tea and coffee and cake will be provided throughout the day.
Only 8 people max for these workshop, so book your place early.Read More
It was really lovely to have a fortnight off for all the festivities. I made myself slow down and I really appreciated the breathing space. Now I am back at work and ready to start the new year…
By Lisa Watson (that’s me!) re-opened today and my on-line shop has lots of delicious January quilt offers for you. Let’s face it January can be a trying month, so even though we are all raring to go following the festive hols, sometimes cosying up in a quilt is also much needed…And don’t forget, I also stitch bespoke quilts, so if you wish a unique, one of a kind patchwork quilt, just get in touch.
More tempting offers to follow in February. Until then, onward to the new decade xRead More
I have had a great time travelling across the country to autumn&festive fairs throughout the last couple of months. Thank you to everyone who took the time to talk&purchase. By Lisa Watson is now closed for the festivities and I’m looking forward to enjoying spending time with my family&friends. Happy holidays to you too.
Onward to 2020, we re-open on Monday 6th January and our on-line shop will have lots of delicious January offers for you.
By Lisa Watson is excited to be taking our distinctly British quilts, cushions & more to Scotland’s Trade Fair at the SECC this 19-21 January 2020. Find us on stand CG54
Festive Wishes to you&yours and all the best for 2020 xRead More
I really enjoy being part of fairs across the country. The atmosphere is always lively and it’s fun to talk to fellow makers & attendees.
I have now taken part in all my festive fairs for the year. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to talk & purchase.
My on-line shop is still open until 20th December though…
Click to browse By Lisa Watson (that’s me!) unique collection of British made quilts, cushions & more for your home. Thoughtful & unique festive gifts to add a colour pop to counteract any dreary day, as well as keep you warm and cosy during wintry weather.Read More
Thanks to @lisawatso for the most fabulous quilt ever. Isn’t it gorgeous!!! And in my favourite colour…Green!
@CMBoggianno – June 9
I bought Lisa’s ‘sunshine yellow velvet and subtle blues, browns and greys Harris Tweed, quilt. Just love the fabrics, colour combinations and the workmanship is superb.
DAI-AN CRAIG – AUGUST 20
Oh my, my, my! Lisa, what a beautiful thing you create! They are heavenly beautiful! Simply, I am glad I came across your work and brought them!!!
KAORI LAIRD – SEPTEMBER 3
I am so pleased with my beautiful quilt. The colours are lovely and they tone in really well with our bedroom colours.
MARION – NOVEMBER 15
Lisa is very proud of her quilts and justifiably so. I have never seen any like them, photos do not do them justice.
GEOFF & NICOLA – SEPTEMBER 5