Lisa Watson Blog
Personally I love autumn
the leaves turning, the brisk mornings and warm sunny days at this time of year. Of course, this is an ideal version of the marvellously problematic British weather which like many Mancunians I can be ever so slightly obsessive about (the weather&Manchester!) However, quilts and blankets come into their own in autumn and as well as brightening up a room with a colour pop of colour on the back of the sofa, or as a eye catching runner at the end of a bed, now you can start using them too!
With cosy autumnal days cuddling up in a quilt or blanket in mind, I am super excited to be taking my quilts (cushions&more!) to Altrincham Market this Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September Saturday. I hope to see you there xRead More
Due to COVID-19 we are unable to host a physical event on the scale that has previously proved successful at the Dovecot Studios in central Edinburgh. This year it’s more important than ever to celebrate and support our vibrant community of textile makers and designers from around the world, so with this in mind we would like to present to you 50+ fantastic makers from around the world with links to their selling sites.
Participating makers have all agreed that 15% of all online sales from CLOTH#20 will go to Dovecot, a registered charity who are a vital resource in the landscape of creativity – specifically tapestry making – both nationally and internationally, so for track and tracing purposes please quote ‘CLOTH20’ in all communication with the makers you wish to purchase from. Thank you and enjoy!
How it works:
1. Explore our curated list of some of the most exciting makers here.
2. Click on the button in each entry to head straight to their online stores.
3. When you make an order please quote ‘CLOTH20’ at checkout, in their comments box or when contacting the maker to let them know that we sent you.
I’m pleased to be exhibiting with over 160 selected designer-makers from across the UK with the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs new online fair – GNCCFonline : 25-31 July 2020
Support makers and buy something you love x www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk
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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
You can find By Lisa Watson (that’s me!) offerings @lisawatsoRead 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
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
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