The Community Textile Show – Preparations

the pre preparation room

It is good to feel useful even while being in awe.

decanting into the cars – even Dog helps

As foreshadowed a few days ago the Textiliste is curating a special show hosted by the Dulwich Quilters.

The venue is a stunning house in the centre of Dulwich built in the 18th century by a paper magnate, which sounds a little counter intuitive. He must have been filthy rich. One feature that pertains to houses of such vintage: the ceilings are almost in space so being confident on a ladder is essential. In addition the number of steps I climbed suggested that by the end of the day I needed oxygen.

This year the idea was to showcase a variety of projects, with an emphasis on the work done in and for the community as well as projects inspired by the strange 18 months we’ve had. As one previous use of the house had been as a boarding house for the nearby private school, there remained a shoe rack. It happened to be in columns of seven so someone had the bright idea to use it to create a rainbow from the members many creative tools and items. Hence the Cabinet of Curiosities was born.

Some of the sections were delightful

Another room was filled with examples of a challenge the group set themselves: to create pieces that reflected something of importance to the members.

Another display contained a woman’s housing project piece made to be raffled to raise money for the charity – the amount raised? £15,000

While another was a group quilt with members creating individual pieces that were inspired by the notion of home. This too will be auctioned to raise money for charity.

I’ll look at some other pieces tomorrow, but I’ll leave you with some images of the setting up… my small contribution.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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30 Responses to The Community Textile Show – Preparations

  1. A fabric and notions garden!! Lovely

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  2. Darlene says:

    I love the cabinet of curiosities. What a great idea. The quilts are wonderful too.

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  3. Ritu says:

    This looks amazing, His Geoffleship!

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    THe show looks to be amazing. Nice to see Dog bought into it, too.

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    Very colourful Geoff 💜💜

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  6. This looks to be a splendid occasion. Is Dog guarding his portrait?

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  7. Well done on the handyman role. The items look fabulous. Those quilts are especially lovely.

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  8. This artwork is completely amazing, Geoff. I’ve never made a quilt but I have done Appliqué and embroidery and other needlework and I know how long it takes.

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  9. arlingwoman says:

    Wow, there is some marvelous crafting going on in this show. And that wood floor is simply amazing…

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  10. trifflepudling says:

    That is a fantastic standard of creativity and skill – must have been fabulous to walk around. I hope the auctions will raise a good amount of money.
    That parquet floor is beautiful – never seen that pattern before.

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    • TanGental says:

      It’s an extraordinary house. When Linda collected the final pieces yesterday the owner, Angus was showing around the Historic Houses association about some award.


  11. Wow. Between the house and the textiles, I’d be a happy visitor.

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