Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Growing up in Scotland, Lorna was surrounded by fabric, buttons and colourful knitting yarn in her granny’s drapery shop. It was no surprise that this influenced her creative path to The Glasgow School of Art in 1982, where she graduated with both Honours and postgraduate degrees in Embroidered and Woven Textiles. She carved out her career running her small business designing and making silk, machine-stitched, soft furnishings. She sold and showed her many creations and collections in prestigious shops and museums both in the UK and North America.
With her geologist husband Lorna left the UK to live and work around the world. While contractually unable to work and with two young children, Lorna filled her spare time with volunteer work: Back at home in Scotland she wrote her book Silk Unraveled, which was published in 2008. This is a project-based book and creative guide to some of the techniques she loves to use.
Lorna will talk about her quest to establish a foothold in Vancouver’s rich craft scene and evolution of her work since she arrived in BC in 2012. She will show examples of bags pillows and blankets made from leather, velvet, wool and cottons and talk about the variety of techniques she uses to manipulate the surfaces to create her unique designs. Lorna will also include inspirational images from the people she met on her travels to the beauty of the landscape that surrounds us.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
I am a Canadian quilter, business owner, wife, mother and owner of two very large dogs. I have been quilting for a short time but have jumped in with both feet! I purchased a longarm after quilting for approximately a year and needed “rulers” to keep me within the lines, so to speak. So, I made them!
I am fortunate to have experience in, and access to CNC Milling equipment, as well as a variety of software programs that enable me (along with my math guru hubby) to create machine quilting rulers that will do just what I want them to. I really enjoy coming up with new ideas, that make ruler work fun and accessible for all quilters.
I love attending retreats, guild meetings and trade shows not only to showcase our products, but to meet quilters, and take in all the great feedback and suggestions they bring to the table.
Silly Moon Quilting Co is proudly Canadian, and all our rulers are designed and manufactured in beautiful British Columbia. The company started less that a year ago, and we are excited to see steady growth with a large number of repeat customers! I always warn people, rulers are like potato chips, you can’t have just one!!
I will be bringing my Juki, and will be set up to show on a large screen how to use a few of our rulers. I will also be covering the basic of ruler work as well as explaining the difference in our domestic and longarm rulers. I will be talking about how we make our rulers and how they are different from others on the market.