Introducing Sensory Squares: personalised photo quilts that are designed to provide stimulation and keep hands busy.
I have developed them after numerous requests from people interested in making my Stitchbooks suitable for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. They are suitable for anyone who needs something tactile to fiddle with. Each square has a mixture of photographs, fiddle activities and sensory materials and they attach together to form a larger quilt.
For more information visit my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/…/sensory-square-personalised-photo-fi…
I'd love to know what you think and for you to share this with anyone you know who might be looking for a special gift for someone in their life with sensory needs.
I had a lovely day last Sunday at the Fairytale Fair in Worthing, talking to loads of people about my Stitchbooks and new Sensory Squares.
I had lots of interest for a day Stitchbook course in Worthing so I am currently sorting one out - details to come shortly! For now here are lots of great photos from the day thanks to Ed Watts Photography who was on hand throughout the day.
This week I have been settling into my lovely new studio at the Hotwalls in Portsmouth. I was previously working from a studio I shared with other members of Fire Monkey Arts (16 plus members) so could only use it a couple of times a week. Now I have half of a studio that is mine to use any time I want!
I'm sharing with the lovely Jessie from The Sacred Obscene who is another textile artist and the studio is a lovely mix of plants, embroidery and interesting artifacts. Below are pictures of her lovely things.
Anyone in the Portsmouth area I'd love you to come and visit. I'm in the studio most days between 11-4. The best day to visit is the 3rd Sunday of every month when there is an open day at the Hotwalls, so all of the studios will be open for you to visit.
Ok, so I had quite modest ambitions to follow the sorbetto sewalong in real time and produce my lovely new top within the allotted time. I was sure I could achieve such a simple goal - it's an easy top and I have time, right?
Alas, things have conspired against me and I am hideously behind. It's not that I haven't put the time in - the fabric has been cut and the bodice constructed, it's just that somewhere along the line something has gone awry with my measuring accuracy and although my toile fit well, the actual top was far too big. I blame the sewing fairies of course (and not any lack of attention on my part!). I have no idea what happened, but now I am in the annoying stage of trying to fix the issues.
I know that I cut the fabric carefully for the real top, so the error must have been in the toile - meaning it is pointless to re-cut from the pattern without making another trial. This seemed far too tedious so I resigned myself to just trying to fudge the alterations as I construct it.
The main alteration was to make the pleat in the front a little bigger to take in a few centimeters from the bodice. I also had to take it in a little at the sides which has lead to a whole host of problems with the sleeves. Honestly, the whole thing has turned into a bit of a headache and now I have done the only sensible thing which is to hide it under a pile of other to-do projects and forget about it for a couple of days until i've forgotten how much it's stressing me out!
Anyone else ever had so much stress from such a simple pattern? Anyway, hopefully I'll come back to it and finish it soon! - Will update when I do!
Kim is a textile artist based in Portsmouth. She studied Illustration at Kingston University before becoming a textiles teacher. She combines the two disciplines to create retro inspired fabric artworks and playful images of pop culture.