As I’m behind on my 2021 Challenge and about to spend the day attempting to catch-up, I thought I’d start with Patchwork and I’ve been inspired by the many gorgeous patchwork quilts on sale via the internet, particularly via Etsy.

Etsy is a great site for art of all kinds, especially if you don’t want to go professional but would like to sell an occasional piece or work for some pin money.

Followers of mine on Twitter will be aware already that I am hopeless at sewing and indeed most crafts, although I have been known to dabble now and then. The neatness required is something that eludes me when it comes to crafts involving textiles in particular and with sewing, I can barely thread a needle which is a shame so am particularly envious of embroidery and tapestry.  As my brother pointed out it’s such a useful skill, he wished he was taught it instead of Latin.

Over the years I’ve attempted knitting, crochet, weaving and sewing but the tension required for all of theme I have never got right. Of these weaving was the most satisfying and I even went as far as investing in a small heddle loom which is now gathering dust in a cupboard. I might have another go at it if I can resist collecting too much wool again. I had bags and bags of wool round the house at one point but have since had a clear out and donated them all to charity shops.

Texture, colour and pattern are three things I love when it comes to being creative and textiles have all three in abundance. I hope to have a go at a felting course sometime soon both wet and dry felting and was thinking of combining it with making natural dyes as a mini break somewhere. So who knows, I might end up mastering working with a textile yet, but to inspire others far better at it, than I am, why not make a patchwork based on a painting. Many artists use geometric designs and motifs in their work here are just a handful of examples to whet you appetite but think #Cubism, Mondrian,  Picasso, Matisse or Paul Klee and for patchwork you can hardly go wrong!