The Tigley Textiles studio is now fully up and running, at long last. These things sometimes take so long to sort out don’t they? It sits proudly in my back garden and has wonderful countryside views of Bredon hills. The double doors at the front can be thrown open in gay abandon so that the room feels spacious and light.
The walls are adorned with my textile pieces and mood boards are dotted around to give me inspiration when I need it. It’s well equipped with cupboards and shelves and snippets of old linens and lace are spilling out of every box. My little mouse bobbins watch my every move whilst they chuckle away to themselves. On the tables are ongoing half stitched current pieces- I always work on more than one piece at a time. There are piles of fabrics and threads everywhere – I like to work in a chaotic frenzy, dipping in and out of remnants as I explore and play with overlapping textures.
In the corner is the sink with teas, coffees and the obligatory cake and biscuits- I try hard to resist but just can’t help myself most of the time. This is the place where anyone can go to at any time to help themselves to refreshments, so it’s usually full of chatter and laughter, as people relax in between concentrating on their creations.
The tables and chairs have been up-cycled with the help of Annie Sloan. Gorgeous shades of cream, pinks and duck eggs blue- the Tigley colours. The seat pads have all been machine embroidered with colourful quirky illustrations and motivational quotes- everyone asks if they’re allowed to sit on them! That makes me laugh everytime- yes! Plonk and wriggle away!
All you can hear are the birds singing and the distant sound of farm machinery in the nearby fields. The perfect setting for relaxation and no excuse for not focussing 100%. After the initial explanations and demonstrations, I love to watch my ladies totally lose themselves in their work. You can hear a pin drop, and there is occasionally the need to remind them to “sit up straight and breath!”. We all need to look after our backs, and necks of course.
So please come and visit anytime- it would be lovely to meet you at a workshop or if you just want to pop in and say hello beforehand, contact me and we’ll arrange a time together.
(fabulous photos courtesy of Vicky Beddoes)
Directions to Tigley Textiles Studio
From the M5, get off at junction 7 and at the roundabout, take the B4084 to Pershore. Once into Pershore, take the first right onto Three Springs Road, A4104 towards Upton. Stay on that road for a couple of minutes and turn left for Birlingham. Take the first road on the left- Broadway Road and follow the road round a couple of bends. (there are 7 X 30mph alternating on each side of the road). Once you come to a field straight ahead of you, turn right and The Paddocks is the third house on the left. You will see a road sign positioned by the gate to help you. If the driveway is full, please park in the field just before the house. walk down the side of the house and the tigley Studio can be seen at the back of the house.
From Pershore, take the Upton road and follow the directions above.