Pat Ashton-Smith, Textile Artist

Pat Ashton-Smith writes in to chat about her life on a hill above Allendale over the past decade. Pat runs bi-weekly embroidery courses at Catton Village Hall, and other workshops by advertisement, in addition to her own artistry endeavours in the textile arts field.

Her classes concentrate on ‘Patchwork, Quilting and Embroidery.’   Considering the long history of quilting in the Allen Valley and the fame of Elizabeth Sanderson from Allenheads who designed and marked quilts in the 19thCentury, and after whom the Sanderson Star design was named, it seems most appropriate to feature Pat’s efforts in the diary.

As she notes, “My own work is primarily inspired by the landscape of the [East Allen] Valley.  If you are interested you can have a look at my website”   . . . and I did, Pat, and loved the art therein.

We, or rather, Carrie my textile-mad partner, bid successfully on a lovely quilt at a Lions’ Charity Auction a couple of years ago, which I believe is now safely treasured by our grandsons’ family up in Edinburgh.

Pat notes that she’s “running a Residential Course, Landscape Inspirations, to design and stitch an art quilt, with accommodation at The Dale Manor and the workshop in the Forge Studio from 4th to 8th November.  All the residential places are taken but [as of writing] I can still take 3 people on a non-residential basis.  The best way to contact Pat is through her website.

Otherwise, there are the regular courses, which are now included in the Pocket Directory: Catton Embroidery & Patchwork Class runs alternate Wednesdays at Catton Village Hall from 10.30 – 4pm. It’s always advisable for a prospective new member to contact Pat first as occasionally this alters.  Pat also runs an advanced Patchwork & Quilting Group at Catton Village Hall on the third Sunday of the month with the next course starting today, the 20th October — dates for this group too sometimes change, usually to fit around Christmas or Easter, for example.

Pat notes that she has a lot of books on the history of textile work in these Dales, and I’m sure that participants in her classes must be gaining a wealth of information from the sessions. The continuity of history as revealed in functional, yet beautiful, textiles!

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