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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Marjolyn Hannaart (France) Jan Drury (UK) Danica Atkinson (UK) Thomasina Freeman (UK)

Our 4 lovely Portrait Shuffles for today, are another set with completely differing styles.

The date that the Shuffles have to be with us is the 31st July (eeek!) so there's just time to send them back if you'd like to be part of the wonderful exhibit in our gallery at Festival of Quilts. They all have to be mounted on battens before exhibiting, so although late arrivals can be part of the shuffle, they will unfortunately miss the exhibition.

Anyway, today we have a mixed media piece from Marjolyn Hannaart. The frame has the word "Lyn" on it. It's a painted piece with an overlay of net to one face, stencilling, half a leaf and painted branch. Thank you Marjolyn!

Jan has kindly sent us this lovely image of a little girl on the sand. She's gorgeous!

Danica (Dani) has hand stitched the portrait in thick threads and seated it on a background of appliqued fabrics, which have been stitched into place by lines of machining.

Thomasina's piece is, I think, printed cotton mounted onto the canvas with applied fabric with "thomasina" stitched onto it. Thomasina has also included a biography to be sent to her shuffler!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Christine Bay (Singapore) Margaret Horton (UK) Rosemary Woodward (UK)

Thank you ladies for today's Portrait Shuffles - how lovely!!

Christine Bay has sent this exquisite painting from Singapore. The detail is astonishing. It has a very Art Deco feel to it we think!

Margaret Horton's portrait is on finely coloured and stamped cloth with very fine hand stitching.

Finally for today, Rosemary Woodward has sent us a painted portrait. There seems to be pencil or coloured pencil Rosemary?  Anyway, we like the smile and sunny colourings!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Valerie Hughes (UK) Barbara Cady (UK) Maria Eugenia Corbella (Spain) M Sullivan (Canada)

4 Shuffle Portraits have arrived today from around the globe.

Valerie Hughes has made a beautifully hand stitched portrait - a garden brimming over with flowers and leaves which spill around the sides of the canvas.

Barbara Cady has attached a note to warn us against the sharpness of the needle stitched into this one, but don't worry it's very firmly attached. The words say, "The older I get... The smaller the eye becomes ..."

Maria has painted this fabulous cat - I think in acrylics.

And finally for the weekend,  M. Sullivan from Canada has painted and stitched, with applique, this portrait. Not sure if it's printed, painted or dyed fabrics, but it's a glorious riot of textures.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Sandra Meech (UK) Little Girl With A Sewing Machine

We're absolutely thrilled that Sandra Meech has kindly donated a piece to the Portrait Shuffle. Thank you Sandra, it's wonderful. Will you be the lucky person who gets this in the post!

'Little Girl with a Sewing Machine'

Sandra says that the work is a collage of images - sketches of sewing machine parts and one of her "dresses" which are part of a series of her art textile pieces.

Janet Greig Sheen (UK) Carlo Briscoe (UK) Anne menary (UK)

3 more fabulous Shuffles have plopped onto the door mat this morning.

Ann Menary, has labelled hers "A page from my sketchbook". It has extensive hand stitching on fabric which is fixed to layers of paper.

Carlo has sent this striking piece which is beautifully hand stitched - almost Picasso-like in the way the face is divided into two so that you have full face and yet a side view too.

Finally Janet, has sent this portrait which has a label on the back, with a photo, and saying "Janet Greig with Tilly. Photograph Arthur Greig 1950. Listen with Mother, January 1950." There is a music score around the edge of the canvas and is "Berceuse from Faure's Dolly Suite".

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Miranda Twydell (UK)

We have a lovely lino print portrait from Miranda Twydell this morning. Miranda says:

"This is Derek who has spent his life working in the research and development of pharmaceuticals, and still is ..... after retirement. I wanted to show how his chemistry runs through him, as an integral part of his makeup, so this lino print is on top of equations to do with the thermodynamics of solvation! To me they are a pattern!".

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Barbara Toogood (Australia) Greta Huseboe (Norway) Pat Mallett (UK)

Todays very wonderful delivery has brought 3 portraits from around the world.

Greta Huseboe has monoprinted this image on rust dyed cotton, and has used hand dyed cotton thread to stitch this strong image.

Barbara Toogood from Australia, has sent another black and white piece. It looks like a painting but could be a pencil/graphite sketch with a layer of varnish or gel. Not sure Barbara - if you're reading this and want to say, please do leave a comment.

Finally Pat Mallett has sent this with a little note on the back "Ravneet looking at the sea view in Bude, Cornwall" The background is made of layered fabrics, and the hair and ornament are wool and metal.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Georgina Newson (UK) Agatha Lee (Singapore) Charlotte O'Hare (UK)

The weekend saw another 3 portrait shuffles arrive for our gallery at Festival of Quilts, from Georgina Newson, Agy Lee, and Charlotte O'Hare.

Georgina's portrait is surrounded in applied flowers, which stand proud of the canvas and with beaded centres. We love the colours in the eye Georgina - gorgeous detail.

Agatha Lee (Agy) sends her work on alter egos. (a person's secondary or alternative personality). David Bowie. His portrait is densely stitched and surrounded by text, and half hidden under layers of organza-like material.

And lastly for today, Charlotte O'Hare has made this portrait in shades of yellow with darkly framed glasses. The portrait continues underneath the canvas, and the glasses stand proud - they are cut away to allow the hair to look as if it falls over the frames.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Deborah Martin (New Zealand) Jenni Milligan (UK) Yvonne Elliot (UK)

What a busy Portrait Shuffle day we're having today!! 3 more have arrived this afternoon. Poor postman must be wondering what on earth is going on, but thank you so much.

Jenni Milligan has sent this one in which made me smile! She says "Most of my time in the garden spent bum in the air weeding! Love my garden!"

Yvonne Elliott has sent this beautiful portrait, with a real earring and flowers in her hair.

Deborah Martin's portrait is on Lise Meitner, who is someone who inspires her. She has kindly written a short bit about what Lise exemplifies, and a brief life story. This will be attached to the portrait so the recipient can read all about her.

Judy Fairless (UK) Kate Tarling (UK) Gillian Travis (UK)

We have some really gorgeous portraits today from the UK. Thank you so much!

The first is from Kate Tarling - the most amazing hair and capturing the moment of a smile.

Judy Fairless has sent this beautifully rendered image with very fine stitching.

And finally for today Gillian Travis has sent this very colourful portrait -it sings!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Alicia Merrett - UK. Through Our Hands Affiliate Artist

Alicia Merrett has kindly made this piece called "Portrait of a Village" as a donation to the TOH Portrait Shuffle.  Remember, you have to be in it to win it!! Closing dates for returned portraits is 31st July.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Diane Botting (UK) and Diana Brown (UK)

2 Shuffles arrived this morning from Diane Botting and Diana Brown. Big thank you!

Diane Botting

 NB Some of the beads went astray in the post Diane, but not to worry they were in the envelope so we'll try and do a repair!!

Diana Brown - hand stitched felt we think.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Katriina Flensburg (Sweden) and Lesley Bland (UK)

We have 2 more lovely Portrait Shuffles this morning! First of all is Katriina Flensburg from Sweden. Katriina has been short listed for the Fine Art Quilt Masters at Festival of Quilts this year, with her piece, Looking for Balance.  Good luck Katriina!!

And we also have this lovely piece which is titled "Portrait of Love",  from Lesley Bland who is from the UK. Thank you ladies!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Gwyneth Rose (UK) and Christine Predd (USA)

Thank you Gwyneth Rose for this portrait which arrived yesterday - it made me smile and cheered a cold and wet day!

Enormous thanks also to Christine Predd from the USA for her closely stitched portrait.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Linda Elder (USA) and Trisha Joel (Canada)

We have 2 more lovely Portrait Shuffles this morning from the opposite side of the globe.

Linda says about her piece: "This pencil sketch is of a Cambodian man by the bamboo railroad in Cambodia. The feint writing in the background is Khmer".

Trisha Joel

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Fiona Bailey - Ireland

A beautifully stitched portrait has arrived today from Fiona Bailey. Thank you Fiona - it's lovely!!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Margaret Atkinson (Australia) and Laurel Shelton (USA)

 2 lovely portraits from opposite sides of the globe today!

Thank you to Margaret who has made a gorgeous portrait of her grand daughter and her dog.

Laurel's portrait is of "Ji Huo" who is from Sechuan, China. His parents had died of AIDS and he was found in poverty and was sponsored by Endeavour Childrens Services, and who features in a book called "I Am Who?".


 If you're sending your Portrait to us from outside the UK, please double check on the duty requirements when you send it at your local Post Office. As this is a charitable project, we can't afford to pay any UK import duty for your canvas.

We would recommend marking your parcel with a very low (or no value). Your Post Office should be able to advise you. It can be marked as a 'gift' as you will of course be donating it to someone else!

If you're not sure what to do, please email us at or for more specific advice based on your location.

Thanks so much for your contribution to the project!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Sending your Portrait back

Hi everyone,

We're so excited to be receiving Portraits back ready for the exhibition. We're delighted that lots of people from outside the UK have joined in too. If you're sending your Portrait to us from outside the UK, please double check on the duty requirements when you send it at your local Post Office. As this is a charitable project, we can't afford to pay any UK import duty for your canvas.

We would recommend marking your parcel with a very low (or no value). Your Post Office should be able to advise you. It can be marked as a 'gift' as you will of course be donating it to someone else!

If you're not sure what to do, please email us at or for more specific advice based on your location.

Thanks so much for your contribution to the project!

Love Laura

Claire Passmore

A lovely stitched portrait from Claire Passmore. "Rainbow Child" You can read more about this portrait and how Clare was inspired, and put together this piece, here:

Carol Sutherland

Our thanks for this beautifully stitched portrait has arrived from Carol today. "Great Great Grandmama".

Paul Mallett

Today we have a terrific portrait from Paul Mallett. A note on the back explains that this is a "picture of Timmy Mallet, UK TV childrens entertainer, artist and broadcaster."

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Deborah Pawle (Somerset) Maryke Van Welzen (Netherlands)

Deborah Pawle

Maryke Van Welzen

Paint Like a Child!

Maybe you like the sound of the Portrait Shuffle but are nervous to take part? I'm here to tell you, you can join in, and we would love you to!

Let's take our lead from the children - the portraits by the students from Redeemer Lutheran College, Australia are so inspiring. I don't know about you, but I love to see children drawing and painting. They always create with such abandon, and no limits on their creativity.

So my Portrait Shuffle motto for the day is 'Paint Like a Child!'. Don't feel limited by your perceived ability, you can do this.

Here are some tips to help you, young or old, to get started...

1. If you don't want to dive in with paint, make a simple drawing first. Keep it loose, and rather than using a boring pencil, why not start with colour and use a coloured pencil instead? 

2. Have fun with colour! Your portrait can be as bright and beautiful as you like. Block in some areas of vibrant colour to lose the white of the canvas. If you don't paint too thickly, you'll still see your guideline coloured pencil drawing underneath.

3. Break the rules! Use a range of tools to make marks, using your fingers is a great way to blend colour and make marks.

4. Use a combination of thick paint and thin paint. Here Amelie is using acrylic paints. See how she's used thick paint (hardly any water added) to make the bold brush marks for the eyes. Then look at how she's used a watery wash of blue over the yellow. The watery blue paint sits into the texture of the canvas and the yellow still glows through - yum!

5. Paint more than one! Working on two or more canvasses can be so freeing. We would love for you to paint as many Portrait Shuffle pieces as you can, but if you are limited to just one pack, then why not cut some card or paper the same size so you have a series of pieces to play with? 

Most of all, just enjoy the process. We are so loving receiving your portraits and would like to say a big thank you for taking part.

Love Laura