Monday, 5 March 2012

Back from Moscow

 Emily and I returned back from Moscow last night. The trip was just brilliant!! Here we are in Red Square  with St Basil's Cathedral behind us. It was very cold but we were so glad to be there that we didn't mind!

We were invited by the Moscow division of the JUKI sewing machine company to give a seminar on machine quilting at a Handicraft Fair in Moscow. Mr Kadiev, the general manager of JUKI in Moscow made the arrangements for the Seminar. He was a wonderful host showing us the sights and taking us to dine in traditional Russian restaurants.

Fluent in several languages, Mr Kadiev was a gracious and informative guide sharing insight into Russian history, language and culture. We learned to much and had such a wonderful time! 

 There is too much to capture in one post so tonight I'll just mention a bit about the Handicraft Show.

As soon as we walked into the exhibition hall we felt at home. The venues change but quilting is the same the world over! As ever there were many bright and colourful stands featuring crafts that ranged from cake decorating ...

 to familiar fabric...

 to weaving on a hand loom...

 and all manner of needlework.

Many stands sold needlework versions of  beautiful Russian icons.

 There was a fashion show and an exhibition of quilts. These two quilts were unusual in that they used authentic period costumes and real bags and rings and belts! More tomorrow...I need to go to bed, I think I'm still on Russian time!


lenacab said...

Good day!
It was nice to see on your site two quilts my colleagues Yanchukovsky Nina, I mean those two quilts, which show women in dresses. Nina has used real fabric the era when the her mother was young. Nina lives in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, she is Ukrainian and I am proud of her.

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