Tuesday, 29 July 2014


just popping in to this very neglected blog to say hello if you've come over because of the article in popular patchwork. you'll notice i currently don't have any workshops organised for 2014/15, this is because i'm currently writing my second book and it's pretty intensive. i decided i couldn't cope with family life, writing a book & teaching so i'm having a bit of a holiday from the turkey shed until the book is done and dusted.

i shall resume teaching next year, so watch this space!

Monday, 30 September 2013


last wednesday was the first turkey shed class and although i was nervous, i was excited too, because i couldn't wait to get stuck in (i didn't teach this class, my friend yvonne did, i wanted to be a student for once!)

the first part of the day was taken up with mixing dye and putting our fat eighths into little cups of dye to create a graduated colour palette using two different sets of colours. then we mixed those two colours together to create a different set of graduated dye baths - my original two colours were indigo and brilliant pink - once mixed together they created a palette from bright pink through to purple back through to indigo. i ended up with 24 pieces of fabric to use along with my collection of commercial solids to add some texture in my improv quilts.

mixing & measuring with fierce concentration

pretty graduated colours 'cooking' away!

YUM! hanging to dry
in the afternoon, more emphasis was given to playing and experimenting - the students used trays and pieces of plastic to drip, paint, squirt and drop dye on to fabric, and wrapped fabric with string around poles to create amazing striped effects.

all in all it was a hugely enjoyable and successful first workshop, and judging by the level of concentration and 'oooo & ahhhhs' when we washed out our first pieces of fabrics and hung them to dry in the sun, everyone had a smashing time!

tray dying pieces of lace and trim and pole wrapped fabric

beautiful results from pole wrapping

a completely different result from pole wrapping - the dye was
painted in a different direction
my set of graduated dyes!

due to the huge success of yvonne's first 6 wednesday monthly workshops, we've decided to offer another set on tuesdays starting in january 2014. the dates and classes are as follows:

January 28th - colouring cloth
February 25th - working with synthetics
March 25th - screen printing with thermosfax
*no class in april*
May 27th - free machining
June 24th - melting & burning part 1
July 29th - melting & burning part 2

we are also offering another 'screen printing with thermofax' class on wednesday, december 4th 2013.

classes are beginning to get booked up quickly, so if you fancy joining us for one or all of yvonne's workshops please email me: luciesummers{at}yahoo{dot}co{dot}uk

to see a more comprehensive description of the classes and times and prices, take a look at my previous post at http://turkeyshed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/creative-textile-classes.html (copy and paste job i'm afraid, blogger won't let me post links for some reason today, sorry!)

Friday, 30 August 2013

creative textile classes

hello everyone! i am thrilled to announce that yvonne brown and i have been organising dates for her creative textile courses - a programme of workshops designed to introduce you to a range of techniques to provide you with the skill and expertise to create your own unique textile work. 

these classes will be on wednesdays once a month from 10am-3pm and will cost £45 per day. any tools, paints and dyes will be available in class to use, but you will need to bring your own fabric - a requirements list will be sent after booking.

each workshop is a stand alone day so you can dip in and out as you choose although there is a definite progression through the workshops to allow you to gain confidence as you build on your skills. all workshops are suitable for beginners. 

the first part of the programme is all about getting colour and design onto fabric:

fabric dyeing including 'shibori' techniques – a relaxed low tech approach to fabric dyeing that you will be able to do on your kitchen table.

colouring cloth

colouring a range of synthetic fabrics with transfer or disperse dyes and using metallic trans foils to make your fabrics sparkle!
working with synthetics


this month will progress to overprinting on our prepared fabrics and layering on colour with ink, or bleaching it out with discharge techniques, using the screens in interesting and innovative ways.

screenprinting with thermofax screens

screenprinting with thermofax screens



to move forward with your creative textiles, get yourself up to speed with your free machining skills. the day is for beginners and improvers and anyone else who wants to brush-up on their approach to free machine work. please indicate your level when booking so yvonne knows what to prepare for the day.

free machining

get to grips with stitching into your pre-prepared synthetics and cutting back with the soldering iron or attacking with a heat gun (these will be available for use in class.) yvonne will show you how to create amazing cutwork effects and unusual surface textures. 

intro to melting & burning

intro to melting & burning

on our last week together we will be working with lutradur, evalon, and other unusual synthetics. or perhaps you are interested in how to create links, insertions and openwork edges to add an interesting dimension to your textile work.

melting & burning part 2
melting & burning part 2

to book a place on any of these workshops, please send an email to luciesummers{at}yahoo{dot}co{dot}uk indicating which workshops you would like to be booked on to. i will then send a paypal invoice for you to pay - you don't have to have a paypal account and you can pay using most major credit cards. payment is required upfront for each class and a requirements list will be sent after you book. i am sorry, but class fees are non-refundable unless the class is cancelled due to lack of students. 

if you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to contact me on the above email address, or contact yvonne on yvonne{at}yvonnebrown{dot}co{dot}uk


Tuesday, 16 July 2013


ta da! the turkey shed!

hello! if you happened to have stumbled on to this page by accident, welcome, stay a while & see what the turkey shed is all about. if you've googled 'turkey shed' and you're looking for an actual turkey shed, i'm sorry to disappoint you. you might prefer to visit the farmer's weekly website and read all about their top tips for successful turkey production, it's most informative ;) if you're here because you love the idea of printmaking, fabrics, colour and patchwork, you're in the right place.

me. hiding my bingo wings on a really hot day.
so, who am i?

well, i'm lucie summers, more commonly known as lu amongst my patchworky internet friends. i'm a quilter, screen printer, designer of 2 moda fabric collections and now an author of my first book 'quilt improv' which launches in september. i am a hands-on quilt maker, which really means i love to make my quilts from fabrics i've printed myself.

so, what is the turkey shed?

the turkey shed is an exciting space for like minded people to come and create together - i'll be running some day courses myself and also enlisting the help of other creative friends for workshops on mark making on fabric, thermofax screen printing, burning and slashing, surfaces for creative stitching, 'portholes' & improv patchwork as well as workshops on english paper piecing and creative embroidery techniques. the turkey shed is beautiful light filled space with large design walls, a kitchen area and loo, and a resident longarm quilting machine with lovely views of the meadow next door.

so, where is the turkey shed?

the turkey shed is on a farm a few miles outside of newmarket in suffolk, just off the A11, in a village called worlington. we are an hour from norwich, 45 minutes from ipswich, just over an hour from the east end of london by car, and around 20 minutes from ely which is a mainline station - trains take an hour and 10 minutes from ely to kings cross. we are half an hour from cambridge and 10 minutes from the horse racing capital of the world, newmarket.

so, when's it all happening?

day courses will start in september this year when the children have gone back to school. i just need to finalise dates with tutors and finally find out dates of various football matches (my two boys are football fanatics so i need to be able to fit in teaching around their games!) when this is done, i will post the dates here with a link for you to book and purchase a place. workshops will take place on a mixture of weekdays and weekends, usually from 10am until 3pm. 

i'm quite proud of my hanging baskets;
i usually manage to kill them
lots of lovely design wall space with the kitchen
area at the end 
the turkey shed is also home to my mum's
longarm quilting machine
i will be back soon with more class information and a schedule, so stayed tuned! by the way, if you want to follow me online, my username is @lusummers on both twitter and instagram!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

coming soon

hello there! my name is lucie summers (mainly known around t'internet as lu) and i'm a surface pattern designer and printer. i sell my hand printed fabrics under the label summersville and i have designed two collections for moda fabrics. i have also recently written a book called called 'quilt improv', which is due out august/september 2013. my new venture, the turkey shed, is an outbuilding at the farm where i live in suffolk, just outside newmarket. it's actually been a studio for years, where i did lots of 'wet' work - dyeing and painting fabric. the idea is to host a variety of creative workshops, from screen printing and patchwork to different creative textile techniques. i am currently working with tutors to provide an exciting programme - stay tuned for its release within the next month or so! the turkey shed itself has space for 8 students with plenty of parking. we are situated in the countryside just off the A14 between newmarket and thetford, and within easy reach from cambridge, norwich, ipswich and london.