Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hardanger - the clue is in the title!

So yesterday I attended a class with Vicki Mansfield with the Leamington Embroiderers Guild.
She is an amazing embroiderer and had wowed us the previous evening with examples of her work. Now, I'm not great at formal stitching - I'm much more laissez faire in my approach, so I knew this was going to be a real challenge. And boy was it a challenge.
So this is what we were aiming for:
 And this is how it progressed throughout the day  

It was tough and I've never attended a class that was sooooo quiet!  All that concentration.  Although I did find it hard I was pleased to have tried something very different, which is the whole point of joining the guild.

Monday, 29 September 2014


Hello all.
I'm back from a holiday in Falmouth.  The weather was amazing.  We did lots of stuff, a visit to Pendennis Castle, a boat trip and some great meals too. 
On the way back we visited Wells.
Here area few photos:

Sunday, 7 September 2014


Wow - September already. How did that happen?
I have been busy doing some sewing, but will show you more in another post.
Yesterday I went to Oxford with two lovely friends. The main point of our visit was to see The Eye of the Needle at the Ashmolean.
There were about 50 pieces on display, and they were amazing.  The work was so fine.  Some of the cutwork looked like lace.  It was also interesting to see how they combined such a range of stitches. A number of the pieces were quite formulaic, with the same features repeated in many of the pieces which showed how many of them must have used a pattern book. 
And then - we couldn't resist it - we went to The Pitt Rivers Museum.  And all I can saw is WOW.  I have been before but had forgotten quite how amazing it was, and in parts how gruesome. 
An amazing Victorian collection. 
Some weird items - shrunken heads, a totem pole, a parka coat made of seal intestine and anything else you could think of.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

More from the Festival of Quilts

Hi all,
I've been busy finishing off some bits and bobs, you know projects not far off being finished after a class, zips in cushions that were bursting etc.  I have some more photos to show you from the show that I really liked. I hope you like them too.

Still some more to follow...

Friday, 15 August 2014

Bits and bobs

Hello all.
I went out for a coffee today at the Garden Barn  and saw a very cute fluffy sparrow having a bath. 

And here are some of my purchases from the Festival of Quilts with links to their websites
 Stencils from Stamposaurous and Hilary Beattie
 Beautiful threads from Alter Ego

 Threads from Barnyarns

 Fabric from Puddleducks
 A lovely little book from Annette Morgan
 Loved so mnay of the quilts on display by the European Quilt Group
 And I just loved these fabrics from Moda designed by Janet Clare
More quilts to follow soon

Friday, 8 August 2014

Festival of Quilts 2014 (part one of many...)

Hello all.
So - I went to the FoQ yesterday and had a really good time.  As usual I've taken loads of phtotos and will blog them bit by bit.  So here are the first lot.
Art Textiles: Made in Britain are exhibiting at FoQ with the theme of Identity. As part of this they decided to make mood boards, which I think really sum up each of the artists.

And I love this piece by Hilary Beattie.  More to follow...

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Tour de Yorkshire

Yes - we were there. Were you?
It was amazing. So here are some photos of the two stages we saw in Harrogate and Knaresborough. 

 Yes -that's knitted jumper bunting
  Yes - Yorkshire Tea
Yes - that's a polka dot Miffy.  There were also green, yellow and white jersey wearing Miffys.
 Does anyone know where you can find a bottle of wine that big?