Sunday, 18 January 2015
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Embroidery day. I was persuaded to sign up for a free motion machine embroidery course run by Jo Hill, a very talented local textile artist. Now anyone who knows me will probably agree that I have the creativity of a gnat and the sewing skills of a nanognat.
Undaunted, I dug out my old Brother sewing machine which we bought in 1983 for £239. Amazingly we paid less than one hundred times more for our house!! I gather that it is now possible to buy a very good machine for less than £70. In fact the darning/free-motion embroidery foot cost £12.95. All that remained was for my resident sewing machine mechanic to service the machine, to blag assorted bits of fabric from friends, have a quick practise using the foot, and I was ready to turn up at Tixall Village Hall full of hope and trepidation.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day, although it must be said, that with the creativity of a gnat and the sewing skills of a nanognat, it wasn’t always easy! My friends were all very helpful and supportive towards each other. These are the same group of friends that I walk with every Tuesday. Some are very talented and artistic.
As you can see we are all of a certain age!
Some lovely pieces. My favourite is bottom right, simple with lots of the free motion embroidery for the plants and the barbed wire. Needless to say it isn’t my work! Well done, Sue M.
Which do you think is mine?
Well, this is it. One of those times when I wouldn’t recommend you enlarge the pic!
Not so Q.E.D…
Saturday, 10 January 2015
We've had a lovely day with some very good friends and nearly neighbours, both here and in France.
There was some debate as to whether this should begin at 6.30, or whether we should revert to French time - meaning we could start at 5.30! In the end great restraint was shown and we began at 6.45.
Thanks to Chris and Sally for taking the photographs. Next stop France....