New Workshop Dates

Between now and the end of October there are free-wheeling machine embroidery workshops taking place both in Ely at Sew Much To Do, 01353 664000, and here at Rook Head Quarters.  During Open Studios in July several people asked if I would run workshops from home so I have arranged a couple of dates in October, one for zippy bags and one for lampshades with 3 spaces available on each. Come along with your sewing machine for a day of free wheeling embroidery; I will make you good coffee, reasonable tea and endeavour to provide cake. Bring lunch! Dates below.

Saturday 29 September 2018

Sew Much To Do, Ely, 10am – 4pm

Free machine embroidery lampshades.

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Saturday 6 October 2018

Speculating Rook HQ, 10am – 4pm

£60, maximum of 3 people.

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Saturday October 13th 2018

Sew Much To Do, Ely  10am – 4pm

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Monday October 15th 2018

Speculating Rook HQ 10am – 4pm

Free-machine embroidery Lampshades

£70, 30cm lampshade kit included.  Maximum of 3 people

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please contact me for further details 07854 045576, anna.osborne3@btinternet.com

or Sew Much To Do, Ely, 01353 664000

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My brother

Yesterday we drove to St Albans to see my brother being ordained.1BB9EDB0-8B4E-418A-BE51-4E804A47BE7FBB1DB7F7-107C-4583-BFAB-6C21B7D8A687ca903f00-4478-4fef-b08c-a0d20c6628c6.jpeg It was a glorious day with family and friends, there were hats, beautiful light and so much happiness.

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with Auntie Sheila and wearing a machine embroidered silk stole

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Today, going solo in a clerical collar for the first time, in a bar after work, the barman greets him;

‘Afternoon Father, how are you?’

…’life has changed significantly…’ he tells me.

 

 

Pugs, gout and taxidermy

 

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Ulas and Merve photographer duo

Back at home with the folks after a tremendous week of cushion dealing at Ely Cathedral Flower Festival 2018. And not just cushions, a new range of screen printed, embroidered textiles in the form of light shades and footstools has been launched and warmly received by all the curious and discerning customers this week. As promised bespoke orders are now being taken.

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screen printed embroidered light shades

Rook customers, as well as being both curious and discerning bring with them unusual and challenging requests, gifts of wool blankets, chocolate, strong coffee, fudge and quotes.

And the quotes…

walking past – a double take – ‘they’re slightly more appealing than taxidermy’

and late in the day after a number of hours in the increasing heat of the craft marquee a fellow stall holder on my shiny new footstools…  ’almost worth getting gout for’

In the future I will be offering a discount for gout sufferers.

Now order must be restored in the workroom ready for July’s Cambridge Open Studios. Download the app and come on over, I will be here with the whippet and new work. See you soon.fower festival

 

 

Good to see you

Just before the clock strikes 12 and we all turn into pumpkins or white mice – thank you everyone who called in and said hello at the Norwich Summer Fair today.

From this point you can travel the inter-galactic super highway to find me here and here and here.

On a practical note; birders there will be curlews, godwits, oyster catchers and herons on cushions by the end of the week.

For the people who fancied a flamingo I can’t find the promised photo but flamingos are definitely in the repertoire so I’ll get on with that.

And all those folk who arrived after the bees had sold out there will be new bees at next weekends open studio for sure.

Hope to see you again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 days

9 days until the first Cambridge Open Studios weekend which is cutting it rather fine.

The lists are many and long,

the walls are now chalk white,

the woodwork needs attention,

the door handles need repairing

the front garden is distressed,

the back garden is no longer domestic,

the headphones have stopped working,

a vital sketchbook is missing,

and the cans of spray paint are all blocked up so neon pink pigeons are on hold.

On the plus side I have discovered this which is delicious,

thread storage has been dealt with in a timely and recycled way,

I have work hanging on the chalk white walls

and the moths are out and about

 

Hope you can make it x