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.
Saturday 6 October 2018
Speculating Rook HQ, 10am – 4pm
£60, maximum of 3 people.
Free-machine embroidery zippy bags
Saturday October 13th 2018
Sew Much To Do, Ely 10am – 4pm
Free-machine zippy bags
Monday October 15th 2018
Speculating Rook HQ 10am – 4pm
Free-machine embroidery Lampshades
£70, 30cm lampshade kit included. Maximum of 3 people
please contact me for further details 07854 045576, firstname.lastname@example.org
This week two blankets arrived by post from Opusanglicanum, thank you thank you.
I am very grateful to everyone who has responded to my request for blankets, they are not the easiest of items to post but they are hugely appreciated. Cushions are being sent out in return – a slow start but now the holidays are here production is speeding up; hares, foxes, goats, badgers and ring tailed lemurs are being delivered far and wide.
Meet the hare and the tortoise, officially a prototype. My hare is far too far away, race officials would never believe this scenario even with the backing of an ancient Greek so I am starting again, this time I will concentrate and the tortoise will be significantly larger.
The work space is untidy, and that picture…
It has been pointed out to me that my past would not have tolerated that angle for a moment. I think this is it’s third week. However there are murmurings of decorating – in fact I believe Gray Blue No.91 has been ordered.
I filled jugs with wonderful combinations of blues, greens and cream
all to be taken to church in the early hours of Sunday morning with bouquets and buttonholes ready for a wedding. I think it will have been a beautiful event and have heard that the bride loved the flowers.
Today I started a leaping hare on linen.
I think he may be one of several because sewing on that linen is simply wonderful!
p.s. Apologies for the lack of Blanket Appeal updates. The blanket situation is looking much healthier and this will be illustrated as soon as the rain stops. My Totaliser is created from chalk on a garden wall and is looking a bit sad. When the sun shines I promise.
A trip to Craftco to top up their supplies. We plugged in the ipod, turned on the windscreen wipers and headed east. Whilst driving I reflected on how bad we are at time management; this journey was only necessary because I had missed successive last posts. Osborne Central has been intense of late (I am not the only one with deadlines to meet), sleep patterns disrupted, late late nights, early mornings, extra journeys, odd food and not enough dog walking. I am an eight hours a night person and the strain was starting to show…
In Southwold the sun was shining and the people were smiley, Sue Ryder had two woolly blankets, crayfish sandwiches were being served in The Lord Nelson and there is nowhere better to drink Adnams Spindrift. Order has been restored.
I am working on new designs.
Rather than wait for the UK’s supply of blankets to dry up I have started looking at other background fabrics. Dustsheets are still in mind but between me and the hardware shop are two fabricshops… and this beautiful, beautiful linen.
I am imagining French seams, covered buttons and hand stitched button holes…
A weakness for Witney blankets means that for months the long suffering cast and crew have humoured me; never complaining/noticing that every corner of our home is stuffed with wool. But now I am shocked to find I am down to the last, you know the one with the beautiful mending. So I am sending elves to all corners of the globe in search of supplies.
And I am offering a swap…
If you can find and send me a blanket (wool only – I am quite particular), postage should be approx. £8 depending on size, I will send by return a cushion or two depending on your expenses, with beast of your choice. When I say choice I mean a beast we agree on, there are some critters I have no empathy with and therefore rarely work for me. Blankets in any condition considered, probably best to email me a photo first, even the most distressed items are welcome here. If you are able to deliver in person even better, you will be welcomed with enthusiasm, and served tea and cake on the Moomin tray.
What do you say… up for a challenge? I hope so because Plan B is vague and involves dust sheets.
There will be regular Blue Peter style updates and a totaliser.