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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

extraordinary tails

This week two blankets arrived by post from Opusanglicanum, thank you thank you.

blue blanket

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.

tail

straightening up

I need to stretch!

prototype fable cushion on linen

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.workspace

The work space is untidy, and that picture…

wonky frost

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.

farrow and ball number 82

Time for a re-hang.

rainy days

This week I have diversified.

For a few hours I became an informal florist assistant arranging beautiful flowers in a very informal fashion.

Love in a mist,

love in the mist 

Lady’s mantle

lady's mantle

Hydrangea

hrdrangea

alongside  Peonies, Roses and Stocks.

I filled  jugs with wonderful combinations of blues, greens and cream

Peonies in a Blue and White Vase by Henri Fantin-Latour
Peonies in a Blue and White Vase by Henri Fantin-Latour

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.

linen hare

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.