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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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

 

 

finger shut in car door… typing tricky

Open Studios are upon us.

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A team effort!

Lovely people from far and wide, finding me… not always easy I am told. Negotiating the unsophisticated green bungee securing the wrought iron gates, wondering whether to retreat on encountering the expanding foam wolf… it says Textiles in the directory… and braving the friendliest whippet in East Cambs.

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Come in people

you are most welcome.

notes from the A14

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.

linen hare

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 fabric shops… and this beautiful, beautiful linen.

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I am imagining French seams, covered buttons and hand stitched button holes…

From Life In An English Village:  by Edward Bawden
From Life In An English Village: by Edward Bawden

I may outsource the button holes.