23/10/2016 § 2 Comments
Yesterday, in a village hall near Stockbridge, I met up with a lovely group of ladies who had asked me to run a Patchwork Day. The brief was to actually ‘make something’!
Well, that’s my kind of a day and here are a few moments from our wonderful day filled with creativity, colour and chatter …
We quickly arranged the big tables, ironing boards and assorted sewing machines inside the hall, as the heating warmed us up to the rafters. There was a LOT of fabric and everyone had fun choosing colours that would make either a bag or a cushion, from a traditional Log Cabin design.
Soon the sewing machines were humming happily and everyone was chatting and stitching their chosen project …
Everyone had brought something for lunch – a delicious break in the middle of our patchwork log cabins. And at the end of the afternoon, everyone had a Ta Dah moment …
Drum roll please …. …. ….
Three cushions and two totes completed and big smiles all around.
For me, the day marked a return to the ‘classroom’ since I left teaching in 2013. I can’t wait for my Garden Studio to be completed so that classes can run right here, surrounded by fabrics with Flora Puddleduck quacking along in the garden as we sew!
Enjoy the awesome Autumn colours – here are a few photos of our White Birch tree in the garden and the farm where I walk the collies – I definitely feel a russet-inspired quilt coming on.
I’m off to pick more rosehips and hawthorn berries to make some Hedgerow Jelly – the collies for company, of course. It’s a beautiful day and I can’t bear to be inside – Autumn is most definitely my favourite season of the year.
Enjoy the rest of October – and all that Autumn brings.
Workshops in Winchester – taught by Adaliza. Max 5 per group.
18/10/2016 § 2 Comments
Both J1 and J2 are here in the UK for a week or so. J1 having returned from Thailand for the school holidays and J2 inbetween various trips here and there. It’s great to have their company and listen to their banter – their conversations are always hilarious as they are both great mimics and have inherited their father’s black sense of humour and quick wit. We took a trip to Wales so they could both spend a few days with their grandfather – my Dad who is 91 in December.
A jaunt to Pembrokeshire on the most perfect day last week, had me clicking away at some beautiful coastal cottages – I just love that pink roofed little home and the russet walls and cemented roof of the little house. My grandfather’s home in Trefin used to be the village Post Office where my great aunt was postmistress and her sister ran a smallholding with a few cows, some hens and ducks …
My father remembers spending his holidays here and being sent out to the village pump to fetch water for his grandmother. His best memories though are of Withy Hill, a small farm up a long and fairly inaccessible lane a few miles from Trefin, where his mother’s parents farmed. The Withyl, as it’s affectionately known nestles into the landscape and we stopped, as always, a few fields away where the road takes a turn and if you stand on the gate, you can look over and see the farmhouse roof …
We had lunch in Trefin, where the locals at the village pub still remember his family, and then on to Porthgain where slate was quarried and tunnelled out through the headland. My grandfather, as a young man worked at the quarry and is in this photo (Dad has an original copy) …
Just over the headland from Porthgain is a little cove called Abereidy. The headland bears the scars of the slate industry – abandoned quarry workers’ cottages and industrial buildings. But one amazing result of blasting to extract slate – when the quarry closed, they blasted out the tip of the headland to let the sea into the quarry – and it’s formed The Blue Lagoon – the colour is incredibly blue and caused by chemicals in the water which is over 25m deep and extremely cold (so I’m told)!
After our Pembrokeshire day, we jaunted all around some local towns – Newcastle Emlyn, Cardigan, Lampeter and Aberaeron – I treated myself to some yarns and can’t wait to get started on some awesome wool from the local country market – the same stall that I bought this wool from a couple of years ago and made this shawl.
So now we’re back at home and by the end of the week it’ll be just me and the collies – and Flora Puddleduck, of course. Back to Skype calls and emails as they explore the world and tell me all about it!
The new studio is coming on fast and I’ll soon be able to share some photos of it, all clad out and with a pretty tiled roof. In fact, I think I’m creating my own little cottage-like structure right here – I just need a view of the sea!!!
Have a great week.
06/10/2016 § Leave a comment
A brand new, bespoke sewing room is coming to Winchester very soon.
Specially designed and laid out for small group teaching, with a maximum of 5 places, you will be able to explore your creative side and whether you’re a beginner or have already had a go at patchwork, there will be a workshop for you.
Have a look at the first wave of workshops here.
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PS you’ll have to wait for a couple of weeks for photos of the new studio (it’s currently under construction)
PPS gift vouchers are available – a course would make a GREAT Christmas pressie!
04/10/2016 § 2 Comments
I started this shawl way back – can’t even remember when, but maybe February time. It’s been keeping me company throughout the year for a few rows at a time, here and there, in the evenings and I decided that as finish was overdue I took it on holiday with me to Cornwall.
My usual style of an elongated, knitted triangle in a variety of stitches that take my fancy, then my favourite pineapple-ish crochet edging.
I did finish it whilst on holiday and brought it home for blocking and end-stitching-in. Almost as soon as October arrived, it was time to wear it during the evenings. It’s a comforting extra layer around my shoulders and very soft. The yarn – a linen mix – was a charity shop buy for just a couple of pounds. It’s gone a long way, as I made this shawl for my daughter earlier in the year.
The apples are ripening and I’ve Sloe & Apple Jelly underway in the kitchen as well as piles of dried fruit, onions, sugar and bottles of vinegar all ready for chutney-making. Just awaiting my delivery of jam jars and then we’re off …
Patchwork and pickling are on the agenda for this week. What are you up to?
26/09/2016 § 2 Comments
is a very good thing!
We’re back home now, me and the collies. Last week was spent overlooking our favourite harbour in Cornwall – same house, same village, same long walks out along the coast path, same strolls around the harbour – it was the ‘same’ as many other holidays that have been enjoyed there over many years – same and different. I love going back and the weather was amazingly good. I did a bit of knitting whilst sitting out in the sunshine, overlooking the busy harbour, but had a whole week away from patchworking!
That’s not to say I didn’t have a stroll around my favourite fabric shops and of course, didn’t come away empty-handed! I’m itching to get on with new projects now – it’s good to be back home.
Autumn officially arrived last week with the Autumn Equinox and the summer annuals in the garden have all had their day so I spent yesterday doing a bit of sorting out with Flora greedily rummaging around looking for worms. I did miss her, she’s such a character.
Today, I’m back in my studio, new fabrics in hand and away to go …
patchwork here I come!
have a great week …
12/09/2016 § Leave a comment
Will you just look at the colour of that sky? Who’d have thought that after one of the most miserable, dank and wet Saturdays of the year, Sunday would turn out like this? As I set off across country to the Taste of Wickham Food Festival yesterday, it was a pure Autumn morning with gentle layers of mist across the landscape and steam rising as the sun broke through. Then, with all the mist gone, the sun had the skies to herself, with not a cloud in sight!
Everyone for miles turned out – thousands of folk came along to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, good food, attractions, live music and of course, the patchwork quilts! It was an absolute joy to be a stallholder at this event and I met SOooooo many lovely people.
Just one more look at that blue sky – although we’re meant to be having a mini heatwave this week so maybe, just maybe we’ll get to enjoy some sunshine before Autumn sets in …
When my daughter *C* was a toddler, my Mum and Dad used to come to stay and Mum loved the tearoom in Wickham that overlooks the square. It’s a long time ago, but some memories stay with us and that simple tea and cakes is ingrained in my mind – it was lovely to go back to this pretty little town yesterday.
A busyish week lies ahead and then some R&R next week. See you soon …
09/09/2016 § 4 Comments
If not, then maybe you need a cushion?
We’ve just had week 3 of The Great British Bake Off. I haven’t watched this week’s episode yet but thanks to the radio that was playing in a shop yesterday, I know who’s gone – what a shame. There should be rules about not disclosing such things just in case somebody hasn’t yet caught up on ‘catch up’! If you’re watching too, who’s your favourite to win this year?
The retro kitchen cushions will be making an appearance over the weekend in Alton at the Makers’ Market and then on Sunday at the Taste of Wickham food festival.
It’s threatening to rain tomorrow so I’m probably going to get wet but last evening was warm and still and I couldn’t resist leaning out of my upstairs patio doors and spying my youngest J2 animating his sketches on his new tabletty thing.
I think he could do with a cushion!
Have a lovely weekend.
Linking up with Finish it Up Friday too.
Cushion commissions welcome – just drop me an email – email@example.com