Lunch time came so quickly before we had really begun. We all agreed it would be lovely to have another session with Sue at a later date to help us complete the intricacies of the embroidery. In the meantime we vowed to continue stitching the different layers.
Thank you to Sue for a really enjoyable and inspirational workshop. Meanwhile in the back room lots of different projects were being stitched - from patchwork to samplers.
• Check your threads are colourfast.
• The back of an embroidery should be as good as the front.
• Don’t use knots but leave a thread and weave it into the back of the stitch later.
• Date and sign your embroidery as all pieces are heirlooms of the future.
... and thanks to Ann Reading once again for a lively and interesting account of the day. The feedback from the day was very positive and I'm only sorry I missed out on all the fun!
The photograph shows a small group of us who went to meet Gillian Hunt and Caroline Alexander to talk about the two workshops to be given by Chris Cannon and Barbara Ryan on Friday, 31st May and Saturday, 15th June from 10am - 12 noon. We were taken to see a small selection of the samplers which are going to be on display and which we can view at the workshops.
To say we were 'mind-blown' is no exaggeration. The work done by schoolchildren as young as eight put us all to shame. (It made some of us feel that calling ourselves 'stitchers' was a bit pretentious???)
We hope to create an opportunity to share some of this work with our members and are liaising with Gillian and Caroline to arrange something soon. Watch this space.
There is a lecture on Wednesday, 15th May from 2 - 2.45pm with Keith Vernon, entitled 'Plain Sewing for plain girls: Needlework and girls' education in Victorian England'. I know it's short notice but it sounds very interesting? I, for one, want to know more about how and why the samplers were produced with such skill and precision. I'm sure the human stories behind the work are well worth listening to? Hope to see some of you there?