So, what am I doing? Well I have been on with my usual project for quite a while now, I normally come here for a weekend, have a great time stitching, go home full of inspiration to get on a make progress........and quilting takes over. This is classed as a 'taster' class, I can try up to four new projects/techniques, so I thought it would be nice to make something I can start and finish while I am here, just to have a finish, know what I mean?
So, this is the teachers sample of what I am making. It is made in Calico Gardens, which is stitched on calico using stump work and embroidery, in neutral colours. Like it? Before anyone who knows me asks no, I will not be including the bee, it may be cute and it is as furry as it looks, but it is all I would see and would spoil the finished pic for me, but I will be adding something else......
This is mine so far. As you can see I have made the stems with stem stitch using Perle 8 in three different colours. I always did stem stitch as it says in the books, my teacher showed me the 'proper' way, so much easier and neater. The echinasia centres are first padded with three layers of felt, each one bigger than the previous, doing it this way the top is smooth, then they are covered with french knots, more french knots in a contrasting colour still need to be added. My leaves are part done, first outlines in a back split stitch, and now I am filling in the centres using silk shading in two colours, I need to do the second colour next.
The internet here is so rubbish, I had planned to show you pics of what my classmates are doing, but it will take forever to upload them so I will have to show you next time.
BUT, before I go I just have to show you what I bought in the little town of Cockermouth three miles away.
SHOES, or rather boots as they have a side zip, are they not beautiful? They are a little brighter in reality, and the heels are trimmed with red which you can't see. Why is it I find the most beautiful shoes when I am away from home and not looking for any? These are Spanish I believe, not cheap, but not horrendously expensive either. I so love them...........
Have to go now, my class is about to start and I am being ribbed, AGAIN.....
So, from the beautiful Lake District in North West England
Linking up with Lorna @ Let's Bee Social, Kelly @ Needle'n' Thread Thursday, Sarah @ Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts, and Myra @ Finished or not Friday and who is also hosting TGIFF this week