The Happy Little Stitchery had its first stitchers on Saturday, and they seemed to have a happy time!
In the morning I got into the swing of things with a select group of two, one of whom I had met at The Maltings Market, along with her friend. I taught them a bit of simple embroidery so that they could either take home an embroidered hoop picture or a needlecase.
It was good see which stitches different stitchers found easier and which they found harder, especially as I was having a group of six in the afternoon, and it allowed me to slightly alter the order in which I taught the stitches.
I did, of course, forget to get my camera out until the very end of the day, when two of my afternoon stitchers had already left, but at least I did remember in the end!
And here's some of the work produced! I have already had two of my friends pop by for a little help getting started on their next, independent projects - one to get a water-soluble line drawn on her fabric (the local shop had run out of pens) and one for a suggestion of what to do next!
Next came a bit of bunny making. The sleeves from a beautifully soft but somewhat shrunken cashmere jumper, four 'Sarah Moore Home' bunny outlines, a bit of sewing, snipping and stuffing (plus a wee bit of embroidery, but that doesn't fit my alliterative theme)...
Next, I decided to have a go at designing my own simple patchwork block. I wanted something fairly straightforward that would be good for teaching to those who want to learn to use a sewing machine. I used some scrap-booking papers and fiddled around till I got what I wanted...
Then selected some scraps of (mostly) vintage fabric and stitched away...
A bit of further embellishment and this is what I had...
Although it was originally intended as a cushion cover, I found an empty frame, not quite the right size, but rather like this framed! Another one for my somewhat over-burdened walls!
Today I had an exciting little package in the post. My Mum had this book when I was a child and I used to try hard to learn stitches from it.
The one I could NEVER make work was the French Knot. Try as I might, it always disappeared! And so it would still be, were it not for the wonders of stitch demonstrations on YouTube! I think YouTube justifies its presence in the world simply on account of being the place where I finally found out how to get these little devils to work!
I am pleased to say that all my stitchers on Saturday mastered No. 21!
Last night, me, Miss U-t-B and her cousin (who is staying with us this half-term week) went to see 'Cuban Fury'. It was a great laugh and I came away with the salsa beat so firmly embedded in my head, feet and hips that I had to have a cocoa to calm down before bed! If you like a bit of fun (and don't mind a bit of fruity language!) do go and see it!
Lastly, I just finished reading this...
A sweet book, I really enjoyed it!