Friday, 10 July 2009

Brooches and summer school

I am rather hooked on making these little brooches at the minute. This one is Queen Elizabeth 1st. I can do the machine embroidery during the day then sit and stitch all the beads on in the evening. The head is also hand stitching. It would make a good workshop so if anyone is interested let me know. Off to mums for the weekend then a 'bowls' talk at Dorking Embroiderers Guild on Monday morning. Have to get everything ready next week for the Marlborough College Summer Schools felt making courses. Two weeks of good food ,singing, dancing and entertainment. Can not wait!!!!

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Marions Bowl!

What a thrill for me on arriving at Marlborough Guild on Monday to see this bowl produced by one of my Students at my workshop. This was Marions own design and although she hadn't finished it on the day she had done enough to take it home and finish it off. The Butterflies are gorgeous. I am always so proud when I see a finished piece that someone has made from either the instructions in my book or a workshop. Keep the pictures coming Girls!!!!!

Sunday, 5 July 2009


I spent yesterday teaching silk bowls to a lovely group of ladies at Broughton Gifford. It always amazes me that people are game to do a workshop that they know very little about and that is well out of their usual comfort zone. They all worked with gusto and once we had overcome several temperamental sewing machines, had reached the stage by the end of the day, where they could finish their bowls off at home. It seems to me that some of the more advanced all sing all dancing sewing machines like to be in control rather than let the user do free stitching. We did manage to get all but one to co-operate so one student finished up using my Bernina machine.