Thursday, 14 April 2011

5 life-enhancing days

Started with a workshop on Saturday with award-winning quilter Jacquie Harvey on “Colourful Hand Quilting”. Jacquie is a warm and funny person with a very encouraging teaching style. Her tips and hints on how to use watercolour pencils ( do you have a box lurking?) to enhance whole cloth quilting were straightforward and easy to follow. Her saying of the day was “ just try it …..”

Jacqui Harvey workshop 1

She had designed the cushion cover above for our group of 16 workshop attendees, and then very generously raffled off the cushion during the workshop – I was the lucky winner , so I have it to compare my stitching to at any time. Jacquie doesn’t use a hoop or a thimble which was refreshing to know, as I struggle with both.

My piece, after continuing to stitch after the workshop is at this stage:

Jacqui Harvey workshop 4Jacqui Harvey workshop 3

A gratifying result for someone who can’t paint or draw.

Then on to the National Theatre to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle. This was an incredible production and I’m glad I took my 13 yr old son to see it – despite the guidance that the performance was not suitable for children under 15.

And the next day off to the Gower peninsula to stay at The Kings Head in Llangennith. I love the Gower as it is unspoiled, but it does mean that when it rains, you need to make your own entertainment indoors, with reading, stitching or board games. Still we had two days of glorious sunshine,

so only a bit of stitching got done, but there was much inspirational imagery for future stitching.

1 comment:

  1. I like yours better than mine..... it looks lovely!


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