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Rocky Horror and a Mini-Mayor !


I haven’t had many courses over the holiday, so here’s a run down of a few of the other things which have been happening in my life !

One recent Christmas tradition is a party for my friend Mark. Last year he wanted a ‘Sing along a Sound of Music’ themed party, which was fun. This year, however he wanted a ‘Sing along a Rocky Horror Show’ themed party !!




Wow ! Everyone else had silly wigs on, but they decided that I looked silly enough with my own hair ! L to R on the pic are my niece Hannah, Mark’s sister Jackie, me, my Mum (!) and Mark seated. I think my parents are still trying to get over the event – Dad didn’t understand the plot of the film (!).

Mark’s dog Sybil always gets into the party spirit, here she is in a couple of her Christmas outfits ….






…. she is such a patient dog !! Jackie made about 30 mini Sybil’s to give at Christmas, she is now making a whole load more to raise money for Huntington’s Disease ……


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My friend Janet has also been busy and made this lovely cushion for a friend ….




…. very smart !

I have been busy too, I have been stitching some of the sample pieces for forthcoming courses at home and at The Fabbadashery. The course to make this Indian elephant in Shisha work and hand embroidery is already fully booked at the shop so I think another date will be going up soon !


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Kev and I are running a day on Chine Colle with fabric and print at the shop in a couple of weeks. He has designed this fabulous Angie Lewin style project for people to create on the day …..


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I have photographed a few of his recent prints which he is hoping to have in an exhibition …..


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Over at the Halifax New Library Textile Project we had an important visitor this week. The Mayor of Calderdale, Lisa Lambert, wanted to see what the project was about and so we had the honour of an official visit ! We were very pleased that she was interested in our work, she was very impressed with the amount and quality of work we have achieved.


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We asked her if she would like to make a little mini-mayor to be part of the project along with our other little mini-me’s, she said ‘Yes!’. So, with a bit of help from Jan, Sue, Sue, Dee, Triste, me, and everyone else we had managed to make a mini-mayor by the time she left …


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She will be proudly displayed along with the rest of the mini-me’s once the project is complete.

Over at The Fabbadashery we had our first course of 2016, Beginner’s Embroidery. As usual, we had some fab results ….


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The shop also has a piece about their courses in the current issue of Homemaker Magazine, including a picture of my Elizabethan Silk Shading and Goldwork course


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And to finish, just a couple of pics of some of my favourite Christmas pressies. The lovely Ella made me this beautiful embroidered picture which is four separate panels depicting the four seasons. I love it, I very much follow the Celtic wheel of the year and the beliefs and customs which go along with this, and this piece of work is in keeping with that. The Summer panel is especially beautiful.


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And my son Tom, who knows exactly what I like, and his lovely girlfriend Beckie bought me a gorgeous vintage Paddington Bear !


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I’m a lucky girl !!!