The Crafty Owl Studio shop and courses are up and running again.  All sessions are run in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.

From Harrow, Hull and Halifax …..

….. to misquote the ancient saying ! The original version – ‘From Hell, Hull and Halifax, Good Lord Deliver Us’, is from a poem written by John Taylor in 1622, ‘The Beggars’ Litany’. It relates to the fact that all three places were best avoided if possible – Hell, for obvious reasons, Hull, for its notorious Gaol, and Halifax because if you were caught stealing goods to the value of 13 and a half pence or more you were sent to the Gibbet, an early guillotine, and decapitated.

The Gibbet ( or rather a replica) is still present in Halifax, at the bottom of Gibbet Street, the original blade is in Bankfield Museum. I’m not sure whether the law still applies !

Anyway, I digress ! Harrow, Hull and Halifax are the three places people have travelled from to attend my classes this week. Two ladies from Halifax came to my house to learn rag rugging, I forgot to take a photo but hopefully they might send me a picture when they finish their rugs.

Frances from Harrow had a 500 mile round trip to come and attend our ‘Quilt As You Go’ workshop at the shop on Saturday.


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We were very flattered that she had come all that way to see us, she enjoyed the session and promised she’d come again !

The rest of the group had fun too, here are some photos of the workshop ….


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….. I’m not sure what these are going to be made into once they’re completed, but I’ll ¬†show you what I’ve made with my own Quilt As You Go panels this week ……..


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…. it’s a needlecase for a friends birthday, hope she doesn’t see this blog !

The afternoon session was ‘Crazy Creatures’, here are a couple of them, still works in progress …


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So, last, but certainly not least, Hull !!! Four of my favourite ladies came over for the day from Hull on Sunday. We had a great day, lots of laughs – even when my oven broke half-way through cooking lunch ! Still, at least it wasn’t anything important, like my kettle, or sewing machine ! Tom came to the rescue and took the food to his house, cooked it, and he and Beckie brought it back for us. Crisis over !

Here’s what we got up to …..


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…. I forgot to say it was a Crazy Patchwork course, but I think you’ve probably worked that out !

Janet emailed a picture of her completed cushion later that evening, and also the Goldwork project she started last time they visited …


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… lovely ! Come back soon girls !!