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#Hounds for Huntington’s Crafternoon Tea

I have finalised the plans for the crafternoon tea session now, so here are all the details ….



….. I have just realised that my niece missed the final number 7 off my telephone number – she’s fired, again.

So, quite a catch-up to do today, starting with a day of Zendoodlestitch at the shop …..




Sally and Toni did some lovely work, as usual.

The following week I had my ‘leaving do’ for the Arts Council funded Halifax project. It isn’t really a leaving do as we are going to be continuing to meet at my studio. The project is almost completed but we need to be sure of the size of the display box it will be going in before we can finish it.




… a few of the textile group at my leaving lunch !

The following day I was back at the shop running a Canvaswork course. I suggested people could make a sampler. needlecase or pincushion, these three people opted for samplers – a good way to learn lots of stitches and experiment with patterns.




As usual, Ella makes sure everyone is kept supplied with tea and cake !




Back at my new studio, three of my regular girls wanted to continue learning stumpwork, and one worked on an applique panel ….






I love Sharon’s beehive, complete with bees, and Maxine’s stumpwork mushroom is amazing ! ……




Jackie was also working a traditional stumpwork design, but chose non-traditional colours to give it a modern twist …




Carol’s applique is looking great already – lots of progress made in one day !…..




Max visited again the week after with daughter Lily – as usual she kept me very busy all day , managing to complete a stand for her I-pad, and a patchwork pouffe !……






Another regular bunch of girls, Mel and her crew from Hull, came for a day at the studio. They had chosen to do ‘Wool on Wool Applique’, also known as ‘Penny Rugs’ – even though the items made are not usually rugs. I got my lovely selection of delicious Yorkshire wool fabrics out for them to use, and they put them to good use …….








My ‘Quilt As You Go’ course was recently featured in ‘Homemaker’ magazine, see below,



The course was fully booked, as usual, so Chrissy has put another date on during the summer. There has been a lot of interest in this course recently, partly due to my bag featuring on a blog entitled ‘Thimberlina’. The lady who writes the blog is a paramedic who was called to someone at the shop recently. She hadn’t realised the shop was there prior to her work related visit, but loved it so much she has since visited a couple of times and it has been the subject of a few of her blog entries. Everyone wants to know how to make my Quilt As You Go sewing bag !

Here are some of the results of the day course ….








The following day a group of girls from Tadcaster, plus a couple of Halifax girls, came for a day course at the studio, they chose to do the ‘Proddy Flowers’ course – creating flowers out of wool fabric using a rag rugging technique.








My niece, Hannah, came to help, which was very kind as she should really have been delivering lambs on the family farm at Shelf !




So, bringing this more or less up to date – last Saturday I ran a ‘Create a Yorkshire Landscape in Fabric and Stitch’ day. This was a fabulous success – great results from everyone who attended. The design sources were photos of Yorkshire which most people used as their inspiration, plus Joanna chose trees, and Nicola chose a very colourful bird, not resident in Yorkshire as far as I’m aware ! Most of the designs pictured are still to have the stitching worked on top of the applique.











And finally, winning this week’s award for the furthest travelled – Karen travelled all the way from Shropshire for the day just to come on a course with Mum Joan and sister Anna. Joan started working on a velvet bag in rug hooking, while Karen and Anna decided to do Quilt As You Go.







Hannah came to help again, and brought her friend Ruth with her. We decided to take a selfie – I’ve never done a selfie before – what a sheltered life I’ve had !!


Won’t leave it as long before I post my next blog !!