It feels like a very warm group of friends.
What a fabulous first year we have had - the group has grown in numbers and expertise we are so delighted. Well done everyone. Members are bringing in new ideas and projects which we will be able to explore in 2016. Thank you all so much for taking part with such enthusiasm. I have wanted to set up a group just for Embroidery Machines for so long, but without Ann I could not have done it. So thank you Ann for everything.
It feels like a very warm group of friends.
Ann described our workshop day with Linda Bowyer of Eastleigh Sewing Machines, which was a very useful day, and it was a pity that people were unable to come. Although Linda has asked for a longer day, in fact we did finish at 3.00 which was fortunate as Linda and Steve were off to the Cotswolds, and I was off to Dorset for the start of our holiday.
Ann and I became students for the day, and took our machines too, and sat like good girls in the back row behaving ourselves. I hadn't stitched out Fluffy designs before so that was fun, and it was interesting to see some of the stabilisers Linda had bought with her. Although I had talked to you all, the month previously about stabilisers, she had others.
I returned from two weeks away, partly in Dorset, and mainly in Newquay. Our first attempt at taking part in a Rally (with our caravan). We had a great time, although the wind was perishing. Met some lovely people, and returned again to Heligan, such a lovely place. Would love to work in the gardens there.
Kept my Journal going throughout, so not only photographs, but words and sketches to remind me, as we do forget..
See you all on the 27th.
What a brilliant day we had in our new venue at Southbourne Village Hall. Stress free parking and a very capable and helpful Jim to assist with tables and other information regarding the hall.
We had two visitors, Mary's sister from Devon and Ann from Horsham. Marion has written saying how much she enjoyed the day.
I think that next session we need to look at Hooping correctly, and we shall also look at Applique' in the hoop.
Well this is a bit late, but life has been a bit hectic. A snowy drive back from Norfolk at the weekend, where I was verifying some very good students work. Back home, and teaching tuesday, and trying to keep up with stitching and ideas for our next sessions.
Our January meeting went very well, and our Machine Dust covers will look really good, and I look forward to seeing them at the next meeting.
I have included a photo of mine in the gallery, with the Project for February, which is a Machine Apron for all your bits and pieces that seem to disappear as soon as you put them down.
First we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Stitchy Year that you will enjoy.
The Project details for 24th January are in the Project Section, and you will find it practical but pretty.
With a sister project which will accompany it next time.
I had a lovely christmas, with family most days, so lots of cooking which I thoroughly enjoyed, now back to the diet. Poor Ann has had a miserable time with family and herself not well. So we shall have to cheer her up.
This time of year is always grey and dreer, but it does give us time indoors to stitch and not be distracted by gardening, or lying in the sunshine. Looking forward to seeing you all on the 24th.
What a wonderful day we had.
We had such a good day on saturday, everyone achieved and everyone is learning something new about their machines. I am really proud of you girls. Well done.
I have put some pictures in the gallery too. January's project is going to be useful........ Have a lovely christmas, and enjoy your friends and family, then we can get back to our stitching.
Well, we are on the final countdown to Christmas and we all have these grand ideas for things that we are going to make as presents for our nearest and dearest - don't we ......
I'm in the process of making a floor mat for my new grand daughter. I've been working on it for several weeks now ...... well, its huge, at least 30 inches square so it takes ages and ages, doesn't it? I'm going to machine embroider animals and birds on it, hopefully, and then, of course, I'm going to embroider cards for special recipients, and I'm going to make special Christmas placemats for the table. I shall also have to make loads and loads of the tree decorations that we are doing for our project this month.
We visited the Knit and Stitch Show yesterday, at Alexandra Palace. Another good show - of course we came away having spent more than we intended. Some of us came away with fabric to make fantastic dresses, some of us came away with iron on wadding by the metre, and some of us raffle prizes, plus fatigue.
However again a good show, and it was great to see old friends on their stalls.
Janome were busy demonstrating and selling machines, so had a chat with the girls. Asked Jayne Brogan if she would come and do something exciting for us next year (she is the southern area Regional Sales and Education Manager, for Janome), Yes she said of course, would love to come.
Ann and I have been busy preparing for Saturday 1st November. Hope you are all ready and willing. Looks like we may have some new members.
From the sound of things you all seem to be enjoying getting together an sharing ideas and knowledge, we are enjoying it too.
I am off for a few days respite so hope the weather is kind, although himself won't let me take the machine in case it rains!!