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  1. So I arrived in Rugby for teatime on Friday with a car full of equipment for our classes in September. Nikki had already been working hard on our stand for two days so all I had to do was pick her up on Satuday morning and walk onto the stand which was looking fabulous:

    RSN stand Quilts 2011- Sarah    RSN stand Quilts 2011

    We had lots of interest and it was great to meet some Rugby students from our taster classes and first Intensive CC course, and I think we have some sign ups for september and day classes which is great! If you haven't been to this show, there are hundreds of competition quilts on display organised into various categories. These were a few of my favourites:

    Quilted doll     Folk costume dolls    Hare quilt

    Quilted Doll, folk costume dolls, Hare quilt

    There was some amazing work on display and it was great to see so much creative work going on. It made me want to rush home and make one of my own, but perhaps I should make one for the 'Miniature Quilts' category first! This one must have been the smallest in the show at and inch square:

    Inchie quilt

    Packing up the stand was interesting, we had to get a 5 metre stand into my Ford hatchback! There was just enough room to squeeze Nikki in the front seat...

    NEC car packing

  2. Well, it's been a busy few weeks so I'll probably run through the events one at a time!

    Well done to all on the intensive Certificate course with me at Hampton Court Palace recently. It's called intensive for a reason as can be seen by the plasters on the fingers of Nuria and Victoria...

    Nuria     Victoria

    The class hard at work mounting...

    CC Class, August 2011

    It was then a mad dash (for me!) up to Birmingham...

  3. I love learning process and let's face it there is always something new to learn! I spent several months travelling around India and Asia some years ago now, and ever since then I have loved the bright colours, gold, beads, sequins and mirrors that adorn much Indian embroidery. I am currently looking into this further and decided to try and teach myself some new stitches. Here are some samples of my effforts...

    The first is Kutch stitch which involves working a herringbone type structure then weaving another thread in and out of this. I tried some simples ones first then jumped straight into something a bit more complicated!:

    Kutch stitch

          Kutch Stitch 2

    I think technically you are supposed to weave around the whole grid with one thread without taking it to the back. I think my first attempt may have been a bit ambitious but I think I have gotten away with it!

    The other stitch is herringbone circles:

    Herringbone circles

    This stitch was taught to me by embroiderer Surjeet Hussain, a few years ago now when I spent a day with her as part of my apprenticeship training. As well as embroidery, she paints miniature paintings and is also a musician. I was very humbled by her many talents. Like I said, always something new to learn.

    You can see some shisha mirrors in the background, more on these later!   

  4. This is the next offering from my peg doll kit collection...embroider your own! This one escaped into the garden before I could stop her, I found her taking a walk amongst the flowers...

    Peggy in the garden      Pansy Peggie

    The kits will include everything you need to make this little doll including printed cotton fabric, Zweigart 25ct fabric, embroidery threads, felt, pipecleaner, waterslide decal face, beads and sequins and full instructions. They are suitable for beginners and are available in various colour ways from my shop.

  5. So, in case you hadn't heard, Kates dress goes on display today at Buckingham Palace (you can see it and the state rooms of BP for a whopping £17.50!). Still not sure how much you will be able to see as you don't seem to be able to get very close, but it does look stunning in a rather exceptional setting:

    Kates dress on display     Kates shoes

    Apparently the Queen was heard to say she thought the lack of a head was spooky (images of the invisible man does spring to mind!) and she does in fact use the words horrid and horrible (it's at this point I feel very sorry for the person responsible for the mannequin)! You can see her doing just that here: http://www.itv.com/news/queen-dress-shock58716/

    Poor Kate, she obviously has to behave but it led me to wonder what she would really like to have said...

    Queen and Kate

    I will let you add your own caption!!!