Saturday, November 14, 2009

Weekend Whirl

It's been over a week since I had time to blog, so what have I been up to?  It's been a busy time, but we've had great fun.

Last weekend saw us travelling 200+ miles north to visit the York branch of the Embroiderers' Guild.  What a lovely group of ladies.  We were greeted with a lovely lunch, just perfect after our long journey, and then we got ready to give a talk about the embellisher and various techniques.  It was well received with some very interesting and observant questions, and a good prelude to the workshop the next day.  We had very comfortable accommodation courtesy of one of the members, and we owe a very big thank you to Sandra for her care and consideration.

On Sunday 16 members gathered at the university for a workshop.  They were such an enthusiastic bunch!  What lovely samples they produced, and they all seemed to enjoy it.  Of course, in one day we were only able to scratch the surface of the wonderful variety of techniques that can be used, but hopefully they are well on their way to experiment further now.  Here we are at the end of a very busy day, can you see that I wore them all out!  (That's lovely Sandra, our hostess, on the left)

Of course, Sunday was Rememberance Day, and we observed our two minutes silence.  There was a parade in the city of York, and DH was able to go off and take part in some of the ceremonies.

These occasions are always very moving, but more so this year with so many lives lost in the service of our country.

The weather was beautiful while we were away, but the journey home brought us back to earth with a bump.  Our journey was in the dark, finally arriving home in the early hours, and we hit a number of very dense fog patches.  They heralded a change in temperature and of course the rest of the week has been damp and somewhat windy at times (it's supposed to get worse later.....)  However, we returned home to lots of preparatory work....

On Thursday I recorded a DVD!  It's the first of a series, and there will be two featuring the Emebllisher.  You will be able to see more details both on my website and on that of the production company in the very near future.  I would love to show you some pictures of the experience, which was great fun and not in the least bit scary, but unfortunately the camera hasn't obliged.  Hopefully I will be able to borrow a picture from someone else, or point you towards one in the near future.  Keep your eyes peeled!  The DVD will be out before Christmas, and will be full of hints and tips.

Today we are taking it easy.  Off to visit family later, and then another DVD to plan - taking number one a bit further.  I'll be recording that in less than a month, so I need to keep on my toes.

Have a good weekend, and watch this space...


CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello from Michigan.

I truly enjoyed reading your blog and hearing about your travels around the UK. Congratulation on your DVD's and upcoming ones. I will have to keep an eye out for them.

Thanks for visiting my bloga and leaving your lovely comment about my Dorset Buttons. Yes very cool that your DH grandmother made the Dorset Buttons. Do you have any of her treasured Dorset Buttons. If so I would love to see photos of them. Have you ever made Dorset Buttons???

Hugs Judy

MagdaleneJewels said...

Great Blog - love reading about your workshops and all you learn. The pictures are beautiful. Can't wait to see your DVD. One of these days, I will learn embellishing felt - it just sounds so interesting and fun.

My wishes for your mum. How interesting that your grandmother made some Dorset buttons, hopefully you still have some treasured away.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Sounds like a busy week!