Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Well I am making progress-slowly. I doubt I’ll finish completely but at least we’re well on the way. I've finished the appliqued cross and kept the flower red in the centre but there is a lot less gold work as it needs to be supple unlike the burse.

                                                                 Finished cross for veil.

I've managed to turn back the hem of the veil and partially catch it down and cut and pin the lining for it which will be slip stitched on. So it really is almost there - I just hate making up whether it's knitting or sewing. It's that last thing and I've already skipped on to the next idea - fatal. I need to be disciplined (I can hear Mum's voice in my head as I speak 'If a job's worth doing......................'..)

Burse and Veil together

The thing is that we are going away this weekend to Northumberland for a whole fortnight’s R& R. I have to pack clothes, embroidery stuff, fishing stuff, dog stuff. We do actually leave the kitchen sink behind – reluctantly. I shall be taking sketch book and another half finished project to complete while we are there - a pair of canvas work slippers for Mark, my patient, lovely husband.

I’ve had these so long that I don’t even know if they can be made up by the firm who made the kit - yep still digging out those kits! However, there is a wonderful cobbler in Settle and when I asked Daniel if he could make them up when completed he said ‘You can make them up yourself here.’ Hey, a whole new career opening up – embroidered shoes! Très 18th century.

So I am getting on with clearing the decks. I shall come back to a pile of making up and then the cupboard will be clear and I can start the Advanced Goldwork for the RSN Diploma with Tracy  Franklin in September free of baggage!

Just as a slight aside, got a new camera this weekend so I can do my own shots for this blog and not have to rely on others (Mark). So here is one I did earlier for my sister……

Goldwork Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee was for her, not the photograph. I don't think photography is the second career!

PS Does anybody know where you can get decent deep frames off the shelf at a reasonable price that will accommodate raised embroidery? Ikea? Do let me know.

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