Thursday, 21 August 2008

Belstead House - 15th to 17th August 2008

Summer School with the Embroiders Guild, Sharne and I were lucky enough to get a place on Gwen Headley's workshop, neither of us had a clue what we were going to be doing, thought it might be something to do with linking objects together but how this was going to be done remained a puzzle! So we packed to cover every eventuality, all the essentials, beads, threads, odd bits of memorabilia, papers, etc and of course the tooth brush......

Belstead is a wonderful place, I can imagine Miss Elizabeth Bennett having lived in a house similar to this. There is a lovely atmosphere about the place, there is calmness and serenity, it is a beautiful old building with rambling roses creeping around the arched gates, you are removed from real life, no need to worry about cooking or work or cleaning you just get on doing what you do best and in my case that is most definitely sewing.

What did Gwen have in store for us? Well, it could not have been more perfect for me, cutting up perfectly good pieces of material and sewing them back together to create a rhythmic organic background. This was achieved by slicing stitched pieces at an angle and sliding them up or down the cut edge until a pleasing line was found and then topstitching them back in place.

Pockets were then made to place our special memories in, objects were caught down with weaving, holes were cut to hang beads and stones in, the options we were given were many and varied.

I returned home happy, bursting with ideas to do, a perfectly perfect weekend.

Belstead House back garden Elizabeth's Gate? My piece based on New Zealand