Saturday, 23 August 2008

Octopus Play Day

I woke up to sunshine - today was going to be a good day, we could eat outside, so out came the under used deck chairs, cob webs removed and I was ready for the girls to arrive.

In came six sewing machines accompanied by Gill (the ring leader), Liz, Noella, Sue and Lynda and Linda, we were meant to be getting straight down to business, but Noella had made some wonderful beaded brooch people that we all wanted to know how to make (forgot to take a photo of these, so hopefully she will forward me one or two so that I can show you what I am talking about).

Today was going to be a busy day as we had planned to make a Stitch to Paint - Ploughed FieldPloughed Field Hanging. The girls had already dyed their fabrics so it was straight into ripping it apart to sew it back together again. First of all they carefully constructed the sky, very beautiful shades of blue, with a sliver of yellow for the sun, they were not happy when I said that these were then to be dyed black. Due to the time constraints I decided to use the All in One dyes, and these worked really well, three minutes in the microwave and we had black skies that were ready for bleaching!

Lynda with the bleachLiz - this will be done!

Lunch time arrived and Mark's head appeared over the fence (Long suffering Marklong suffering next door neighbour) he wanted to know what we Gill managed to avoid all other photos!were up to - think he could smell the food and it was just an excuse! so he bravely joined seven nattering women for lunch - that shows he was either very hungry or perhaps my cooking isn't that bad!

Lunch done and it was time to get on with the job in hand and get the hangings all stitched together and the lines of design transferred on to the fabric ready for painting. The day seemed to be going far too quick, probably too much talking and laughing. By 4pm most of the stitching was done, but had run out of time to do the painting, so rather than rushing it we decided that we would reconvene to complete our mater pieces Tuesday week.

Noella, was that the good side?!Marking work ready to stitchSue - thought this was meant to be fun!!!! Linda concentrating Lynda going for it! This is as far as we got......

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