Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dyrham Park

Had another wonderful day with some of the grandchildren when we visited Dyrham Park near Bath. We really enjoy ourselves there, the deer in the park are a big favourite, as are the cakes in the cafe.. ......there's a surprise! The park is wonderful for getting rid of a lot of excess energy and the views of the surrounding countryside are great. The tour of the house is aways of interest and the tiles from the dairy are is always cool in there.

Here we are in the house.... enjoying a moments rest.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ta Dah... 500 the post.....results

Amongst a great deal of excitement...a family member pulled the following names from the hat for the 500th Post Giveaway :---- Congratulations to the winners .... who are:- The fabric postcard is won by quilthexle and the sample of hand dyed fabrics by Angela. Please email me your address and I will mail your goodies to you.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Frittilary Tearooms

I have just returned from sampling some wonderful tea and cake at the Fritillary tearooms in Cricklade. The cakes are home made by the Cricklade Bloomers and I had Strawberries and Cream, sponge cake.... Yummy! As you can see I was not alone, such a good choice on the menu as well. In the photos are the 5 panels of work we ( Great Western Embroiderers) created in textiles for display in the tea rooms this year. All the designs are based on the North Meadow in Cricklade.

We are delighted that Cricklade Town Council have also made a request to display the panels in the Council Offices after their time in the tearooms. The panels will also be displayed in the windows of the town council offices for 2 weeks in August, when the judging for the Britain in Bloom competition takes place. Cricklade are finalists this year and very proud they are too.

They have been made Champion of Champions a high accolade indeed. Well done Cricklade Bloomers.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Textile Tearooms

Had a great meeting of the Great Western Embroiderers yesterday. We have been working with Natural England to create pieces of work for the tearooms in Cricklade to show what a wonderful resource the North Meadow can be for the community.

The work will be on show this weekend in the tearooms and for the next 2 weekends as well. Here is a photo of one of the banners of work.. there are 4 more. If you would like to know more about the North Meadow and the fritillaries click here The fritillaries are just blooming now.. so are a wonderful sight . Do take your camera if you decide to visit. If you manage to go this weekend, then please drop into the tearooms for a cup of tea and a slice of cake and of course enjoy our pieces of stitched work.

Just to catch up, went along to the West Country Embroiderers Dorset Day last week... most enjoyable and a good talk in the afternoon about Palestinian textiles. ( Photo above is of Salisbury)

I have been working on a new piece of work, and thoroughly enjoying myself. Here is just a snippet.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

500th post giveaway

Thought it would be good to celebrate my 500th post with a couple of give aways. The first is in the photo above. One of my stitched postcards and the second is some samples of my hand dyed fabrics. They are in the photo below. If you would like have one of these.... please leave a comment for me and a name will be chosen out of the hat on 16th April 2011. I think spring has finally arrived too, the garden is starting to wake up and the flowers are looking truly wonderful.
I washed out all my space dyeing and shibori yesterday evening, and by time I was ready to hang the pieces on the line to dry , it was dark! At least the neighbours could not see me.

Fortunately we had no rain overnight, and so this morning I bought the dyed pieces in and ironed them. I have to say I am very pleased with them.