Friday, May 29, 2015

Stitching and flowers in the garden

Some hand stitching has been going on, I am preparing for an exhibition in Lyme Regis in September.... so had better get cracking. Hand stitching does take time, but is a little more portable, and means I can snatch moments here and there amongst my caring duties.

A little later this year as it is usually in full flower by 18th May.... but always a delight, joined this year by some lovely violas I managed to get at Lechlade garden Centre.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bernina course in London

The opportunity to spend two days in London to attend the Bernina Machine course filled me with excitement. Rail tickets were booked, and the respite care too and the family were mobilised. Quite an organisation network to allow me to attend the course.

I loved it.. and learnt a lot of the nuances and tricks of the new sewing machine. I just love my Bernina 780.... amazing machine.

I am so grateful  to everyone who made it possible for me to attend. I was a bit worried about getting tickets for the tube and details like that..... but it all went very well, and I have to say the London underground staff were superb in helping me when I needed it.

The room at Bogod was light and airy, and with only 4 of us on the course we were assured of lots of individual attention.

This piece of work has featured heavily on Bernina promotional material In the past, so it was lovely to see it close at hand.
I am so pleased that I decided to travel home each night, and I think Herr Schnauzer and Mr Siamese were relieved too. On the train journey home I was able to reflect on my learning during the day and make some helpful notes to myself.
Brilliant ! 

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Now for some stitching

I was lucky enough to be able to go and see Amanda Hislops lovely exhibition at Coleshill Community Shop , it is a lovely gallery space tucked away in this National Trust Village.
I had a lovely lunch of baked beans on toast and a pot of tea, surrounded by her lovely work.
Meanwhile I have been experiencing a steep learning curve on my new Bernina, I have been creating my own designs and digitising with the dedicated software and working with quilting. I have just purchased the supreme slider for Free machine quilting and I am using it in this photo, have to say it works well, but it is expensive to buy.

This is another of my digitised designs, and then free machine quilted with stippling. Its been fun to do all this. I have signed up to go on the Bernina course in London shortly, so I hope to learn a lot of the tricks of the trade.