Thursday, 23 February 2017
Dean the Basset Dog became a puppy and I had a brilliant day filling in the background with soft Merino wool and adding mad colour. I think he is a very happy puppy and will look brilliant in a box frame on the wall.
We were given a kit, complete with coloured wool, needle and handle, big foam square and a wool background. It was so lovely to rock up to a sewing workshop having to bring only myself and no machine, mat, cutter, extension lead, iron and board, scissors, thread, fabric and pins. You know how it goes!
Still it has to be done from time to time. Our branch of the Irish Patchwork Society had Ailbhe O'Callaghan up from the Cork branch to teach us her technique on sewing really skinny lines. We're talking less than 1/4" for most of them.
Ailbhe gave us fabric to practice on and it took the whole morning to piece in these 3 lines! We were all concentrating really hard to get them perfect! Ailbhe is going to use all our practice pieces for a quilt which I thought was a great idea!
In the afternoon, we had a go at designing our own bigger project using lines of different colours. I went for a grid as an underlay and they added some triangles on top.
To be honest I spent the rest of the class fiddling as I couldn't make my mind up which way to go.
A giant A or maybe something that looks like a Star Trek communicator?
I was also distracted by everyone else's progress and couldn't resist wandering around the room. I just loved Claire's bright neon look.
Even her scraps were gorgeous!
That's as far as I got, 1 finished and 1 designed, kind of! I'm happy with that, every little helps, right?