Sewing For Pleasure show continued
This piece by Christine Hudson was part of the Madeira Embroidery competition stand on a theme of Best of Blighty. Christine's notes explain her inspiration. I'm only sad I didn't read them properly as she invited you to explore the pieces and I would have loved to have turned the pieces over and handled them.
I was pleased to see some of the costumes from Downton Abbey at the Sewing for Pleasure Show.
I think the costume nearest to you was worn by the character Lady Sybil.
Isn't the detail beautiful? I love the swirls on the sleeve.
These postcards are part of a much larger display of work by West Country Embroiderers. Hopefully if you click on the image you will be able to see more detail.
After the enjoyment of the Shows at the NEC I had a lovely day out in Lincoln with two blogging friends. It was a gloriously sunny day last Tuesday and we were sure to make the most of it. My DH travelled on the bus with me but went off to do his own thing and use the opportunity to gather photographs for his collection.
You may recognise Maggi and Linda from their blogs (image courtesy of DH). Both these ladies are wonderful company and we had a lot of fun. Our first port of call was Harding House Gallery on Steep Hill which is run by a cooperative of artists who sell their works and also man the gallery and often work there too. There is so much beautiful work in the gallery from textiles to pottery, to jewellery, to paintings and upstairs is an exhibition space which this visit housed an exhibiton by Doreen Hallett, an accomplished quilter. If you click the link you will be able to view her work rather than having to rely on my probably blurry images.
From the gallery we wandered slowly up Steep Hill, well you have to wander slowly, it's very steep and there are chocolate shops to distract you along the way :-) (of course we succumbed! Well, you have to don't you?)
So much beautiful colour in the blossom part way up the hill.
After a relaxed lunch in a pub garden enjoying the sunshine we took a walk to Lincoln's wonderful cathedral and were all inspired by the stunning stonework on the outside of the building which have been cleaned and repaired.
While we were inside the Cathedral visiting the shop the sun set up a beautiful colour show on the columns cast by the stained glass. A beautiful way to bring our time together to a close. Sadly I can't show you the gorgeous chocolate that we bought at the chocolaterie as I've eaten it! lol
Thank you Linda and Maggi for a great day out. I really enjoyed myself and I loved the threads you gave me Maggi. I will enjoy dyeing them. My DH had a good day too and is only now uploading his photos as he has been without a computer for two weeks. He has gone over to the 'other side' and bought a Mac to replace his PC but the learning curve is very steep (a bit like Steep Hill) and we are having many pauses as we toil up it. DH's son came round last night and gave him a crash course in iPhoto and we are slowly finding our way round that but progress is slow.