The Bionic Woman

That’s me ! And that’s why I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks – I have been in hospital having a total knee replacement. I wasn’t expecting it to be a walk in the park (if only I could !), but boy, has it been painful ! Anyway, I am now walking with two sticks and managing to do most things apart from sleep. I haven’t had more than a couple of hours consecutive sleep for three weeks now – good job I was already used to getting very little sleep I suppose. I haven’t really been out, so I’m getting plenty of stitching and reading done, so that’s a plus – the only one !

Right, enough moaning, let’s have a look at what I was getting up to before the op. So, I had a day out in Nottingham at the Museum of Computer Games ( yes, it really does exist !). Mark, my friend who I help care for, wanted to go there, but thankfully Tom came along to help as Mark was shocked when I didn’t even know how to play Tetris !

 

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The group who are making the piece of work for the New Library still meet once a week at my studio. The piece we have been working on for over 2 years now is almost complete – I won’t put any pictures on here until the launch, although here’s a little sneak preview of some of the people involved in making it ….

 

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….. I’ve just finished making Beckie too, complete with a plate of chocolate roulade !

 

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So, the group are now able to start other projects for the first time in a while ! Kev came for the day to teach us ‘Print and Stitch’ ….

 

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Over at the Fabbadashery I ran a day teaching my Goldwork Christmas Tree. This is a lovely course – it is ideal for beginners as you are able to learn lots of different techniques, and also for those with more experience as it allows for creativity in the design and execution.

 

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Lots of trees ! Almost a forest ! I have also received an email from Em who attended the Stumpwork Flower course, sending me a photo of her beautiful completed flower ….

 

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… gorgeous colour !

Joan came over from Holmfirth, and Karen all the way from Shropshire, to learn how to make applique pictures. We also worked using stitch on top of a photo printed onto fabric.

 

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Joan also completed a fabulous bag she had started at a previous session, rug hooking with strips of velvet ….

 

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I held another applique day for another regular group of girls, this time the theme was Christmas …..

 

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Janet and Justine came to the studio for a day of hand-stitching/machine-stitching/rag-rugging !

Janet started working on a hooked design of an Indian elephant …

 

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This design allows lots of scope for using bright and glitzy fabrics, and possibly adding tassels and some shisha glass embroidery on top of the hooking.

Justine made a lovely cushion out of my Yorkshire wool fabrics …..

 

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She also started work on a Jacobean crewelwork design. She brought with her some of the pieces she has been working on at home, they are just stunning ! ….

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I had a lovely day with Lindsay and Mary at the studio. They wanted to learn how to do ‘Wool on Wool Applique’, and to use it to decorate a hessian bag. The finished results were fabulous – I think I’ll run a day course on this next year.

 

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Some lucky people will be getting these in their Christmas stockings !

 

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So, to a course I have been looking forward to running all year – Rag Dolls !! The course booked up before we even advertised it, so there is another one planned for the new year (contact The Fabbadashery). I love dolls and have far too many of them for a grown-up. Some are made by me, some by my Mum, and others from a variety of sources. The doll we made for this course was completely hand-stitched, but as you will see from the pictures they were completed within the six hour session.

 

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… aren’t they just gorgeous ?!

So, the final session I managed to squeeze in before my knee job was a felt Christmas decoration day with Mel and her crew from Hull. As usual, they managed to achieve a lot in the course of the day !

 

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And finally, just to make you envious, here is a picture of one of Beckie’s plum frangipane tarts which she made for this course – she does all the cooking for the sessions at the studio, clever girl !

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