December Blog

Our lives have changed dramatically and indeed continue to change almost daily. I have just read the November Blog I posted - while we had come to accept that the pandemic was going to last far longer than originally thought we didn't dream that second lockdown would be imposed and then back into areas of increased vigilance.


As with all things, there have been some really interesting and worthwhile outcomes;  in the summer it was our little garden, being able to meet up with friends in the outdoors and even hold some small classes. Now in the Winter the rules are strict, meeting in homes or even private gardens are not allowed but we are all getting used to the new forms of communication and the telephone for friends who aren't confident with Zoom, FaceTime and the like.

In the last Blog, I mentioned the first of the Needlepoint Forum planned;  each one had a general catch up followed by a particular theme - they were 'Christmas', 'Borders & Backgrounds' and last week 'Lettering' 
  
The Christmas event was a great opportunity for people to share their own designs and what a lovely selection we were able to show from Tree ornaments and Stockings to stunning Tree Skirts;  by some detail as to the story behind the piece was given. 

Borders have always fascinated me, students have chosen designs because of its border;  again a wide selection was shown, simple to ultra-wide, how using two borders, one directly around the design and a second further out enables two different stitches to be worked and how to use mounts when not enough space for a stitched border! 

Personally, I consider presents, however small with an initial on to be so special;  so, during the Lettering session we looked at spec cases and kindle covers, wedding kneelers, nautical flags for sailing friends, samplers and much more. I have just done a collection of Custom Initials in vibrant colours, 'Mexican Fiesta' and 'Oranges & Lemons'.     There will be a custom chart of your initial, crewel wools and a highlight of overdyed cottons on a 14 mesh canvas with instructions and charts.   Should you be interested in my other designs good for personalising - and often suitable for using your own threads, do let me know.

For now, have a wonderful holiday period, hopefully, spend some time with family and enjoy your stitching, keep well, keep safe.  

After Christmas we shall have to see how plans go and what we are allowed to do;  let's keep in touch.

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