While the days are getting longer, evenings lighter and the Government giving us a list of possible dates for easing our isolation and mixing with friends and relations I fear we still have some way to go. A friend said that we shall have to ‘relearn normal’ I wonder how long that will take? Not just a single visit to the hairdresser though I am sure that will help a great deal!
In my last Blog we talked about colour and how, we all have shown a strong preference for happy, cheerful shades and on the other hands' designs that can be purchased without threads so as to use one’s own left-over stash.
I should like to share some of the ideas I’ve had but I should love to hear of yours too. One important factor to remember is never to start a project without knowing someone good to make it up; recently a student told me of the best advice she ever received ‘ always discuss a new design with a trusted maker up before taking even the first stitch in the canvas’
The graduating son read music and has now moved to a flat to attend the Royal College of Music for further studies; an I-Pad cover or a small cushion leap to mind should I have time.
My son loves sailing and already they have a panel with nautical flags spelling out their name, a good idea if not already done, will have to think of something else. A tray with their boat might be possible like the Mill we used to have.
I had already started a pair of wedding kneelers for Victoria, my granddaughter and her husband so, finished they were used at their very small ceremony last September (they are now cushions) however a little present for their new home would, I hope, be appreciated.
I am toying with the idea of a ‘new home’ sampler. I have the address and a photo of the exterior (haven’t been allowed inside yet) so, with a V&J monogram and a terraced row of houses as a border, I hope it will work and give them pleasure.
Gina leaving school with no traditional celebrations still lives at home so a pretty cushion – there is a n
ew one with a thread ‘Apple blossom’ – I see Gina a pink and green girl so after checking her bedroom’s scheme that would be a good choice or a tote bag to carry her college belongings might be more useful.Scallops, new design available in 3 colourways.
Another friend worked a tote bag for a granddaughter, however, the problem is the other granddaughters want one too. Alternately ‘Love ‘– a kit might fit the bill for any event
Do these examples give you ideas? Events that would normally be celebrated, new babies visited and admired, wedding ceremonies with close friends all around; transfer from school to college with all the popular prom parties and special dresses or moving to a new home with friends helping, visiting and admiring; doing all these things are so much more special if friends and relations can help and be involved.
I should love to hear from you and do remember that at the end of this horrible period I hope to have an exhibition of needlepoint done during the period so do please send me photos or descriptions of your work so it can be included.