Wednesday, 13 December 2017

I can hardly believe it.....

Yes, I can hardly believe that it was September when I last wrote a post.... I am sorry that I have been absent for so long.  Although I haven't being doing a lot of writing or even a lot of stitching in my sewing room, I have had the pleasure of attending several different workshops in the last few months which I thought I would share with you.



The first was a workshop covering free machine embroidery and was held at the lovely studio of Tigley Textiles in Birlingham, Worcestershire and was run by Julie Brand who is a very talented textile artist.  We had a lovely day being shown step by step various different techniques giving you the skills to make a free machine embroidered piece of artwork.  I thoroughly enjoyed the day and came home with the finished sample you can see above.  I was very pleased with it and, I so enjoyed the day that I signed up for another of Julie's workshops there and then.



This second workshop was to create an embroidered seascape.  This time the embroidery was by hand and Julie guided us very skilfully through the design process which for me is always the hardest part of getting started on a project.  It was another extremely enjoyable day and everyone left with a framed seascape to take home. I have mine in my sewing room and I am very happy with it!



The latest workshop I have attended was not actually sewing related, although I have been to quilting classes with the same lovely ladies, Terry and Hazel of InStitches in Wokingham earlier this year.  However, this latest workshop was using quite a different material..... willow.... and the instructor was a lovely lady called Judith Needham, who guided us through making several different types of willow Christmas decorations and ornaments including a wonderful stripped willow angel.  Another lovely day with some beautiful items to take home.




As I have rather neglected my blog the last few months, I thought that it might be nice to have a Christmas giveaway to end the year on.  I have collected together a few bits and pieces from my sewing room which I will package up in a box and send to the lucky winner.  All you need to do to enter is to leave me a comment wishing me a Merry Christmas!  I will pick a winner at the end of the day (GMT) on Friday, 15th December.



Now all that remains is for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! I am expecting to have more time on my hands both for sewing and for blogging in 2018!

This giveway is now closed..... thank you! xx

18 comments:

  1. So nice to hear from you! What a lovely time you have had and beautiful creations. Merry Christmas

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  2. Hi Christine! I was wondering where you had disappeared to :)

    So lovely that you are back, and have to say the Willow Angel is gorgeous! So are the other items. Am inspired to try the angel in wire ~ wonder how that would look. :)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU & YOURS! Cx

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    1. Thank you Chrislyn! Hope you and your family all have a wonderful Christmas too! Christine xx

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  3. Lovely to see your post,you have had a creative time. Happy Christmas and a productive 2018 to you Christine.

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  4. Missed you!
    I began to think you were another lost blogger.
    Those workshops all look like fun!
    Very generous giveaway.
    Happy Christmas, and a healthy 2018!
    Nice to see you return, Christine!
    Hugs, Barbara xx

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  5. Hi Christine great to have you back and good to see you have been busy with workshops.
    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas Christine xx

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  6. Merry Christmas Christine! Good to see you back on your blog - especially love the willow work. Kay x

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    1. Thanks Kay! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year too! Christine xx

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  7. Good to see you here! I'll admit that I haven't been blogging very much lately. Enjoyed seeing your latest creations. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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  8. Oh so lovely that you are blogging again! I was already wondering ...! And what lovely projects you did. I love those stitcheries very much!But also your non sewing work is so sweet!
    Merry Christmas, Christine!
    Hugs Martina

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  9. What fun workshops--I especially love your little seascape--so cute! Your hand crafted angel, tree and stars are wonderful too. Merry Christmas--it was nice to hear from you again!

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  10. All the workshops you have been to, sound fantastic, I like how your freemotion embroidery looks a lot, and of course I want to wish you Merry Christmas! It is always nice to read your blogposts!
    KATRIN W.

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  11. I was going to wish you a Merry Christmas anyway, giveaway or not! It's nice to see that you find time to work here and there; and don't worry about posting regularly, it's something that requires lots of time and life happens! I myself have been blogging very scarcely lately (and not because I'm short of projects). Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year! Ariadna.

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  12. Ive been remiss too with the blog, too few hours in my days this year catching up with me lol
    You've had some fun workshops there, I fancy trying willow crafting but dare not try any more crafts lol I would wish you a Merry Christmas anyway and please don't put me in the giveaway ......I have too much to use up already but do hoe you have great Christmas and New Year too : )

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  13. Christine, you are so incredibly talented. Thank you for sharing all of your lovely projects with us. They are all fantastic, though I must admit your free machine embroidery is a favorite. Gorgeous work! I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas.

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  14. All of your workshop projects look amazing, but I have to say I like the wee angel the best of all. I know I'm late to the party, but I will still wish you and yours a very blessed and happy Christmas.

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  15. I love your willow work Christine. May you and yours have a lovely, fun filled Christmas xx

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    1. Thank you Lynda! Hope you and your family all have a wonderful time too! Hugs Christine x

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