This course was arranged by the Barnstaple group of the West Country Embroiderers. We had plenty of space and good lighting in a really lovely village Methodist church.
Maria and I spent the first day wandering around the shops in Barnstaple and found the most amazing sewing/craft shop which just seemed to go on and on, but the best part was that the prices were just such good value. We hit the charity shops and found some good sewing bargains, stopped at a Fair Trade shop and bought some wonderful indian wood blocks and finished up at the famous Barnstaple Pannier Market - fascinating and a really good craft stall. This trip was fuelled with a lovely lunch at The Gallery Cafe, part of the Barnstaple Theatre.
Onward to our Bed and Breakfast at Lower Yelland Farm, http://www.loweryellandfarm.co.uk/index.html Such a friendly host and on arrival we had the surprise that we had both been upgraded to a double room each - bliss, loads of space. Everything was clean and bright and breakfasts were great, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Our fellow guests were very friendly and chatty and we met a super couple from Sweden and trying to explain machine embroidery to them both was quite amusing.
Well on to the course; Alison Holt is a wonderful person, talented embroiderer and such a patient and clear tutor. She explains everything so well and her pointers on colour theory are the best I've ever encountered.
We selected our photos, traced onto silk, outlined with gutta, painted with silk paints and then stitched. Our theme, Rivers and Waterfalls - photos follow:
Whilst we were away, the weather was absolutely wonderful - warm, sunny and dry, the only downside being the sea mist that crept in with the tides. As the course finished at 4 each afternoon, we had plenty of time to explore and eat ice cream!!
And every day was finished off perfectly with a lovely meal out and then back to base for a glass of wine and some more stitching on our crazy patchwork together.
Yesterday is but today's memory
and tomorrow is today's dream