A large group of us met on Saturday to make mirrors with Fay. Fay arrived with lots of lovely fabrics and kits for those who wanted them.
We learnt about 'slips', small embroidered flowers, butterflies, toadstools etc that were stitched onto cushions and bedpsreads in elizabethan times. And we learnt to do Dorset buttons.
There was lots of chat and laughs.
|Even Marco the PAT testing man was waiting in anticipation!|
So we set to work
Louise worked on a 'slip' of a butterfly
Dorset buttons take on the identity of flowers
and have a wonderful 3D quality similar to stump work
Examples of work in progress, all very individual
|Good demonstration of how the 2 pieces of blanket felt support the Dorset button|
|Jean chose to work on a purse rather than a mirror, still following the same principle|
|Lots of examples of work in progress with the aim of completion for the next lecture|
A really relaxing workshop today. Hand embroidery allows you to work and learn whilst still being able to talk with friends as there is no interruption of sewing machines or embellishers.
Hopefully ladies, you will bring your finished mirrors/purse, to the next lecture. Even if they are unfinished I hope you will bring them for everyone to see
Louise finished her slip as you can see here - pretty as a picture