Sorry, I meant Sewing for Pleasure. The fact that it’s snowing here, and in many parts of the country, thickly, and inappropriately, forced me into a little word play. The Sewing for Pleasure and Embroidery and Fashion show is on at the NEC here in Birmingham, and I visited yesterday with my friend Hilary. It was busy, which was good, as the weather forecast was poor, but I hope the numbers are good today too, as the weather is much worse. Sorry to anyone outside the UK, but our national obsession is the weather. It is said we have weather here but not a climate, but I wonder if we are developing a climate, which is mostly very cold and often snowy in winter, [ 8 months of the year ] and mostly not that hot but almost certainly frequent torrential rain in summer [ the remaining 4 months]. We’ll see.
The show was good, with lots to see, and it was excellent to catch up with friends; much talking was done.
I had some quilts on the Bernina stand, which was organised by my local Bernina supplier, Frank Nutt. I bought my machine from Frank and Claire Nutt last year, and was thrilled to be asked to supply some pieces for the stand. Here area few poor images, you know what show lighting is like; that’s my excuse at least.
The day before we went to the show Hilary and I had met at the Bramble Patch; we delivered our work there for the Six and Friends Orientation show which starts today and runs for two weeks. We then visited Charlcote Park and house, which I have visited a few times before but was new to Hils as she resides in the North.
It’s a huge and wonderful Elizabethan house with Victorian adjustments. I love the gardens but it was very cold, so we stayed indoors on the whole, which was a poor decision as that was possibly colder. I think the house had just opened for the season and not warmed up. Here are a few images.
This, and below, is the upmarket version of a child’s playhouse. It’s not in it’s original state outside, where birds and animals were kept in cages, thankfully no longer, but it is exquisite inside. You have to peer through the windows though, they don’t let you in.
And an interestingly shaped gate on wheels. I would make a piece of work based on this entire image. I know it’s not beautiful, but I take many working images, this is one such picture; I would use the gates, pallets, tree, cobbles and gravel as well as the shapes they make, and the side of the building, in a composition.
Back soon with progress on the small Coast book and some new work.