Everything was ready for my all day class. The sewing machine had been unhooked from my sewing cabinet and packed away in the case – remembering to put in the foot control and the power cord. I’d gathered together my embroidered doily, various pieces of fabric, batting, calico, threads, pins, scissors, Vilene – did I remember everything? Needed to take my cutting board and rulers too.
Arriving at the hall I soon claimed a space, set up my sewing machine, and cluttered up the table with all my bits and pieces. Griet Lombard, our tutor was laying out her samples in the front of the room. The class was all about using doilies and vintage linen and Griet had the most amazing examples to show us.
After some words of wisdom from the tutor we were all keen to get started. One lady had brought along her Mum’s wedding gown to cut up and use, but the advice was to do a practice block or two before cutting up such a treasure. I needed a little help to get started, and had planned to use this doily, with the added stitched words, on the front of a bag. But no, you just can't plonk it right in the middle, I was told, it needs to be off centre. Oh dear – I “don’t do” asymmetrical! But perhaps this once I will give it a try – after all, we were being shown the ropes by an amazing tutor.
So I had a change of plan, and with a little help, came up with a different idea. How about a leafy branch and a bird up here, and arrange the doily artistically in the lower corner? By the time I arrived back home, all I had to show for my day out sewing was this. But the plan is to work away diligently on my bag, otherwise it will get put away and join the ranks of UFOs already in residence in my sewing room.
Most of the ladies were doing much smaller blocks, using doilies, lace, and parts of embroidered linen. Maureen decided to add one of our tutor’s signature birds too, and there is a block with another version of the bird pinned up on the wall behind her.
The day ended, and we all packed up, locked up the hall and headed home. I’m sure the others were just like me with their heads spinning with ideas and just raring to continue stitching. It was a great class with a wonderful sharing tutor and good company.