Today was the final Sew Wot get-together for the year and we had a nice lunch out at a local cafe to celebrate. It was a full house, with the nine Sew Wot ladies turning up for our Christmas lunch, dressed up in our glad rags. Mary looked particularly charming in her blue patchwork skirt with a handkerchief hem. This pretty flowing skirt was a gift from her daughter.
Then we got down to the serious business of choosing lunch from the menu – always a bit of a trial for me. Procrastination is my middle name - what to have? Pork Belly Open sandwich sounded just right, and others chose burgers, fish, and chicken. The food was beautifully presented, and very tasty, and we were all pleased with our meals.
Our challenge for Christmas was to make a toilet bag for our nominated (secret) Sew Wot person, any colour, size, shape and fastening. It should contain some appliqué or embroidery, and include a traditional block. One by one the parcels were handed out and opened. What a lovely array of styles, colours and shapes, all so pretty and functional too. There were a few little surprises tucked away inside too. Carol’s bag, made by Helen, was stuffed full of sweets and chocolates! And Pam’s pretty striped Geisha Girl bag, stitched by Moira, came with a rather fetching pink shower cap.
The gift giving didn’t stop there. Heather B, with help from her grand-daughter Naomi, had made ever everyone a Christmas tree decoration, with our names spelt out in the beaded tail. Aren’t they pretty!
Then we asked one of the friendly staff to take our photo outside in the garden centre – sorry it is a little dark against the bright sunlight. It was a lovely morning, and we all had a great time, eating, chatting, and swapping gifts. Our regular two weekly stitching mornings now take a break and resume again in early February.
Nine happy Sew Wot ladies