Yesterday was the first official meeting of the stitching group I have organised. I was up at 6am so very excited for people to arrive ( they weren't coming until ten) but I was too excited to sleep!
There is a great tradition of this as you all know- But Kylie has summed it perfectly here and it was after she told me about this meeting that we were truly inspired to get something happening. So I sent an email around and had loads of responses - lots of people couldn't make it but are very keen- so it was our little group of 5 meeting for a stitch, crochet, hand sewing, etc -no sewing machines as we want to be able to easily have a natter. It was at my place- we had the most divine chocolate truffle cake and this was complimented beautifully by a coconut and ginger slice. ( neither of which I can take any credit for) ( I would have taken photos but I would be making your mouth water too much and it would be cruel)
I have progressed from the crossstitch I did a while back and feeling quite brave I decided to teach myself to do embroidery- with my usual how- hard- can- it- be- attitude towards craft. I bought a great book called Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray, looked at several hundred (thousand?) images on feeling stitchy and Flickr and armed with some screen printed heart fabric from Prints Charming myself and my good friend C - who has in her words - never picked up a needle and thread- taught ourselves to stitch!
It was great and I can feel a new obsession brewing. I love how quiet and transportable it is. So the top one is mine ( I will show you when I have finished), then underneath is C's ( first stitching ever- I AM VERY PROUD!!!!) , followed by beautiful crochet queen size blanket by W, lovely sweet little bear made by Kyles and amazing long stitch of a Jacaranda tree by T.