Yesterday I got to spend the day learning how to embroider with Queen of Stitch herself, Aneela Hoey. I spent a fantastic day in Henley-upon Thames with friends (Amy, Elena, Hadley, Shevvy, Ruth and Annie), as well as my lovely friend Pennie, who runs Thames Catering Ltd and kept us well fed with a fabulous lunch and afternoon cake.
Included in the course price was a signed copy of Aneela's new book, Little stitches. Our course project was to make the Cherry on a Tree swing pattern and make it into a cushion. I am a visual learner and really benefited from watching Aneela demonstrate the stitches first and then practicing them, before attempting to stitch them in the afternoon.
This was my progress by the end of course. I admit to having stitch attention deficit disorder and bounced from one area to another at whim ;-)
|Filling close up!|
|Progress at end of course|
I have to say that I am a little hooked on embroidery. I got home, set myself up on the sofa and stitched all night and again this morning until I was finished. I am so happy with how this turned out....
|Cherry on the Tree Swing|
|Girl on a swing - my filling technique needs some more work.|
|French knot cherries - love Aneela's technique for these!|
A brilliant course worth every penny!
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