But before I even got there, I was making things for the retreat. You may remember a few rather annoying sneek peaks, so now I can reveal all!
I didn't sign up for the sample swap that many others did, so instead I wanted to make something for each of my Brit Bee gals - a wee token to remember our time together.
Firstly I made everyone a keyring:
And then little coin purses, to put the keyring into, along with some moo cards and chocolate!
|I forgot to take a picture of the Union Flag fabric I bought specially to line these wee pouches!|
And finally, I set my daughter to work making her bespoke fimo charms, personalised for each member.
So onto the workshops at retreat.
I took Portholes on Saturday morning with Lucie Summers (creator of Summersville).
|Lucie showing the other shapes you can make using the portholes technique. Her famous Portholes quilt can be seen here.|
This was a great technique, and a really fun class with Lucie!
My portholes aren't as round as they should be, but for someone who doesn't usually enjoy sewing curves I can definitely see more of this technique in my future!
On Saturday afternoon, I took Framed Purses with Katy Jones.
Katy is waaaaay too cool for school! Just as well with the amount of glue and mess I was getting into with my framed purse!
This is far from perfect, and if I was rushing to do another one, I would do things differently.
The framed purse I bought had much bigger knobs than anyone else (careful!) which proved to be a hindrance because they are so heavy.
But it was fun being there with Ceri and Susan (who was turning the air blue with each application of glue!).
I'll leave you with a celebrity name dropping mosaic (you'll be pleased to hear I managed to hold it together!).
|L-R: Lynne with Judith and Trudi, John (on stage), Katy, Lucie|