Wednesday, 21 March 2012


I have just returned from a few days which though were actually teaching and talking to Embroiderers' Guild Groups, I had such a lovely time that I feel that I have been on holiday! And that can't be bad.

Starting on Saturday afternoon I drove up to Appleby and was warmly welcomed for 3 nights into the home of Phillipa Turnbull who is the UK specialist in crewel work, running the Crewel Work Company. Though she had been busy that day herself teaching at the Wordsworth Centre, we had a meal, drink and told stories around the fireplace. Phillipa was also kind enough to let me know where there are some more examples of a type of gilding I am researching for the new book - great stuff!
On Mothering Sunday I helped the Appleby Branch of the Embroiderers Guild to use coccoon strippings, texture and emboss metal shim, weave with shim, wire and beads, colour the metal with alcohol inks and then combine and stitch pieces from these experiments. Hopefully I will be sent a few pictures soon from the day by members of the group, these are a couple of mine as a taster.

Impressing and Embossing Metal Shim

Examples for the workshop
I had also been invited to speak to Strathendrick Embroiderers Guild near to Loch Lomond on the Tuesday, and so I had the Sunday evening and the whole of Monday in between. I used the Sunday evening to visit friends in a nearby village and was determined to use the Monday to do a good walk on the hills if the weather was kind.
Monday dawned a little less brightly than Sunday, but it was still fine and the clouds high, so I set off for a trip up Cross Fell.
I met only 2 other people in the whole trip, one was a walker whom I swapped space in the bothy at the top with, he was just leaving as I arrived, and the other was a shepherd with 2 lovely Collies moving his herd along the road as I returned to the car.

'The Black Gates' (I think I know someone who might like to climb these!?!)
It was here that I had to add all my extra layers, hat, scarf and waterproof trousers whilst standing on my map to stop it blowing away ans not taking off the waterproof I already had on (What a pity noone was there to film the comedy show). It was very cold and windy higher up!

Trig point at 893 m on Cross Fell - made it! (Then retreated to shelter for a moment before starting down again)

View from the top

 'Who needs a map on the Pennine Way?'

My route

When I awoke the next day with aching hips, I worked out that I had covered 12 miles in 5 hours, over the usual peat bogs and in a freezing wind - so was quite proud of myself as it is a while since I have tackled a 'proper' walk.
It seems that I am in a phase where my determination and goal setting for personal achievements is doing well, and that has to be a good thing.

Of course, I am always keeping an eye out for interesting textures and close ups and had to stop at intervals to catch these:

Lovely Lichen

Lush Moss

Rust ...

... and more rust

A big thank you to Phillipa, Harry, Appleby Guild, Sonia, Geoff and Strathendrick Guild for having me.

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