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Textile Inspiration Packs

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Whilst we on our recent cruise we produced special Textile Inspiration Packs for our craft group. These packs were put together before we left to join the ship. Each pack contained a mix of textiles including lace, leather, cotton, net, silk or tweed, to name a few. The pieces were vaguely colour co ordinated and each pack also contained a few beads or buttons or ribbon. The packs created great interest and provided a source of much imagination.

imageWe did did not have a great deal of time to craft as we were about to dock in Madeira where there was a flower festival. Because of this I encouraged the ladies to make a flower brooch. The inspiration was all theirs and they certainly used their own imaginations. I suggested that a simple flower was made by cutting discs of reducing size from the various textiles. I provided a template for simplicity. The various discs were then stacked on top of one another and held together with beads or buttons. The edges could be embroidered, frayed or pinked with the shears. After attaching a “finding” to the back it was ready to be worn. Some people fastened them to their bags made in the days before. Others took them home and some attached them to plain tee shirts.

It was a great delight later in the day when we met a lady from the group going ashore. She was wearing the brooch that she had made that morning. Result!!

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These Textile Inspiration Packs were a great success and I will certainly use them again.

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Tulip Festival

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The Lime AvenueimageTulip Festival

Hubs, yes Hubs, took me to a Tulip Festival today! Now anyone who knows him will realise how out of character this is! We had a lovely time and walked around the most beautiful gardens. This beautiful festival is an annual event at Constable Burton Hall, Wensleydale , in the Yorkshire Dales.
Constable Burton Hall was built in 1768 for the Wyvill family who still occupy it! Isn’t that wonderful? Still living in the family pile after nearly 250 years. This Georgian hall was built in the Palladian style and is surrounded by formal gardens. We are in fact staying on the caravan site owned and adjacent to the hall. The reason Hubs went to this festival was not a hidden desire to see gorgeous gardens, but he fact that there is no where else to walk to from our campervan! My benefit!
There are some very old trees on the estate, including ” The Lime Avenue” . The description of the gardens suggests that these Lime Trees are over 350 years old-now that’s old!
More on the Vintage angle I had a quick trip around a craft fair yesterday and found a vintage stall selling the most desirable china cups. More for my stash for candles. I couldn’t photograph these as I had to send them home with daughter-in-law as there is no spare room in our van! Anyway it might leave a tiny bit of space to buy even more, so watch this space!

oh and Tulips were lovely. Apparently they plant over 6500 bulbs each year for this event. Now that’s a long time on your knees!