People often ask me… A person asked me once… I thought I’d take some time to tell you about what I’ve been getting up to out in the real world. It’s always exciting when I get to go and play in the real world and have stitchy adventures, so when I do I shall share them with you here.
August was a fantastic month for stitchy shenanigans.
First off I was invited to run a cross stitch workshop at the Vintage at Goodwood Festival. You may have read a bit about it in Curegreed’s post this month – it was a very groovy festival and a terrific honour to be invited to participate. We ran the workshop from 11am to 4pm and could have gone on for a lot longer.
We provided people with the basic materials, and a couple of alphabets as guides – they were invited to choose their favourite colour and stitch a phrase or word of their choosing. Curegreed and I were accompanied by our good friend Jess Aldred, stitching goddess from the Royal School of Needlework, and all the proceeds from the event went to Fine Cell Work.
It was fantastic. We taught people of all ages, boys as well as girls, and a good time was had by all. It’s great fun teaching other people – it helps you appreciate the subject in new ways. I like to use the waste knot technique to start my stitching, and it’s tricky to explain, but the joy of helping someone get going and then watching them become absorbed in the process of stitchery is priceless. I hope we get to go back next year!
I also got to visit Chicago in August and hung out with some fantastic people – but I’ll save that for another post!