I'm going to have to put aside my sketchbook play for a while and get down to the business of some "real" work, which today meant teaching at the Peterborough branch of the Embroiderer's Guild. Except of course it doesn't really feel like work to spend the day with a lovely group of ladies doing what I enjoy.
We were making a variety of braids on the sewing machine, using different types of threads. Although these can be used in numerous ways, by using dissolvable fabrics we turned the braids into beaded bracelets.
The photos below are just a small selection of the huge amount of work produced in just six hours.
There were yards and yards of braid... someone suggested they would make very snazzy shoelaces!
And most ladies made a bracelet too... decorated with a wonderful selection of beads and sequins. I do love a bit of bling!
Not everyone got around to dissolving away the background fabric (Which is why some look like they are stitched onto plastic)
But most people finished something to take home.
And just to show that it wasn't necessary to make a bracelet, Pam created this fabulous piece of fabric constructed from braids which I believe is destined to be a book cover... I'll have to watch Pam's blog to see the finished result!
Thank you ladies of Peterborough... it has been a lovely day.
And should you be interested I'll be teaching this again on 29th June at Art and Stitch.
Got to get my thinking cap on now as we are off to a village quiz night... don't want to end up with the dunce's cap!