Quite a long time ago... an embarassingly long time ago actually, I spent a lovely day with a very kind lady called Terry who taught me how to make mosiacs. Well... a mosiac actually, the one pictured below, because I'm not really sure I could repeat the experience and remember how to make another one! The idea was that we would have a skills swap.
We did have a date set for Terry to come to my studio to do some embroidery but with one thing and another I had to postpone. Finally my guilt got the better of me and last week, Terry and I met at Wimpole Hall. We bought some lunch and sat in the corner of the restaurant trying to avoid the hoards of children on their Easter holidays and I showed Terry how to make a brooch using needle weaving.
A couple of hours later Terry had made the most exquisite brooch which she finished in time to wear home. Unfortunately my photography was not so exquisite and you cannot see how pretty it looked!
While Terry worked on her brooch I worked on one of my own and this is what I ended up with. I had forgotten what fun these are to make.
Tiny squares of woven threads adorned with beads.
And so inspired was I by Terry's pretty blue/green combination I made another one that evening.
And it did occur to me that as well as a collection of expensive bags...
I could also make a collection of not quite so expensive brooches for Open Studios in July.
And then at knitting on Friday, Pam was giving away some gorgeous threads... and I thought these would be just the thing for a whole range of beautiful brooches.
I would say watch this space but no doubt I'll be excited by something else by this time next week... butterfly brain... that's me!