Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Healing stitches

Monday 15th December

flurry of snowflakes appeared at our December meeting as Elizabeth Johnston lead a fun workshop using plastic canvas and sparkley knitting yarn.  The project was perfect for a social meeting as it didn't take too much thought to stitch round and fill in the centre with various patterns, which left plenty of time to talk and catch up on everyone's news.  We enjoyed some seasonal treats thanks to the M&S vouchers we won at Craven Community Champions Awards.   

Our Christmas competition was anything in the colour white (is white a colour?)  Entries ranged from traditional counted canvas work and delicate lace to contemporary framed pictures and whimsical miniature shoes.  But everyone agreed that Clare Hutchinson's blanket book was the clear winner.  

Clare's work, entitled Comfort Blanket, was her saviour during a recent bout of illness.  She explained that when she was too poorly to do anything else, she needed to stitch to keep her sanity.  A friend was making blanket books and so Clare made her own using an old utility blanket.  The pages were filled with delightful samples of lace, pictures of birds, buttons and shisha mirrors.  The final page included the original utility label as testament to its former life.

Happy Christmas!

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