Sunday, 28 April 2013

Not quite the hand sewing I had planned!

I spent this weekend with my parents and without my machine. I had Friday off work so took some hand sewing with me. I managed to finish a couple of things that I can't really show you yet - here is a sneak peek of one of them!

We went to this month's Unicorn Ceilidh on Friday night and caught up with loads of friends, then on Saturday Mum and I went shopping (new shoes and jeans), had dinner (yummy Italian) and then went to the theater - Starlight Express is possibly my favourite musical!

And today... you may or may not know that my Dad is a Morris Dancer - he has been for over 30 years - I have never known life without Morris Dancing and we had a Morris Guard of Honour at our wedding.

I've just noticed they aren't actually wearing bells in the photo!

For the first time in about 30 years, Letchworth Morris Men have decided to update their kit (if you follow the link you can see the old kit - May Day is Wednesday and they will be dancing out for the first time in their new kit - hopefully I will get some photos!). So whilst most quilters make costumes for their children, I spent today making one for my Dad. He did try himself....

...but only an engineer would try to sew with pliers (the leather was pre-punched). Very quickly Mum and I took pity on him. I stitched a new hat band and finished off the bell pads. Except we didn't have enough ribbon, so I will have to actually finish them next weekend. And I have super-human powers - all I had to do was look at the ribbon and it started to fray! Absolutely horrible stuff!
Nearly-finished Bell Pads

Pop back later this week to see my plans for May in the Get Your Hex On Bee (this month it's my turn), some tips on sewing quarter inch hexies (!) and on Saturday the next embroidery in my BOM.

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