Friday, 28 May 2010
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Tuesday, 18 May 2010
These garments on the right above were inspired by a 20 metre length of pom pom trim found in an old curtain trimmings shop and the whole thing was designed around the pom poms. The pom poms date from 1870 and the fabrics used were taffeta and cotton Nottingham lace.
The exhibition is beautifully staged and as it is a touring exhibition you may have chance to visit it near to you or at the Fashion and Textile Museum. We marvelled at the materials that had been used in some for these garments and at how uncomfortable some of them must have been to wear. Equally we laughed out loud at some of the things on display that we had been obliged to wear in our youth! It's quite sobering to see things you have worn, in a historical exhibition!
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Not really, but it sounds good! ;o)) lol
Now that we’re back I don’t know where to start so I’ll just burble on for a few minutes till inspiration strikes. Talking of inspiration, I’ve had a terrible shock today! The postman brought the Entry Form for the Festival of Quilts so decision time, otherwise known as ‘crunch time’ is here. The Powers That Be want the form back immediately or by 28 of this month and it has to have the actual dimensions of my entry on it. Bit tricky that, seeing as I haven’t yet made it and it is currently a pile of fabric on my work table. Hmmm, serious thinking is required as to whether I am actually going to enter after all this year. Anyone got a magic wand? I need the next 2 weeks to be 2 months long!
So, where have I been over the last 3 weeks? I would like to say that I have been feverishly beavering away on many textile creations that I can’t wait to show you but that is far from the truth. Here’s a clue
We’ve had a little holiday, well, a big one actually. Hubby treated us to a Mediterranean cruise on the P & O ship Ventura.
We had a musical send off,
and this wonderful family were having a great party wishing their Grandma a happy holiday!
We had to dress up a bit from time to time (doesn’t DH scrub up well?). And we enjoyed some great entertainment in the large theatre.
All of these photos are my DH’s as I haven’t been able to load mine up yet. DH took over 1000 photos and is slowly loading his on the computer so I am waiting to use the special card reader that we have to use. We visited Gibraltar, Spain, Italy (including Elba which we loved) and France and had some beautiful warm sunshine as well as rubbish rain in Florence and Barcelona. I’ll bring you some photos as soon as I get them sorted.
Today, DH and I have been to nearby Lincoln for a new experience. Ever since I was small (even smaller than I am today!) I have always wanted to go to a ballet and have never managed it. Until today. We went to the Theatre Royal which is a fantastic Victorian theatre still in its original glory.
(I think there may have been a few spectres in my photo! Either that or dust in the air!)
We had a wonderful couple of hours in the magical land of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and it was a joy! It was wonderful to hear well known music and see it set to dance.
I was surprised that my DH agreed to come with me but he really enjoyed it too! We made the day complete with lunch on the river before we went to the theatre.
The swans were very busy and energetic in the Spring sunshine and there were some inspiring reflections on the water.
As I implied at the beginning of this long post I haven’t made much creative progress lately and have only managed to make a tentative start on my Festival of Quilts entry. As well as catching up after the holiday my elderly friend who will be 99 years old next month was rushed into hospital on Sunday so we are back to hospital visiting which all takes time. She is comfortable and they know what is wrong but we are not sure how much her life is going to be affected by her condition. I think it may be a bit of a long haul to get her settled back home. Fortunately my Mum is back in her own home and slowly getting back to her normal routine. Long may that continue!
You’ll have to excuse me if I’m a bit quiet again for a few days. Life is keeping me busy and I really would like to get my quilt made before I have to send the entry form off. See you soon!