During most of September I battled a viral infection my energy levels are returning with every passing day. That nasty infection left me feeling like a limp rag for several weeks some days I was so tired I could barely move and other days I seemed fine. A few years ago I had one that lasted nearly 4 months.
Despite feeling ill all these weeks I have been in a very creative mood and doing a little crafting and needlework here and there, today I drove across town to visit one of our local quilt shops Tomorrow's Treasures to see what's new in fabrics, books, etc. I also wanted to see the classes are offered this month, I had briefly scanned my newsletter for info but a trip to the quilt shop is such a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. To my surprise and delight there is a Hand Embroidery class offered for two session starting this Tuesday, I signed up and with the supply list in hand off I went to browse the many bolts of fabric for what I need but not before I met the instructor.
I was delighted to learn she was putting together a 'kit' for the class and she put together most of a kit for me so I could purchase it before I left, it includes the book, embroidery floss, needles, a hoop, pearl cotton, wool felt and cream fabric, the instructor will supply the ground walnut shells and fusible interfacing during class. And of course I bought more fabric then I need but really can one ever have too much fabric? Err don't answer that. Here is the kit including the book by Gail Pan
I was surprised with the book, usually when I take a class somewhere I'm given a few printer pages or a little pamphlet so having the book will allow me to make other projects once the class ends. The class will run from 1:00-4:00 this Tuesday and next Tuesday and we will be making this pincushion:
we will also be making the needle book as seen on the book's cover, the samples at the shop were really lovely and nicely stitched.
If I remember to bring my camera to class on Tuesday with the instructors permission I'll try to snap a few photos of my progress during the class to post here.
Here is the fabric I bought today, the list of supplies are for red and green fabric, after nearly an hour this is what I chose:
The ribbon, rickrack and buttons I had in my stash so I didn't see the point of buying more. I'll check my collection of buttons to see if I have something vintage to use, the shop had some lovely buttons and you can bet I will be purchasing several at a future date. I also bought a grab bag of scraps to cut more squares for my postage stamp quilt or other projects sure to come along.
I am not sure how I will like using the hoop included in the kit so I will bring along one of my trusty vintage metal hoops just in case, it drives me crazy when my thread catches on
the little spring I can only imagine what will happen when the thread catches on those big clamp handles.
Anyway I am enrolled in the class, bought my fabric, the kit and gathered other supplies, now I just hope enough people sign up for the class.