Sunday, April 11, 2010

Harvey Show

Do you ever have those times when you start something and then wonder why you made life difficult for yourself? I have !!  I decided to hand stitch the scroll using a brick stitch, similar to the design etched on the Viking shield that had inspired me, but! .... 9 1/2 hours later .....I wondered what had possessed me. I hate unpicking so continued, and finally finished it.  I'm happy with it, just not the amount of time it took to stitch.  I've still got to outline it with a gold thread yet, but in the meantime I've been playing around with Anglo Saxon alphabets and the next step is to applique some onto the background plaid.
I used the embellisher machine to push the frayed scrim into the plaid and then gently ran it all over the scroll to hold it firmly in place.
After all those hours sitting and stitching I need to stretch my legs, back and neck so I've had the weekend off to do other things.  Hubby and I decided to go to the Harvey Show on Saturday and had a wonderful day.  The weather was perfect ... warm (not hot!) sunny Autumn day, just lovely.
There was wood chopping and sawing, farming machinery, vintage cars, side show alley with the kids rides and food stalls.
Best of all was the exhibition pavilion with the flowers, cakes, vegetables, photography and embroidery.  The bottom left hand photo is of part of an amazing textile quilt that had a farm/country scene with loads of animals on it, it was truly amazing and a work of art ... just love the cheeky emu peeping out from the side.
And what would a country show be without the equestrian events ... unfortunately we missed the Clydesdales as they'd been on in the morning, but we got to see the small buggy display and the toddlers with the miniatures ... always makes me smile and think of "Thelwell".
All in all, a relaxing and enjoyable day ... if only all weekends could be like this.  Now its back to the ironing ....


  1. Your stitching is amazing - well worth all that effort (easy for me to say!). I've had a pretty relaxing couple of weeks with the holidays, but everything is back to normal term-time routine tomorrow, not really looking forward to it! xx

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time at the show.Love those ponies!
    Your stitching is delightful, aren't we lucky to have such soothing 'therapy' to hand!
    Annette x

  3. Love it! The brick stitch works and fits in well - although it must have taken you ages. The show looks amazing - bet you're glad it's stopped raining!