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    My trip to sew in Devon

    About 18 months ago I received an exciting email – would I like to come and teach a freehand embroidery course in Italy….? Ask a silly question! But after much tooing and froing we realized that getting ten ancient Singer sewing machines, not to mention tubs of fabric, lamps, scissors, thread, hoops and inspiration to Italy might be a bit too much of a challenge – even for me! middle coombe farm the sewing course venue So we settled on something a little closer to home and last month, just before the clocks changed and as the sun was setting over misty autumn trees, I found myself with a heavily loaded van, turning into a lane with grass growing up through the middle in deepest, darkest Devon. ladies on poppy treffry sewing course Middle Coombe Farm was a beautiful setting for a stitching retreat. The machines were set up in the old thatched cider barn, hung with Tibetan prayer flags and the participants stayed in various ancient rooms through the farm and the grand old farmhouse. stitching students made on poppy treffry sewing course We spent the whole weekend together, stitching, chatting, cosying up by the fire in the oak paneled sitting room, eating wonderful food that was all cooked and prepared for us in the farmhouse kitchen and setting the world to rights. It was an honor to hang out with such wonderful ladies for the weekend and I was so proud of their finished products. embroidery hoop on poppy treffry sewing course And of course we mustn’t forget the indefatigable Mari from Made on Holiday who arranged the whole thing (and convinced me to do it!). She is the most wonderful warm, Italian, non cooking, non sewing mama, she looked after us so well, if anyone could convince me to do it again she could….but we’ll see! freehand machine embroidery examples

    It's Bovey Time!



    20130602-210419.jpg Kirsty Elson lighthouses It's that time of year again when Justin and I head off to deepest darkest Devon for the wonderful Contemporary Craft Fair in Bovey Tracey. This year we're quite excited to be camping in our little campervan for the event. (And the nipper is with her granny so it's a true weekend away together!) I'm hoping the show will be fruitful and there'll be time and money for a few spends as there are some truly amazing things to take home....and plenty of room in the van....

    20130602-210955.jpg Stephanie Carswell

    20130602-211146.jpg Sarah Heaton (might be one for the ever growing plate collection!)

    20130602-211313.jpg Katie Almond (maybe these too....)

    20130602-211423.jpg Samantha Bryan (I love these so much!)

    20130602-211549.jpg Alex Swan (thought these looked very interesting)

    20130602-211707.jpg Deryn Relph Hope to see you there!