I decided that I needed a totally ‘free from school’ weekend; one where I only had to think of myself. Maybe a little selfish, but sometimes you need to be a tad self indulgent! With that in mind I booked myself on a class at the RSN, Hampton Court, to try my hand at ‘Or Nue’ embroidery (sorry but I can’t get the accent over the e – something else I need to learn!) .
‘Or Nue’ embroidery involves couching a pair of metal threads on to the surface of a piece of background material, in horizontal lines. The background metal threads are couched with a thread of a similar colour and then, in certain areas, coloured threads are used to create a picture.
Our tutor for the day was Amanda Ewing and she had created a mushroom design for us all to follow. It looked small enough to complete and her instructions were easy to follow – but you know what they say, when something looks and sounds easy – it will inevitably take a lot longer to master than you think!
So how did I do? Well needless to say, I didn’t complete the sampler. In fact I barely got started – the day just whizzed past! The process was very time consuming but I will endeavour to complete it at home over the next few weeks. But it was a lovely experience – Hampton Court was bathed in sunshine and there was also a visit to the RSN shop – always lots to temp you!