Day 2 at Hampton Court and luckily the sun was shining as all I had to protect my rather large slate frame was an even larger plastic bag. I am hoping to get something a little more sturdy sorted out soon.
After a short treck through Henry the Eighth’s kitchens, the Tudor knot garden and the SHOP, I took the rather long flight of stairs up to the School of Needlework. Once settled in a nice light position by the windows (with magnificent views), the tutors came round and the first thing they did was to change my stitching plan and some of the colour combinations I was hoping to use! Bang went my understated mistle thrush and in came a more vibrant version! On the plus side there was lots of lovely work around the room to inspire once again.
Stitching began with a demonstration of chain stitch in the appropriate size of about 1-2mm, quickly followed by trellis work in one of the hillocks. Trellis was particularly tough on the eyes and the overall effect is not quite right. I think my squares look more like diamonds. Then after lunch it was on to buttonhole around the bird wing and laid work for the body area. The time whizzed past and at the end of the day I was rather surprised at how little I had managed to complete.
I left with a lot of homework to do; stitching the branches in chain stitch, finishing off the body and completing both wings with buttonhole. All I need now is to find the time to do it before booking another lesson!