Weekend at West Dean

Last weekend I had a wonderful two days of stitching with a lovely group of ladies at West Dean College. Our tutor for the weekend was the very talented Charlotte Bailey of Hanging by a Thread. After a very substantial evening meal we attended our first lesson which gave us time to peruse some of Charlotte’s work….. Her grey parrot was particularly clever.

The Saturday and Sunday were spent making a little sampler, exploring different textures, colours, weights of thread… Although I already had a little experience with most of the stitches it was fun just to stitch and not worry about the outcome. The Shisha mirror embroidery was new to me and great fun to stitch. On the Sunday we were able to spend time with Charlotte talking through any projects that we were planning and getting a professional opinion as to how to proceed.

West Dean is a lovely place to spend the weekend and the gardens are wonderful, so I decided to take full advantage of the late summer weather…

On a final note….on my drive to West Dean I pass a house that always makes me smile. The front garden is full of gnomes, statues and soft toys….

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Happy stitching everyone!

About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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8 Responses to Weekend at West Dean

  1. craftycreeky says:

    Sounds a wonderful place to visit and a great workshop, sometimes it’s lovely just to sit and stitch and get inspired amongst like-minded people.

  2. Someone definitely has a gnome habit – but as you say, it makes people smile… And it does sound like a good weekend…

  3. Catherine says:

    What a wonderful weekend! It sounds like a great way to explore and develop your skills.

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