Julie told us about the quilt made of Puffs that had been displayed at the Quilt Exhibition at the V&A, each puff having a little central tuft of felt or thread, and how this had inspired her to make some brooches and bracelets using a similar technique.
She did a little demo and then we were invited to raid Louise's suitcases full of fabrics to start making our own. Most people plumped for making a bracelet and got their heads down to make the 8 or 9 puffs required. I was a bit slow off the mark chosing some fabric because I was lost in a magnificent reverie just absorbing all the heavenly surroundings.
Leather suitcases full of fabrics, tins of buttons of every size and hue, secret drawers hiding reel upon reel of thread, poppers, lace, pins and needles all stabbed into delightful pincushions. Little shelves held old toys and photographs and loveables of all sorts. And there was space, acres of it, to spread out and cut up fabric with big sharp proper tailor's scissors that went scrunch-crunch through the material.
As a result of this dreamy admiration, (and a lot of nattering and conspicuous cake consumption), I didn't actually get my bracelet finished before it was time to go home. So I finished it this morning.
The one below is the one my sister Rosie made while I ran and fetched her poppers, fabric to be auditioned, and suitable threads (and cake).
I think it has a Japanese flavour, don't you?
Julie also showed us how to make the puffs into bunches of flowers to turn into a brooch
and her wonderful charm bracelets and watches were also on display to inspire us
and so was Stanley
If you ever are tempted to take part in a workshop and live within striking distance of Nottinghamshire, then don't hesitate to jump at the chance to go to Hope & Elvis. I thought we had driven a fair distance, 2 hours up the M1, and then I discovered that someone had come down from Dumfries for the day. I know she won't have regretted it.
Did I mention the cake...?
Stanley went home with Rosie ....
Hope you're having a good week!