For the last ten years, I have been going away for the Mother’s Day weekend to Phillip Island, a small island near Melbourne. The local “Patches” group there organise a fabulous retreat from Friday to Sunday with various tutors in attendance. The accommodation is ‘school camp’ but you put up with that as the time you have is so much fun – and you can get all your meals cooked for you (a big plus in my book!).
Some attendees ‘socialise’ which means, doing more chatting and walking and shopping than the others who are in classes. I don’t mention ‘stitching’ in that sentence, as having been a ‘social’ attendee in the past, I must admit I did not do as much stitching as planned.
This year I had the privilege to attend a workshop with Sydneysider, Wendy Williams who showed us how to make her beautiful quilt “Birdsville” in wool felt. It was a relaxing, and (at times for me learning new embroidery stitches) a challenging time.
We learnt how to make the beautiful flowers, birds and leaves on the quilt as well as how to add pieced blocks and quilt it.
My first flowers – little steps
and a lonely leaf – with needle still inserted so I can remember how to do it!
I managed my layout – though this has changed a little since I took this photo. I chose a soft grey Japanese linen look to work on, with a deeper grey wool felt.
Wendy uses perle cottons for her embroidery, but I have a selection of gorgeous Ne 12 AURFIL of course, so I used those. They work so well and so easily being on a spool and with all the colours to choose from, my biggest problem is which one to use! I could use them straight from the spool or double the thread up to make a slightly heavier look to my flowers and birds.
At the end of the workshop, everyone put their work down on a ‘tree’ and we saw how colourful it looked.
I hope I can get the quilt completed sooner than later – always the aim when you come back inspired from a great workshop. If only I could have a whole week or more just to stitch – like on retreat! Thanks Wendy for such a relaxing and enjoyable workshop. Thanks too Phillip Island Patches Committee for all your hard work to make these retreats such a delight – and I am already looking forward to next year. Maybe, I can have my “Birdsville” finished for the Show and Tell.