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Two weeks to the day since getting together for tea and cakes at the Beachcomber Cafe, on The Wharf, in St Ives - catching up, chatting and generally enjoying the company of three like-minded people - here, at last, is my post to mark the occasion!   First to arrive were Diane 'Heart-Shaped' and Noelle 'Sew On and Sew On' followed a little later by Carolyn 'Love Stitching Red'

It was lovely to see Carolyn, who lives locally and Diane, who holidays in the town as often as possible, again - and to meet Noelle (who also lives in St Ives) for the first time!  The sun shone too, of course.

What a clever trio they are - I am in awe of their stitching and creative textile skills.

This first photo shows one of Carolyn's beautiful 'Gardening Hearts' - luscious shades of blue, contrasting fabrics and tiny ultramarine beads. 

A mixed media card using sequins, wax resist and iridescent colours.

And a selection of her hand-made beads - just look at those colours and effects!

And from Noelle, the cutest seagull - how clever is this?  So original and well made - everyone loves him!

Feel the love with her soft, deep pink felt bird with pretty beaded tail.  

Diane's dramatic stitched heart, its luxurious cloth studded with pearly buttons, contrasts beautifully with the contents of the pottery cupboard.  Domestic ware by Masahiro Kumagai, John Bedding, Peter Swanson and Alex Shimwell help to set the scene.

As if that weren't enough, pictured next is a handmade fruit 'teabag' card; a pincushion that is as much of a joy to hold as it is to look at and a delicate silk flower brooch with tiny pearl beads at its centre, pinned to an aqua coloured handmade tag!  How does she do it?  

Hoping to see those girls again in the not too distant future.  In the meantime, follow the links to see more of what they do and click the photos to enlarge.


  1. If I lived in St Ives I would insist we meet up weekly!!! You are all such lovely ladies. I had an email about the Clare White Gallery - so sad. Hope to see you next year some time xxxxxx

  2. What a wonderful post! It must be so much fun meeting up. Love the Seagull, a very smart one by the looks of him. :)

  3. Wow! You did have fun. Love those beads and the sea gull and the pin cushion... Just going to check out the beads. LOL xox

  4. Sounds lovely, I love all the hearts and birds, gorgeous x

  5. Loving that Seagull, a bit less noisy than the chaps we get up here I expect.... and it wouldn't po*p on my car immediately after washing ;)! Beautiful creations, and 'Beachcomber Cafe'.... sounds like heaven. Have a super sunny weekend Lesley x

  6. sounds like a pretty fabulous time was had and i love the goodeis that you've shared here.
    can hardly wait to pay some visits~!

    have a beautiful day.

  7. Diane - wouldn't that be great! x

    Ruth, Sybille, Jan, Anne and Libby - perhaps, you never know, we may get an opportunity to meet somewhere and sometime in the future!

    In the meantime, good wishes to you all for a lovely weekend. Lesley x

  8. Sorry I've only just popped by to say "hi" Lesley. Didn't we have a lovely time all of us. Looking forward to same again next year, but hope to see you sooner than that. Have been so busy lately and then came down with flu which I'm still getting over and stitching for Festival of Quilts ... so once that's done how do you fancy a nice cuppa?


  9. A nice cuppa will be great - let me know when you have some spare time. x


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