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.