Monday, 16 October 2017

Sewing Workshops- full and half day classes

Learn to sew and what better way than this simple technique of chicken scratch embroidery. A beautiful embellishment on gingham which can be framed or applied to other household items.

Half day class.






Full day Christmas workshops in either the snowman or Christmas tree. 


Kit includes fabric,threads and needle as well as instructions.
Contact me for details in classes and costs.
mcclenaghanjayne@gmail.com

Conversations- Mountstewart

It is October and it's Northern Ireland but on the whole I felt the weather was good. It wasn't particularly cold and just a drizzle of rain.

I was one of the volunteers for the afternoon so as soon as I signed in I got myself some lunch and took a walk around the lake before starting my role looking after our celebrity visitors.




I made a few pumpkin muffins for staff and volunteers as I felt they needed a little treat for all their hard work.
 
Jenny I noted doing a little quality assessment of the musicians.
 
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I wouldn't know a "famous person" even after they may have introduced themselves. However I did know Kate Adie from watching the news with my father years ago when she was a war correspondent. It was lovely to chat with her in person and discover we have a few interests in common.







Patchwork group- last class

I taught four ladies once a month for eight months basic patchwork blocks. These ladies were familiar with machine sewing but not with piecing patchwork. It was a fun time together and they learned so much. The last evening we did the churn dash block and they showed off all their other blocks. Some had went beyond the block making some beautiful items.
   
 



They very kindly presented Smudge and I with gifts,  after all Smudge never missed a class either.
Beautifully covered notebook for me to chart more of my design work
  







Anyone interested in sewing or basic patchwork contact me for details on mcclenaghanjayne@gmail.com


Northern Ireland patchwork Guild with Judith Hollies

October was very interesting with Judith Hollies as our guest speaker and teacher. She gave a very interesting talk on how she came to be where she is today regarding textiles and the effect on all aspects of her life. She even traced the benefits from her ancestors in 1900.

Judith showed off many of her beautiful quilts that have been in various magazines and gave hints and tips to the members as she went through her examples.






The afternoon was great fun as we made our robin cushions.