I am a volunteer at a local National Trust PropertyMountstewart and if I am not volunteering there I am relaxing there with my dog Smudge, it being her favourite place. It's peaceful and inspirational and with my recent drawing abilities and my sewing I have been inspired to design and complete some blackwork to reflect what I see in the gardens there.
Just over a year ago I joined the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild and was their speaker secretary for last year and now their treasurer. I gained so much from this group and it was through them I received an email from the textile curator of the Ulster folk and transport museum, Valerie Wilson, whom we had had as a speaker earlier in the year. It simply asked if anyone from the guild would be interested in a project that involved embroidery but was a secret and she could say no more. I jumped at the chance and within a few days I was in the gallery with other embroiderers. I was told we were to embroider a tapestry for Game of Thrones. The name rung a bell but I really didn't know what it was, as I spend my time sewing not watching tv, but it sounded exciting as it seems to be quite a craze for the rest of the world.
From this photograph you can see we wee well hid away from public eyes at this stage. We did have plenty of laughs even though it was very pressured getting 66m completed in less than 3 weeks
Valerie Wilson above checking out the brief for that particular season.