The weekend



What a wonderful weekend I had with Mum and Helen, on Saturday we went to Gosforth Park at Newcastle and went to the Get creative for Chistmas show, it was a wonderful world of stitching, patchwork and card-making. But even here cross stitching wasn't that well represented - is it a dying art in the UK?

I'm afraid I didn't take lots of pictures as I got ever so slightly carried away with my shopping and managed to get myself lots and lots of lovely stash, far too much to photograph (and of course I can't let Mark see it all). But I do have to rave over some new threads I bought in fact they are lovely and I bought the whole collection (naughty me), they are Australian silk threads by Kaalund Yarns, they remind me of Gloriana silk thread the colours are so rich and varigated, Jaynes attic (as Jayne informed me), is the only stockist in the UK of them they are really beautiful and you get a lot for your money. I also bought a lot of hand-dyed fabric, just small cuts, and nothing over 32ct as you can't seem to buy above that, these I got from Kates Kloths and Jaynes Attic. From the fat quarter stall I bought some wonderful quarters of fabric a good mixture of Christmas fabrics and anytime fabrics. I also bought some hand-dyed silk ribbon from Kates Kloths. From another stall I bought some scissors and I managed to find some that are shaped like rabbits both Helen and I bought a pair as we have both been after some for ages.
Charts - well Trudi-Anne stall was the only stall that I liked the charts from and I bought 3 or 4 of BC, Trilogy & HIH wee ones that I have wanted for a while.

It was great to finally meet a few of the girls who frequent Jaynes chat board, I met Diane, Julia, Jayne and the designer Carol Tinsen, who had a wonderful display of her charts and of course I couldn't resist and bought one.



As we all know this month is Breast cancer awareness month and thre was a small exhibition of 'pink' quilts and 3 of them were up for raffle.



Unfortunately I didn't manage to win one of these lovely quilts, but the small room was very busy and all proceeds went to breast cancer research which as we know is a wonderful cause and I really hope that the ladies there managed to raise lots of funds.



On the Saturday night when we returned home, Mum, Helen and I had a mini SAL and stitched the same design and as we all bought a frame to match it, we thought it would be fun and of course we all finished it differently. Helen will be showing you all our efforts for this on her blog, but I will post a picture up of my effort - when Blogger wants to play again for me. I used the Bushfire silk thread I bought from the collection and stitched it on 28ct white evenweave, I decorated my frame too.

17 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh Su, what a wonderful weekend!!! I'm so happy for you! I can't imagine much that would be more pleasurable than shopping for stash with my mother and sister! (Okay, my mom doesn't stitch and I don't have a sister, but you know what I mean!)

Those pink quilts are gorgeous. I hope they raised a lot of money for research. Wouldn't it be great to simply get a shot to prevent it?

Tracy Baby said...

Sounds like you had alot of fun ,isnt it nice to find new threads .It is quite difficult to find embroidery supplies here in NZ .The quilts are lovely shame you didnt manage to win one.

AnneS said...

If you ever need to get 'Aussie' threads etc, scream out, and I can try to get them locally for you :) Have to admit, I haven't tried stitching with Kaalund threads yet ... might have to hunt some down now ;) Sounds like you had a wonderful family outing ... I love the fact my Mum has just started stitching, it's very rewarding doing that sort of thing together :D

Claire said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful time with lots of spending!!

Which one is Helen's blog - could you PM me on Stitch and Stash board please?

Hugs
Claire

bunnyhead said...

Sounds like you had so much fun! Can't wait to see you finished piece :)

Annemarie said...

Wow, it sounds like you and Helen and Veronica had a fabulous time, Su! All those goodies! I can't wait to see your SAL pieces!

Karen said...

I'm glad to hear you had such a fun weekend. Shopping is always fun. The quilts are beautiful. :)

Karoline said...

Sounds like a fun time was had by all :)

Shell said...

looks like a great day out.It's so nice that you all share the same interest,i'm jealous my Mum and Sis would be bored after the first stall.
It does look like the papercrafts are pinching all the cross stitch stands.Things go round in circles they say so I am sure it will be back in vogue soon.
A few stash pics would be nice as long as it doesn't land you in too much trouble.
Just one more thing - what else did the Trudi Anne stand have ? it is listed for the show at the NEC I am going to ,not heard of it before.

Jennifer said...

It sounds like you had a great time. I love the Kaalund yarns too, they are absolutely gorgeous. I bought mine at the Woolfest earlier this year from Fobbles, they have lots of wonderful needlecraft supplies at www.fobbles.co.uk. :)

VavadesNeiges said...

i saw it ! on Helen's blog
your three hearts are really lovely
you're a "gold hands family"

Carol said...

Wow, sounds like you had a great weekend! From the photo, it appears that cross stitch was well represented, but of course, it is not a big photo. How sad it is that there was not so much there. We must start a campaign to get more stockists to go next year for you! I cannot wait to see your little design - and I wish I could see your stash :-) Those quilts are gorgeous!

Corinne said...

Je viens de parcourir ton blog, je ne parle pas anglais, je me suis donc contentée de regarder les photos. Ce que tu fais est superbe, je me suis régalée en admirant ces merveilles. Bravo à toi, je reviendrai........ Bisous

Corinne said...

Je viens de laisser un com, j'ai l'impression que cela ne fonctionne pas. Je te disais que je viens de découvrir ton blog et que je l'ai parcouru en entier. Ne parlant pas trop anglais, je me suis contentée de regarder les photos. Tu fais de véritable merveilles, c'est superbe, je me suis régalée en admirant tout ça !!!!
Je reviendrai te voir. Bisous

Von said...

There are very few things more fun than a weekend with stitching friends, but when those friends are also family - that's the best!! Glad you managed to bring home a little bit of stash. :D

Vonna said...

Can't wait to see you SAL, you do such lovely work! Looks like your weekend was jam packed and you spurred on your country's economy as well...isn't it lovely to be useful!
:o)

Myrna said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

Hugs...

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