I always travel with my own quilt and this is me doing my meet and greet in the bar of the Dragon Hotel. Who knew they all came just to see me.
Wales, who would have thought it was a land somewhere to the left of England? I always thought that they lived in the sea, how wrong could you be?
It turns out that it's a very very nice place. A lovely lady called Tina Gilmore invited me to come and see her shop and she said that Daisy could come along too and give a class.
The hotel was good enough to accept humans and so we ordered the man servant to drive us there. We had a little detour to Ledbury to see an exhibition, Daisy loved it. The exhibition was called Daphne's Gloves and featured work by Tamsin Abbott, Claire A Baker, Sarah Burford, Ali Ferguson, Caren Garfen, Sharon Hall Shipp, Christine Kelly, Jeanette McCulloch, Kathleen Murphy, Mandy Pattullo, Karen Shapley & Mariette Voke.
Daisy was so excited to see Mandy Pattullo's work close up. I, on the other hand had to stay outside with the man servant and talk to the locals. A rather demanding chocolate lab and a couple of spaniels. They were very nice to me.
After a little lunch we set off to Montgomery along the twisting roads of Wales. This didn't have the best effect on Daisy as her spinning world illness resurfaced. However being the trooper she is a little thing like this wasn't going to stop her.
We arrived at the hotel and I guarded the car while the man servant helped Daisy set up.
The room was light and cosy and Daisy set out some of her work so that people could see what she does.
I have to report some upsetting news now, and I know you'll all understand when I say .........no I can't bring myself to say it.
You know how they always tell you that you're the only one and they'll never love anyone else? Then you go through their phone and find pictures like this.
Man servants! Who can trust them. You know what I mean ladies. It just makes you feel soooooo
So who came to the class? Well I had the man servant take a picture because I knew that you all like to see them.
That's Tina, hi Tina, next to Daisy. The lady second from the left wasn't booked on the class, however she was in the hotel and needed something to do while her man servant was doing a photography class. She enjoyed herself so much, as did everyone. Tina always puts on a good spread for her classes.
Although I didn't get to try any I was told how good it was.
Now, a very rare thing is going to happen and that is that Daisy is now going to tell you how the class went because I had to look after the man servant and make sure he didn't get into trouble while Daisy was working.
Hi all! I've managed to get a look in at last!
After the brief talk I gave (well I hope it was brief enough) we moved into the supplies room.
I had brought several suitcases full of goodies to use and Tina also had lots on offer to tempt all
the lovely ladies.
There was all sorts of bits and bobs from watch hands to suffork puffs to use.
I think everyone had a go at the hexagons to start with. The tiny ones are very fiddly but well worth
It was a hive of activity!
It was great to see the fabrics come to life.
One of the reasons I love teaching these workshops is to see the stories coming alive.
Such beautiful colours.
Shoes! I'm so happy there were spotty shoes!
The french envelopes went down very well.
This little owl is going to be part of a counting book.
More envelopes given a new lease of life.
A sewing book in the making with lots of yummy pockets
I love the cover.
It had wish tokens stitched in too.
The beginnings of a childhood memory piece.
Heres a sewing book made with French General fabrics.
Lovely florals and more spotty shoes.
With some beautifully stitched paper.
I would like to say a big thank you to Tina for the invite and also to
all the lovely ladies that came to join me for a happy day of stitching.
I shall now hand you back over to Georges very capable paws.
See you soon. xx
Isn't she lovely. If you have a sewing group or local shop and would like Daisy to come and give a class I'm sure I could get her to come along and show you how she does what she does.
There was so much more happening in Wales and the post has gone on for so long. Daisy has told me that I should leave you wanting more and so I'll say part two of our Wales trip will follow very shortly. I'll tell you how the man servant got a big surprise in a shop too.
Remember a walk isn't a walk unless you have a dog to enjoy it with.
More from the wit and wisdom of George later.