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Embroidery Silks, Pillow Cases and Cato

I needed more embroidery silks for finishing off the pillow cases so went to my favourite shop, Redruth fabrics which is an Aladdin’s Cave of gorgeousness.

Beautiful silks

This afternoon I finished off the pillow cases which each say ‘Goodnight ******’ (Insert name of Grandchild here). As I was doing the embroidery, I was thinking about my Mum who did the same for our four children nearly 40 years ago. Two, at least, of our children still have their much loved pillow cases!

Pillow cases finished and ready to pack

Our children and their children love the picture story book, ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’ and visiting next door this afternoon, I was reminded of it when Cato came to sit near me, not on my lap or on the settee but in the box lid.

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Our much loved and much used copy of ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’ by Eve Sutton

 

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Embroidery, Cake and Our Town

Many, many years ago my Mum embroidered pillowcases with Goodnight, the child’s name and kisses for all her Grandchildren and two of our four, now in their 40s, still have theirs, if a little worn. I have started today making such pillow cases for each of our six Grandchildren for Christmas.

First pillowcase

I iced the Hummingbird cake tonight to take to a shared supper and it went down well.

Hummingbird Cake

We love our small town. You might enjoy watching this video that tells you about Redruth, its history and how it is blossoming recently.

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/business/how-redruth-moved-worst-estate-2184475?fbclid=IwAR1MCS4U-8pG3DdYlfsSNRF_3-4zoJIVrnYrM0mg8bvEHIq1yihGqejqIcM

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2018 in baking, embroidery, environment, Photography

 

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R A Summer Exhibition – Some Favourites

What an exuberant Summer Exhibition this year, curated by Grayson Perry! It is full of humour and politics and there was lots to enjoy and admire  but with only one piece this year that truly moved me. Have a look through the gallery.

The piece that I looked at for ages and found most moving was a collection of carved Buttermilk prison issue soaps called Prison by Lee Cutter, just a small selection of detail for you here.

Prison Culture Lee Cutter

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in art, embroidery

 

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Tregellas Tapestries, Hydrangea and Pink Leaves

Today I took our exhibition posters and supplementary material to The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth as they are going to put it all on display in the near future. While I was there, I spent time, as always, with the remarkable Tregellas tapestries. Here are two more to add to those I have shown you before. You can read some of their history here.

The National Trust

The National Trust in Cornwall

Holidays in Cornwall 1925-30

Holidays in Cornwall

We stomped around Burncoose Nurseries’ Gardens this afternoon. The various Hydrangeas are looking lovely.

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Hydrangea flowers

I loved the pale pink new growth I show you below with the dark green older leaves but, sadly,  I don’t know what the plant is. Perhaps someone could enlighten me?

 

 

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Tregellas Tapestry, A Gate and A New Hat

I was in the Cornish Studies Library again today and thought that you might like to see another of the Tregellas tapestries, this one of some Cornish Festivals including Padstow’s Obby Oss which I wrote about recently. Others of the remarkable tapestries can be seen here and here.

Traditional Festivals

We have been delivering flyers to advertise the show, Until the Day Break, today. A face gate made me smile so here it is for you.

Lots of teeth and gold hair!

I went to Daisy Rain Vintage to find accessories for my costume for the show. No luck, sadly but I did find this delightful hat in a shop further down the hill.

Spring hat

 

 

 

 

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Together, Spring Flowers and Valentine’s Day

In the last couple of hours before the family left this morning, LiveWire T wanted to do a bit more on her embroidery.

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Spring is on the way! We have Tete a Tete daffodils, Iris Reticulata and Snowdrops brightening the back garden.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers. This is the 50th Valentine’s Day that the lovely Mr S and I have been together!

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Peace, A New Book and More Embroidery

Yesterday we collected flat pebbles at Portreath and today LiveWire T wrote kind and loving  words on them.

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This morning the family went to visit The Poldark Mine and found it fascinating. I couldn’t go as I had to go to my Pilates class which helps me stay mobile!  LiveWire J was full of information that he had learned and was very struck by the fact that boys his age had to go down the mine to work!  We feel that the time is ripe for him to be given my Dad’s, his Great Grandfather’s novel, Jeremy Visick to read. He has promised to look after it and to tell me how he gets on with it.

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LiveWire T has continued to work on her free embroidery and is taking great care with each stitch. This is our last day with them so we will need to finish it off early tomorrow morning before they leave at 9.30.

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