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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.

Hydrangea ?

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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Tulips, Sash and Preview Performance

We found some beautiful tulips on the table when we arrived in the kitchen this morning, left by our lovely daughter to wish me the best for this evening’s Preview performance. They are purple and white with green leaves – just perfect!  Keen eyed readers may notice that I bought that beautiful Kingfisher tea-set that I was ogling in the antique shop!

In the performances of ‘Until the Day Break’ I am singing ‘March of the Women’  with nine others and it is just brilliant! I have a facsimile Suffragette sash given to me years ago by my Mum but don’t want to risk the silk in the rain so today I went to one of my favourite shops and bought ribbons and this afternoon, I stitched up a sash.

The song was written by Ethel Smyth and was sung in Holloway by the imprisoned suffragettes, conducted by Emmeline Pankhurst through the bars of her prison cell using a toothbrush as her baton. I like to think that my Great Granny, Annie Wiseman, who was also imprisoned in Holloway for her part in the movement, was there at that moment and was singing March of the Women. I am singing it in the show with the passion that she must also have had and I can feel her pride.

 

The Preview performance went very well. Everybody loved it! The first night is on Thursday.

Some actors before the show

 

 

 

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Baby Carrier Kits

On Friday afternoon a group of my lovely friends are getting together to make some more Baby Carriers and today I have prepared three ‘kits’ with all the pieces cut out and ready to sew.

Baby carrier kit

Baby carrier kit

Baby carrier being modelled for me

Baby carrier being modelled for me

 

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Sewing, Life and Today

It has been another wild day today though with less rain but it was definitely an indoors day so I made a bit more progress with my Mai Tei baby carrier. I had had hopes of making several but I’ve spent at least 6 hours on this one so far. Perhaps the next will be quicker as I will know what I am doing!

Straps on and the whole thing turned inside out ready for final stitching

Straps on and the whole thing turned inside out ready for final stitching

Straps on and the whole thing turned inside out ready for final stitching

Straps on and the whole thing turned inside out ready for final stitching

and Life…….

Life - we have just the one each

Life – we have just the one each

Today is ‘Send a card to a friend Day’  I’ve done that, in fact we have sent two.

 
 

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Sewing, Knitting and The Little Things

I read some time ago that refugees landing  in Lesvos were being given baby carriers and that this freed their hands to hold the hands of their other children. The faces of the parents as they were fitted with the carriers was beyond beautiful. I read that one can make Mai Tei baby carriers and so began to research how this could be done. I have found a pattern and gathered together all the materials and my first one is on the way. Here are three of the four straps/ties in various stages of making, two of 3′ and two of 6′. I’ll show you as it grows. I shall have to borrow a baby to try it out when done. If you would like to join me I’ll send you the links for the pattern.

Ties in various stages

Ties in various stages

I also read that people in Calais have been being given warm woolly snoods and they are as delighted with them as are the parents on Lesvos. I cannot sew in the evenings but I can knit while watching TV and these are very quick and easy in Super Chunky Wool. If you want to join me with the knitting, I’ll pass on this pattern too. It was a free one.

Snoods

Snoods

One of my Blogger friends posted this today Thanks Ute.the-little-things

 

 

 
 

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Sewing, Candle and Crackers

1   My new project is to embellish duvet covers for one of our Live-wires (can’t really call them the  Grand-babies any more as they are all growing up – 2,4,6 and 7 years old).   Live-wire B, who has just turned two, is about to move into her cot-bed and I am sorting out her new duvet covers.  More about the project as it develops. Today has been spent tacking!

My ongoing project

My ongoing project

2       We had a candle on the hob this evening and it made a lovely reflection in the black glass.

Candle on the hob

Candle on the hob

3    This delightful photo came to me via a friend today. Thank you!

Bring cheese and crackers!

Bring cheese and crackers!

 

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Vintage Shopping, Sewing and Success

1   On the way home from my piano lesson this morning, I called into Daisy Rain Vintage again and was able to find a lovely lace piece to add to the front of my shirt for my costume.

Lace for my shirt

Lace for my shirt

2  Inspired as I was by Claire’s outfit yesterday, I rummaged about in my dear Mum’s haberdashery box where there are items that are 50 and more years old and found some beautiful lace which I have now hand-sewn to the cuffs of my shirt.

Old lace from Mum's collection

Old lace from Mum’s collection

3   To complete a happily creative day (while the rain has been helpfully watering the garden) I have turned a black pillowcase which we found last week on our trawl of the charity shops, into a cummerbund to add to my outfit. Another rummage in Mum’s box and I found a card of hooks and eyes to fasten it.  So, success! I now have my 1914 costume ready. I hope to have a photo taken tomorrow if the rain holds off. Fingers crossed for Sunday as the whole event is in the great outdoors.

Hook and eye fasteners

Hook and eye fasteners

 

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