Saturday and Sunday I attended the Jane Timmers workshop where she taught her Madeira Tin and Sewing Set. This is my second workshop that I have attended as part of my guild, the first being Catherine Theron's earlier this year. As you know I've been scrambling to try to finish all of my pre-stitching before Saturday morning. I managed to get my needlecase completely stitched and my biscornu mostly stitched before Saturday (all I lacked on the biscornu was two flowers and the backstitching for the front and back pieces). But, I was granted a reprieve and didn't need the biscornu for the first day!
The morning of Saturday, we spent learning how to line our tin. I was really happy with how mine turned out. Of course, as you can see above in my jelly roll, we are using the Madeira line of fabrics (and accompanying tin) by Blackbird Designs for Moda.
After lining our tins, we spent Saturday afternoon working on the needlecase. And what I love about Jane is that although I feel somewhat finishing challenged, she gives really clear directions and at no time did I feel rushed or that I was falling behind. I even made cording for the first time!
Saturday night, I attempted to finish up the stitching on my biscornu to have it ready for day 2, but no luck. I finished stitching the little flowers, and got the majority of the backstitch done, but I was so tired I kept mis-counting. So, I called it a night and was able to finish it up Sunday morning before I needed it. Sunday morning we learned how to make the tote bag, ditty bags and ort jar. Then, after lunch we got started on our biscornus. I was able to get mine completely assembled with the exception of the center buttons and ribbon for the bow. I need to stop by the needlework store this week to pick up some more ribbon. And my needlecase is mostly assembled. I finished all four pieces for it, and sewed the back two pieces together. All I lack is sewing the front pieces together, adding my cording and joining the front and back. I'm really please with how much I got done in class.
Assuming I can get the ribbon I need, my goal is to at least have my needlecase and biscornu finished before guild night next week. I think I can do that!
And thanks to those who let me know they read my blog over the weekend! I appreciate you and love to know you're out there. Thanks also to all who leave comments, it really means so much to me!
I hope to be back soon with updated photos of my finished class pieces. I'm also stitching along on my Angel of Tulips ornament, and should have a progress photo soon for you. Thanks for stopping by!
I am grateful for a fantastic weekend!