My head is going to explode! I am full-to-overflowing with new information, skills and techniques! It was an Excellent Day!
The pillow that Phillipa is holding is the project that we worked on throughout the day. Look at how beautiful it is! All of the projects that The Crewel Work Company produce include their exclusive Scottish grown, specially woven linen twill printed with the design and stitch directions, two of their own made to order crewel needles, all the beautiful Appleton wool you will need and the most comprehensive, detailed instructions I have ever seen. These are NOT simple little kits…they are home study courses in crewel work.
We gathered at 9:30 in beautiful Burford for our day of crewel work. For those of you not from the UK, Burford is a small (1500 – 1800 people) village in Oxfordshire in an area known as the Cotswolds. I wanted to find a house today, settle down and never leave!
Phillipa is not only a master of her art, she is an excellent teacher. Her ability to both explain and demonstrate is outstanding. She knows how to encourage and gently correct the work of her students and gives each one guidance and confidence in equal measure.
At points in the day I was unsure what to focus on – improving my stitching technique or watching her skill as a teacher. Many of us can embroider: far fewer are good teachers as well. It was clear that she cares very much about the progress of each student. Her goal is for us to go home confident that we can finish the project and be proud of what we’ve accomplished.
Phillipa provided group instruction as well as individual help when we needed it. She began the day by asking us what we wanted to get out of the day and then proceeded to ensure that each of us got what we wanted – no easy task!
One of THE high points of the day for me was that I got to meet Linda, a member of The Unbroken thread community. She’d let me know she would be there and it was so good to meet up. We both had a great time and agreed it had been a pretty special day.
So, after my very first needlework class ever, how do I feel? Tired from concentrating all day, confident that my stitching will continue to improve and THRILLED that I had this amazing opportunity! Now, back to work…