Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Swanning and Dyeing

These are the reasons why the next Drawing project will be a little late this month. Apologies if you are waiting with bated breath for the next instalment.

Swanning – along the the Llangollen Canal in north Wales with Susan, Frank and Eila. Here are Eila and Susan as we float on our narrow boat along the famous aqueduct over the River Dee - built by Telford in 1805. We sat in the ‘pointy’ end while Frank and my hubby Roy  steered at the back. Occasionally we girls did a stint with the tiller. Here’s how to make it look easy; the smile hides a grimace as the next tight spot loom ahead!


Sometimes we stitched and chatted and enjoyed the fabulous scenery. Thank you to Frank, Susan and Eila for inviting us to share this wonderful experience.

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Dyeing – fabrics for my workshops at the Knitting and Stitch Show on 7th, 8th and 9th October. The workshop is called ‘Letting Your Stitches Flower’ so the cotton organdie fabrics had to reflect those in a colourful garden. You can pop along to the Learning Curve area to see what’s going on without enrolling for a class to see what everyone is doing. You might even be able to spot colourful stitched fabric flowers around the show!


I will be based at the Textile Study Group exhibition in TG I1, first area on your left as you enter the main West Hall by the centre doors. The short teaching sessions will be part of the Learning Curve; you can sign up for any class with vacancies when you arrive or book in advance via the website.It will be so good to meet up with you to say hello if you are able to catch me between teaching, stewarding, shopping – or and queuing for the loo!

THE NEXT DRAWING PROJECT will be based around flowers, or maybe foliage or grasses. I aim to post this next week when I have returned from the Knitting and Stitching Show. See you soon I hope.


  1. Lovely to see you enjoyed good weather.I have fond memories of the Llangollen as we did it straight after finishing college many years ago.
    Hope all goes well at Ally Pally,I'm not attending this year.Those fabrics really zing out looking forward to seeing the results.

  2. It looks so relaxing! very envious.

  3. Gorgeous... No long boats around here... floating down the Elbow (River that is) on an inflated inner tube is as close as we get to that. And I don't do it cos I was a cat in another life, not a fish.
    Enjoy the Knitting and Stitching show... of course you will.

  4. Just wonderful. We used to go on the canals with a group of friends and we weren't allowed to use technical terms (like "locks") and came up with this whole language to avoid being fined, and the "pointy end" was one of them. Hope to see you at Ally Pally. Sheila

  5. Looks like an idyllic time Sian. It will be a nice rest to set you up for the hurly burly of the Knitting and Stitching Show. Nice to see news of Frank, Susan and Eila again.