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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Tatting Demo

What a lovely day I had yesterday, the weather was at the beginning a bit of a problem. It was fine when we left home but as we drove nearer to Shepton Mallet it was raining, that put a very despondent mood before I even got there.
The shop (Shepton Cobbler) was having a mini craft day demonstrating what crafts there are and what the sell, this is something they have not done before and a nice way to promote craft. We each had a thin six foot table outside the shop which extended out each side of their double shop, (one half is a craft shop and then Jack the husband has the shoe repairers) the rain eased and although it remained cloudy with the sun popping out in the afternoon.
There was a lady spinning wool, a vast range of knitting and knitted items, Ruth was doing cross stitch and showing how to use plastic canvas with items that children could do. Grace was demonstrating card making. We had a lot of people stop and look watching different things.
I was delighted four ladies want to learn tatting, I had a woman beside me who had had a stoke but wanted to try, well done her, sorry I cant remember her name but I was delighted to help and give her the confidence of trying tatting. I sold quite a few items which was a bonus, I thought I might not sell anything but even better I never had to pay for the table, with the bonus of coffee (its the first time I have had more than one cup of coffee in a morning for ages) and a sandwich for lunch plus beautiful cakes. We were well looked after. They are planning to have another one and possibly once a month a demo of different crafts. I really enjoyed the day meet new people and came home with an order for a horseshoe.

This is a lovely horseshoe which I have been asked to make the pattern came from Nancy at Be-stitched
She has some beautiful patterns well worth checking out her site plus if you sign up for the newsletter there is a free pattern every month.

The cross at the top of the page is by Rachael called Split Ring Cross, her patterns are on "intatters", she is a lovely lady who is ill at the moment, she organised the Spring Bookmark exchange and is hoping to arrange another exchange soon. There is a link for "intatters" in my sidebar.

We went out last with friends for the first time since my op. That meal tasted even better as I had a pudding, Baileys Cheesecake one of my favorites, its been a long time since we went out and even longer since I had a pudding, oh it is so nice to be getting back to normal, just one blot on the horizon which I will take you about another day, but the mole hole is causing more problems.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend and until we meet again in blog land, take care.


  1. Hi Margaret sweetie, I do hope your all right, the 'mole' story sounds abit worrying.....anyway, glad you had a good day tatting, sounds wonderful to me and it can be a real pick me up....also glad to hear your eating and going out a little, bet Vernon' happy to see it too...take care..oh...I love the cross and horse shoe...silly me nearly forgot..lol..xxx

  2. Glad to hear the demo day went well, and that you enjoyed yourself, we have a cross like that in our family Bible, love the horse shoe.
    Kevin xx

  3. That was quite a productive craft day, and turned out so well for you! I'm always much happier when I know the weather is going to be good for our tatting events - especially the outdoor one in April. The indoor ones can still be affected by rain or snow, as far as the number of visitors.

    How wonderful that four ladies are interested in tatting due to your efforts! Considering all you've been through, it is good to see you 'out and about'. With your talent, you could also have a card-design table! That sounds like a very unique and cozy shop!

    Nancy (Be-Stitched) has some wonderful patterns that she has generously shared.

  4. It sounds like you are feeling much better now Margaret, and what a great day out, so much fun when others want to share your craft. I bet Veron enjoyed the day as well, pleased you are getting out but hope the mole isn't going to be a problem


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