Gemma and I got the train from Northfield to Redditch, to visit the Needle Museum there. The visitor centre wasn’t open, but there was a little café selling coffee etc, and the museum was open.
There was an excellent textile exhibition, then three small galleries showing all different kinds of needles and how they were made.
We walked past the visitor centre, and across the field to some Abbey ruins which are nearby. There were many dogs and families – all the labradors we saw had clearly been having fun in the stream!
Altogether a splendid day out!
Gemma’s Morris side, Blackadder, were dancing out at Upton on Severn today.
The sun shone and there were many other sides…
… as well as a plethora of interesting stalls selling food and clothing.
The day was rounded off with a mass dance – several sides all dancing together to The British Grenadiers.
There was also a barn dance under the bridge, but I was joining in, so I didn’t get any photos!
So, having bought a wig stand and a stretchy turban as a basis…
The next step was to drape fabric around it. This is left over from the Regency dress, so it’ll match.
Now to begin stitching it all together (and hopefully not to the stand). I also found a little collection of sparkly bits which might work as decorations.
First up this year: grape jelly.
I finally got a good set after years of trying. I added the juice and rind of two oranges. Definitely helped the flavour too, but maybe a tad less ground cloves next time!
Rocco somewhat underwhelmed
Some years ago, I began crocheting squares from some cotton yarn from my stash. Squares are good to take on holiday, as they are small and you can just take a few at a time, but it also means the project progresses slowly… Anyway, I was getting near the end of the cotton, so it was time to decide what to make from the finished squares.
First, they had to be blocked, then pressed.
I ended up with 33, just the number for a shrug pattern I found. The photo below was taken on the bed while I was away in Cambridge – the whole project was still small enough to take in my rucksack!
The assembled shrug had to be blocked again after I had crocheted the squares together.
Here it is being worn as a shrug:
But the sleeves have buttons, so you can also wear it as a shawl…
…or a scarf!
Very adaptable! But do I store it with the wraps, the shrugs or the scarves??
I am spending a few days in Cambridge with a group called “Free to Believe”, studying Tom Holland’s book “Dominion”. This afternoon we had some free time, so I went for a stroll around Cambridge. In true Wheeler fashion, I wandered away from the bustle to the river, which was much more pleasant.
There were dog walkers, ducks, a heron and a couple of teenage swans. But I wasn’t expecting cows!
Well, the dress is finished; I still need to make a chemise to go underneath the stays, which go under the dress.
Then I can get even more creative and make a turban. Otherwise, I will have to wear my wig…
We finally managed to find a day when neither of us were busy AND the weather looked reasonable, so it was off on a train to Hastings. The train was a bit delayed due to an “incident”, so Rocco was getting a bit bored:
A lovely journey down in a quiet carriage and an excellent (and chatty) conductor. As usual, we left the train at St Leonards Warrior Square and walked down to the seafront through the gardens:
Finally, we got to a bit of dog friendly beach and Rocco could let off steam:
Then a quick trip along the pier; all surprisingly empty:
All too soon, it was time to find our pub for lunch. Rocco was (as usual) very well behaved, and I rewarded him with some trimmings from my steak. After lunch, we climbed up to West Hill (it was easy for me as I had a very enthusiastic dog helping) and Rocco could have a good run around while we enjoyed the view.
We then wandered back to the Hastings Station – and sat in our air-conditioned train until it was time to go home.
A lovely day out!