Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Knitting holidays in France 2016 knitting and crochet workshop with Carol Meldrum

We are into the 4th day of the workshop with Carol, the sun is shining and everyone seems happy. This group is truly international with guests from the US, UK, Spain and France. Carol has set a project for a cushion cover with the following brief -
'Dip into the world of modular textiles to create your very own design. Throughout the week we will focus on creating blocks and squares in a selection of techniques, so you can knit, crochet or mix and match to your hearts content'.

Here are some of her samples

On Sunday morning we went to a brocante and found a few bargains

Work in progress

Yesterday we went into Saintes for yarn and fabric shopping, a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre

shopping for chocolates

and tea, coffee and beer at the lovely cafe next to the museum

On the way home we stopped at Egreteau our local Cognac producer for a tour of the distillery, a tasting session and a cuddle with their dog Fern's 4 gorgeous puppies

Everyone bought bottles of Cognac and Pineau and I think we have just bought a puppy .............

Supper of Charentaise melon and feta cheese salad, lemon chicken with roasted vegetables and pavlova

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Fil en fete

The June/July knitting retreat coincided with Fil en Fete in St Jean d'Angely. This fabulous exhibition is held here every two years and showcases a stunning mix of patchwork, quilting, boutis, lacemaking, tapestry weaving and embroidery. The exhibits are in 8 different venues around the town and include a selection of stalls selling materials and finished products.

This amazing fan is made from recycled denim

silks for sale

I couldn't resist this dahlia outside one of the halls

a lace necklace nearly completed

and the grey one on the model at the top is now mine!

Culli's largest yarn bowl to date, we decided it was too lovely to cut a hole for the yarn

And this beautiful quilt is my favourite - made for me by my friend Sue and would definitely have been worthy of a space in the exhibition