I set off for the East End, one tube line closure and a very expensive taxi ride later, I arrived in Bethnal Green and was excited to see that the delightful Jessie Chorley had prepared a little pack of goodies for each of us attendees, to get us started.
The theme was Christmas. I was not feeling that Christmassy, I have to confess. That only usually takes place for me after my and the Munchkin's birthdays in late October/early November. But I could not resist getting stuck in upon seeing the beautiful examples Jessie had made. Pretty cakes, for fuel, too!
Jessie invited us to make some Christmas cards, a decorated bauble and a little hanging decoration, all influenced by her distinctive style.
Jessie always brings cases full of lovely crafty materials to which we are all invited to help ourselves. That's my idea of Christmas!
Some of Jessie's work was on display to inspire us.
I had also brought some materials of my own. I found this box at a vide grenier (or car boot sale) in France last Summer and I am always squirrelling away bits of vintage lace and trims.
Being the magpie that I am, mine were possibly quite bright and festive looking.
After the workshop, which as always, passed far too quickly, we were invited back to Jessie's shop on Colombia Road, a short walk away. It was dusk and the shop looked very inviting upon arrival.
Inside, it was like a very pretty fairy grotto.
Beautiful items, handmade by Jessie and her friend Budding, often using found objects, were on display.
I treated myself to a beautiful silk petticoat which had been patched and stitched by Jessie.
Since the workshop, I have enjoyed spending the odd hour here and there, between quilt commissions, working some more on my pieces.
Sometimes working on a teeny tiny scale. Here, a Fair Isle stocking to hang from the fireplace.
I even made a new piece, using some lovely stamps I bought from Jessie.
Good friends deserve to be thanked.
Thank you too, for reading along today. Xxx