Earlier in the year whilst working on designing and teaching courses with one side of my brain I did some small painted pictures for the Scottish Women's Institute Federation show in April.
This was the entry for 'Flowers', it achieved a silver star which I was delighted with. It is painted with acrylics on cotton.
And this one was for the ‘Stormy Sea’ category. There were a lot of very impressive very stormy sea pictures. Mine is a bit of a gentle storm, all I can say is that it looked stormier when it was wet! It got, I think. 3 points.
About the same time I spent an evening cutting out, not one but two dress patterns.One for a long sleeved tunic in a white on white striped cotton, and a dress type tunic thing in red gingham. Very excited and pleased with my industrialness that evening, I sat down to sew them up, only to discover that I didn't have any white cotton in the house, not a thread. A dozen or more reels in the Cabin & Barn, but not a useable one in the house.
Quite a few in my vintage cotton reel collection that I display in an old type setting drawer, but the thread on these has deteriorate too far and wouldn’t survive a modern sewing machine’s tension. I did contemplate getting out one of my hand Singer sewing machines ….. I STILL haven’t sewn up these tunics! Life got a little frenetic, so maybe they’re for next summer now.