Very exciting plans are afoot this Summer. The lovely Ros Badger (Author of one of the Simple Makes books: Hook, Yarn and Crochet and supreme knitter) and I are running the craft workshops at the beautiful Port Eliot festival down in Cornwall between the 24th and 27th of July.

I’ve always wanted to go to this festival and we are so excited to have been asked to participate. Over the three days we will be running several workshops a day. We still have to finalise what we are actually going to be doing but there’s definitely going to be headdresses, garlands, pom poms, paper boats and crochet involved. Click the image below for more information.

port eliot website

One of our ideas is to have a Paper Boat Regatta at twilight down on the estuary. (Ideally candle lit if we don’t set fire to the boats!) I’ve been busy practicing different ways of making boats … with varying levels of success!

paper boats

I’ll be posting more experimentations and details on here so stay tuned!!

First a little apology… Sorry to my subscribers who are getting this post for a second time as I accidentally sent it out last week due to a slip of my big fat fingers! Seeing as I hadn’t actually given Lizzi and Hugo their gift then it didn’t seem right that the world got to see it before them.

Anyway, continue.

Hugo and Lizzi get married

Hurrah Hurrah! Two of my most wonderful friends got married a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful relaxed wedding down in sunny Helford with invites sent by text message (bit like organising a rave), a brass band trumpeted Lizzi down the ailse with a rendition of The Floral Song (them being Cornish and all), the marriage certificate got turned into a paper aeroplane and flown across the reception at some point in the night and there was no gift list.

I know our presence rather than our presents were what really mattered on the day but it didn’t feel right that they didn’t have anything to open … Everyone loves a gift.

On the long train journey home from Cornwall I got all inspired to make them this wall hanging commemorating the day and their gorgeous family. I used lots of leftover scraps of fabric and had fun practicing my freehand machine embroidery skills on the applique motif of The Shipwrights Arms where the reception was held.

Lizzi and hugo

Here’s how I did it.

Personalised wall hanging

Looking at it in these pictures I’ve realised that I really should embroider the date somewhere on the hanging, so I’m off to do that now.