Sunday, September 4, 2016

Making up Kits

Long time, no blog post! Winter's unwelcome bugs made themselves felt here and things rather ground to a halt for a while. I have done no stitching for weeks but I did do something embroidery related.

Dresden Lily by Lyn Warner
Unfortunately I had to cancel my Dresden Lily pulled thread class that I was scheduled to teach at Ighali*. Talk about disappointing! I was so looking forward to it. Apologies again to everyone who had booked and who at the last minute had to transfer to other classes. It seems I missed a most wonderful embroidery convention this year. You can see some photos here on the Cape Embroiderers' Guild Facebook page.

Even though I would not be going to Knysna to teach at Ighali, I was very pleasantly surprised when I was asked to send along my kits. I had done some preparation and thought it would be quick to finish assembling them, but somehow kits always take longer to prepare than I expect.

Not feeling my best, I did a little each day and I even had my very sweet cleaning lady to help measure out the thread on the day when she came in to work.

In the end the kits were completed. Linen cut and edged, printing done, envelopes ready, threads labelled and notes tweaked.

Carefully checking the contents for each kit, almost there...

I intended to try and avoid any plastic packaging but in the end I decided that it would keep the materials clean and safe. Better safe than sorry - echoes of my mom and my gran there. The ziplock bags can also be used to store the work in progress.

Happiness is ... finally slipping the printed instructions and the materials into their prepared and labelled envelopes. I was so pleased to have this step completed that I forgot to take a photo of the kits all packed and ready to go. 

The other photo that I missed taking was putting the envelopes into a large Corn Flakes box for the car trip to Knysna!!! Well, maybe not elegant, but everything did arrive safely. I had lots of help, and offers of help along the way, and I thank everyone for the part they played in getting the kits to their recipients! 

By next time, I hope to have tracked down the little project I worked on some time ago but couldn't reveal at the time.

Till then, happy stitching!

*Ighali means 'threads' in one of the 11 official languages in South Africa and is the name of a national embroidery convention held every two years.
Acknowledgement: The Lily was adapted from a photo with permission of owner and author Heather Toomer.


  1. There's nothing quite like the look of a crisp new kit, is there? Congratulations on getting them done when you were not well. I'm so sorry you have been poorly. I do hope you are on the mend.

    1. I couldn't agree more. A new kit and the start of new project, now that is something I just love! Thanks for the good wishes and I hope you have managed to avoid any winter bugs down in your part of the world.

  2. Preparing kits must involve much more work than we realise.
    Sorry to hear you and your students missed the course.
    Take care of your health, and remember that stitching is good medicine!

    1. I very seldom prepare kits, but the few I have done have made me appreciate the ones you see with lots of different threads types, a variety of colours and small packs of beads. That must be a big job to plan and prepare. Mine were very straightforward.
      I'll be sure to take lots of stitching medicine, thanks!