|Dresden Lily by Lyn Warner|
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.