WOYWW 318

                                       WE'RE ALL GOING ON A SUMMER HOLIDAY,
                                       NO MORE WORKING FOR A WEEK OR TWO.....

An alternative desk from me today!  I'm on my holidays and have been knitting Hooters like crazy in the evenings. But the really exciting thing to share is that I had the opportunity to visit Wipso and Twiglet!


Here they are...two lovely girls and great friends, sitting in Jo's new sewing room. It was very exciting for me to see where all the creativity goes on (I'd seen Annie's sewing room earlier) They had all the machines set up, but first there was some serious chatting and photo taking to be done!


It's not easy taking a selfie with a point and shoot camera, but you get the idea, lol!!


Jo had set up two of her machines and Annie brought one of her 6 to play with!


Me being a wimp! It is a very strange feeling to get used to at first, not sticking to straight lines and having to drop the feed dogs....I wasn't too good sewing by moving the hoop. But as soon as Jo told me about just holding the fabric (on which she's ironed Vilene) then I was away. As Annie says, it's all about practising, relaxing and letting go (cue the song from Frozen!)


Ok, so it's not brilliant but I was pleased with it!  It was a revelation that I could sew sideways (the fabric that is, not me!!) and not have to pivot the fabric around the needle.  I really enjoyed it by the end. Thank you for being such great teachers Jo and Annie :-)

It was such a lovely day - I was welcomed, fed, taught new skills.....oh, and we may have chatted a bit.......grin. What that really means is that we didn't draw breath from the moment I arrived to the moment that Gordon and Rhys came to pick me up!  That's the beauty of meeting WOYWWers isn't it? We already have so much common ground :-)

And here are the fab things that Jo and Annie gave me...





Some gorgeous fat quarters, a beautiful crazy patchwork covered book and a really smashing card...I was so thrilled with all these beauties. Thank you, Jo and Annie, it was a fantastic day. Hope we can meet up again very soon xxxxx




Have a great week everyone!




41 comments:

Ohhh Snap said...

Love the free motion cupcake : ). I can see you having a lot of fun with this. What a fabulous way to spend the day and the goodies are gorgeous!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

oh what a great post ... love it all Lunch Lady Jan and so good to be back at WOYWW again..

Would've loved to have been fly on the wall!! .. or maybe not as then couldn't have chatted with you all.. what fun!
Oh and lovely lot of goodies to use, as well as new skill taught .. what bounty again!

Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x No number yet.

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Lynda Beazley said...

Hi Jan what a lovely way to spend a day and you did well with your cupcake! I hope to spend a crafty day with my friend in the hols and she's going to help me sew some table mats…. I'll post my efforts another time! Hope you all ok?
Lynda B x

Helen said...

Glad you had such a fabulous time with two lovely ladies who really need to come to crop one time Even better that you all stopped chatting long enough to learn some new skills - I am impressed with the free-stitching. Helen 2

Judys Fabrications said...

Oh how lovely to have such a lovely day, and such lovely sewing goodies!
Judy #7

sue jones said...

How wonderful! I love what you have done - I would be scared too! Enjoy your holiday xx
Soojay 13#

Annie said...

Oh what a wonderful day we all had Jan.....life really should be filled with days like that shouldn't it? Thank you so much for coming....and yes we really must do it again soon [maybe when I've got the 6 machines in their new home?].
Hugs,
Annie x

Virginia said...

wow it looks like you are having an absolutely fabulous time, love what you created too - hoping to get my machine out and used over the summer!

Neet said...

How lovely to see photos of you and the sisters like that - and such big photos too which meant I could look and smile at you all and not squint to try to see you all. What a lovely day you had, and now you can sew sideways ... reminds me of something that happened at Vicky Stampers which made me smile. One lady could not get her guillotine to cut through the Bargello so another one told her to "turn it upside down" - so the lady turned the guillotine upside down - not the card!!! We did laugh.

Robyn Oliver said...

Well Jan, I have the biggest smile - you all had such a fabulous time, I can just imagine. And I think your 'artwork' is super....I like sewing but I've never tried free hand, one day maybe. Thanks for visiting my desk, enjoy your week Cheers RobynO#11

Twiglet said...

Thanks for coming Jan - we both really enjoyed our day and look forward to lots more. x Jo

Sue said...

It's so nice when we can meet up with friends. You all obviously had a lovely day together.

Happy WOYWW
Sue #22

Barb said...

What a happy post from you today. Great photos of your day visiting friends. Your cupcake looks lovely. Have another happy day today. Barb #16 xx

Anonymous said...

Oh man! I could use a tutorial from these fellow WOYWWERS for sure. I can't wrap my head around the free motion thing at all. Looks like you had a great day. What fun. Oh, and old eyes? My distance vision is improving but my close up vision remains the same. My MIDDLE distance, much like my actual MIDDLE, gas gone to hell! :)

MA

Julia Dunnit said...

I'm not alone in being jealous which makes me feel slightly better about things! LOVE that you free machined and that you liked it..the cupcake looks fab! How lovely.

Peg Robinson said...

Oh how wonderful to have an in person play date with friends. Just fab. Peg R 17

Anne said...

Have read all your accounts of your visit :-) what a fabulous time you all had. Your ' cup cake ' is fab I'm sure I'd not have managed anything as good. Enjoy your holiday. Anne x #28

Evalila said...

Looks like you had a fun time! Always great to make and be with new (and old) friends. Happy WOYWW, Evalila/Evelyn # 23

jan spencer said...

How lovely for your all to get together and have such fun, you would be totally challenged to teach me anything on a sewing machine, I can just about manage a line, not always straight.
Happy Hols,,
Jan no 31

My name is Cindy said...

Oh wow. what fun!! One day I am going to get involved with sewing again, especially freesewing and textile art as it really fascinates me. Anything really that DOESN'T involve sewing in a straight line!! Yes it was our 25th anniversary - thanks for stopping by! Happy WOYWW Cindyxx

Patsy Paterno said...

How exciting! I am sure you had a grand time! And yes, what you turned out is so pretty! :^) patsy

Kristiina Majuri said...

I just love free hand sewing, though mostly I do it on paper nowadays (easier the fabric, I think!) The going sideways or around in circles always feels weird to begin with :) happy woyww,
Kristiina #21

Shaz Brooks said...

Hiya Jan, way to go you. Happy that you had such a fab time- you're right, all WOYWWers are fabulous people! Hope you are all enjoying your holiday, and speak to you soon. Lots of love and hugs to you all, Shaz xxxx

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

What a wonderful visit you seem to have had. It's always so nice to get to meet people you been in touch with via the internet! Keep enjoying your holiday!
Glenda #33

Diana Taylor said...

Lovely to see you enjoying free machine embroidery, and the cupcake is fabulous. It looked like a fantastic time was had by all - hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday!

Angela Radford said...

So pleased to see you all enjoying your sewing and now the rest can't keep having a go at me for having so many machines Lol! Hee Hee! Thanks for the visit to mine.
Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 30

Tilly Tea Dance said...

Lovely to meet you LLJ, so glad you girls managed to squeeze in some sewing amongst all that giggling and selfie-taking!! Really hope you enjoy free-machine embroidery, it's brought me many hours of pleasure over the years :-)

Sandy Leigh said...

Well I am smiling from ear to ear! I just love Jo and Annie and I can't believe you got to visit these two amazing sewists! What a cool experience you had with dropping your feed dogs and free stitching--you go girl! Drop those feed dogs! Okay, we need t-shirts that say, "Drop Your Feed Dogs." Because I have not really just let go and done that technique and I've always wanted to and by the way, what's vilene? Is that stabilizer? Anyhoo, I love what you made, I love that you are on holiday, and that selfie of you guys is awesome!! We need a WOYWW selfie folder somewhere I think. Or have a "Selfie Week" so we can see all the lovely faces. But in the meantime, I'm glad you shared this. You guys are cute and it looks like you had so much fun. Hugs dearest! Sandy Leigh #37

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I'm just a tad jealous right now, Jan. From your photos, and Annie's, you all look as though you are having so much fun. And to have a lesson in free motion sewing too ... I'd love to be able to do that, intend to try it some day but, to date, haven't plucked up the courage to give it a go! ... lucky, lucky you :) The little embroidery you made is lovely. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Hugs, Elizabeth x #36

Nannie4 said...

Isn't vacation great? Looks like you ladies had a great time --- good for you! Non-stop yakking is the best -- I excel at that. Hee Hee! Love the cupcake.
Happy WOYWW
Nann4 #35

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Looks like much fun was had! What a great set up to have friends over to play. No wonder you had so much fun. It looks like I missed a good post last week, with your sachets and that fabulous photo of the tree. No actual desk photo on my post this week. Judy #47

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

How wonderful to meet them. Looks like you all had a great day. Enjoy the rest of your holiday x

Fiona #46 (my age!)

Ali H said...

Hi Jan looks like you had a brilliant day with the girls ! I always found a G&T and some nice swooshy music did wonders for freehand stitching ! Gets rid of the inhibitions and the fear of dropping the dogs ! Have a great holiday Ali #12

StampinCarol said...

Looks like you all had a most wonderful time!!! (And I can't even take a decent selfie with my smarty phone.) Enjoy your holiday!
Carol N #38

peggy aplSEEDS said...

How wonderful that you are near enough each other to get to visit! Looks like you all enjoyed your day and your cupcake looks great!
Happy WOYWW!
Hugs, peggy aplSEEDS@4

sandra de said...

Looks like you all had a great time and fab demo of your freestyle sewing.Have a lovely week.
Sandra de @32

Jill Kiln Fired Art said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun, the cup cake is brilliant

Shoshi said...

What fun, meeting up with friends and doing some sewing together! It looks as if you all had a great time, and I love your free motion sewing!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #42

Lisca Meijer said...

How wonderful you could all meet up! You had lots of fun, I can see that!
Interesting way to use a sewing machine. I spy a special 'foot' on the machine. That might be the secret.... as well as the hoop.
I'm sorry, I'm ever so late in commenting!
Have a good week,
Lisca#26

Shoshi said...

Thanks for your return visit LLJ. The bug is biting constantly - the problem is, my body won't oblige! I have so many ideas buzzing around, and different projects on the go that I am dying to get on with, but until I feel a bit better I can't do any of it! Very frustrating. Anyway, today I'm feeling a bit better so hopefully I'lll get some things done before the next treatment on 24th (the half-way point!). Thanks for the vibes and the big squishy hugs - those are the best kind lol!

Shoshi

Hettie said...

Ahhh I just know you had a good day with those two lovely ladies. I bet your sides were aching today from all the giggling.
Hugs
xx

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