In August I did another Estense class with Christine Bishop at the Embroiderers' Guild. I had enjoyed the Certificate Course workshop so much, and gained so much from it, that I wanted more.
We met over a Saturday and Sunday, about ten of us, all engaged and eager.
The project was a pin-cushion, with an option for enlarging it to a cushion.
It is in the lovely, rich colours of the tiles of the Ferrara region of Italy.
We made good progress in class, and I went home and worked on in the evenings. It is mesmerising and the combination of counted and drawn thread work very engaging.
I decided against a pincushion and in favour of another jewellery pouch.
I blocked it first
then folded the linen to form a pocket, lined it in silk and inserted a zip.
A lot of fun, some learning, convivial company and a useful and beautiful item.