The second day of Gay Sanderson's Hems and Edges class at the Embroiderers' Guild of SA in September was every bit as good as the first.
We began on a new square of linen, folded and pinned our hem, taking care to match our corner folds before tacking the hem down.
I preferred the drawn thread version on this 28 count linen, but I can see that the pulled thread one might be preferable on a fine handkerchief linen.
We needed to work enough to turn a corner, but I liked this one so much I finished it off at home and worked the fringe as well.
There is something deeply fulfilling about completing something very simple yet so neat and shapely with a needle and thread where there was once a raw edge.
I left, however, the back in several stages in order to use the piece as a sampler, to remind me how I did it.
Towards the end of the session, Gay produced a box of various objects she had created using these techniques. Amongst them was a hanging decoration made from a strip of linen twice as long as it was wide. She also gave us each a couple of pieces of linen she had machine-edged so we could try out extra ideas.
At home I used one of these to have a go at a hanging decoration, using a simple motif I found in the tiny Coats 50 Counted Thread Embroidery Stitches I had inherited from my mother many years ago.
I worked up quite quickly. Alas, I had checked the size of the fabric by folding, but did not get it right.
The technique worked, but did not deliver an object based on perfect squares.
It does, however, show the technique and the kind of result I can expect to achieve.
Once again, it was lovely way to spend a Sunday - learning techniques with a great teacher and sharing my learning and endeavours with a small group of like-minded women. Bliss.