Doesn't time fly? It was back in the cold dark days of February thatI bought my tickets for the FW Retreat, and here we are, just 7 days away. So if you've hopped over from the linky on flickr, welcome to my little bloggie world.
I'm English, living in the Cech Republic with my husband (also English), two dogs and two cats. It's a beautiful part of the world, there's a few posts here and here if you'd like to see a bit more. I've always been a knitter - mum must taught me when I was young, and I've since taught myself to crochet.
That's me on the right teaching my friends to crochet!
I learnt the basics of sewing at school (thank you Mrs Jeffries) and in my younger days I did a bit of dressmaking, with reasonable success. Then one day, about 2 years ago, I came across "Oh Fransson" and the rest, as they say, is history. I'm self taught off the internet and books, and I still don't think I'm a brilliant sewista - I have trouble holding a straight line, and a 1/4 inch seam. My cutting out is not wonderful . I do have numpty moments where I sewing things together back to bront, inside out, upside down. You know how it is! And I never get to see other people sewing as all my sewing is done at home alone. So I'm looking forward to doing a lot of stalking at the Retreat, just watching how real sewists do it.
Of course I can't wait to meet the friends I have made on the internet. Are you going to be like I think you are? And what about all the people I don't really know very well - so many new friendships to look forward to. I think sewing (and knitting) is something that should be done with a cuppa, and chatting with friends, and I think there'll be a fair bit of that!
And then there's the workshops. Because I'm not able to take a machine, I tried to choose something where I could hand sew, so I'm doing the English paper Piecing and Freezer Paper pieceing, both techniques I wanted to learn. Then I'm having a go at Lynnes Union Jack, well just because I've always wanted to do this, and hopefully I can get to borrow a machine.
I'm a little nervous about being let loose in London on my own - I'm not a big city girl at all. But I know I'll be OK. For heavens sake, I'm quite happy to pootle around cities like Berlin and Prague alone, so I should be able to cope in a city where I speak the language.! But there's plenty of other people to keep me in check!
So I'll be off to London on Friday, arriving from Bratislava. I have my name tag, from Nicole at Follow the white bunny.
I've got my sample swaps
Just got the supplies to sort out and my bag to pack. Then I'm off! CAN'T WAIT!! See you all soon