But now onto much pleasanter things, when I last posted I was about to go away to The Sampler Guild retreat in the Cotswold's.
We stayed at the Wroxton House Hotel just outside Banbury & it was wonderful. Comfortable rooms, lovely food & nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the staff. Most of the time was spent in the stitching room & I enjoyed the luxury of being able to focus on my stitching for a weekend.
My goal for the weekend was to do the finishing on Merry Cox's Tend Thy Sheep, the most recent class that she offered through the Shinning Needle Society. So here is my finished box:
A close up of the Smalls, Tend Thy Sheep copyright From Merry's Heart 1998
The one time we left the hotel was to pay a visit to Sulgrave Manor. I'm sure that I don't need to tell many of my American visitors that Sulgrave was the ancestral home of George Washington's family.
Our guide gave us a very comprehensive tour of the building highlighting their textile collection. As the light levels in the building were not good I wasn't able to get many decent pictures. The ones that I did where of some replica Elizabethan bed curtains which were made from slips stitched over ten years by a large number of stitchers both here and in the US.
It's a bit blurry but I thought that you all would like this photo of an original hornbook from their collection.