dd#2 and I have just got back from the National Needlecraft Spring Fair
at Olympia, London. My Mum was meant to come with me but had to pull
out at the last minute so, with a ticket to spare, I decided to take my
9yo Emmie - and what great company she was!
We got there at about 11.00am and decided to dump our coats, have a
quick recce and then a cup of tea to steel our nerves for the rest of
for fellow RCTNers - so if you were affronted by the tartan clad woman
with dodgy hair scanning bosom areas - well that was me!
The only one I met was Carol Leather from X-calibre. She was
demonstrating the Easy Cross software while her vdh(?) was in charge of
her designs. She showed me the Hardanger design which is being taught
at HOCS - it is just lovely. While we were chatting Emmie went to look
at some of her designs and picked out a teddy bear kit which was half
price. Now this kit is just wonderful - the directions are clear and
the thread is all presorted and labelled. I know that we as ***s find
it frustrating when faced with a big knot of colour but for a 9yo it is
Emmie spent her 10 on the teddy bear kit, a Piglet bookmark, some DMC
and a couple of cover kits from magazines which were going cheap. What
she really wanted was a floor frame but alas her pocket money doesn't
stretch to such extravagances .... still she has a birthday in July so
you never know. Oh yes, she also bought a tapestry kit - what a horrid
thing it is - a picture of Pluto pre printed on some really *** canvas
and some garish acrylic to do it in. On the way home she said it would
be difficult to know which colour to put where because the lines weren't
straight .... funny! that's what I kept saying but she wouldn't listen.
My pocket money went on a dozen of those plastic-pretending-to-be-wood-
frame-thingies (don't sneer at the back there - they will be excellent
for school fundraisers). I also bought some crochet leaflets and thread
as I have picked this up again after 25 years and a book on lacemaking.
Although I was sorely tempted many times I decided I do have enough
stitching stash to be getting along with and anyway Erica Killens has
promised to show me the S.E.X. hotspots around Brampton Ontario when I
go to see my dsis next month.
We decided to pass on lunch as the prices were shocking! I did a very
good impression of my Mum when we saw the menu - SHRIEK - HOW
MUCH????!!!!! so Emmie had a small bun and a promise of a trip to
McDonalds and I had a cup of tea. Vowed, as I always do, to bring a
packed lunch next time.
We then went down to have a look at some of the displays and I was yet
again inspired to do a City and Guilds course but I don't know where
I'll find the time and money. vdbf is quite keen for me to do a Masters
and we are saving for it - I wonder if I can convince him that this is
the same thing ;)
Well after that we decided that we were tired and hungry so we went to
McDonalds (bleeeaaah!) and then home. Unfortunately Emmie had gotten
her second wind and twittered away all the way home about how she really
doesn't want to marry Harvinder Bajwa of year 6 any more because Emmie
Bajwa will just sound weird .... and on... and on.... while I just
wanted to fall asleep on the tube with my mouth open like I ussually do.
A good time was had by all!
stef -Hounslow, England