A few days relaxing in the Yorkshire Dales last weekend was just the ticket. We stayed in a tiny cottage in the village of Bainbridge. The weather forecast was not favourable but the rain stayed away and the sun came out on Saturday. We pottered around all the little villages in the area, stopping for a cuppa here and there and buying some gorgeous treats from the lovely Askrigg Village Kitchen (Mr T loves the caramel shortcake). We were very surprised when the bakery was featured on Countryfile on Sunday evening. One of our outings took us to Bedale where I spotted this amazing clematis standing outside a florist's shop.
I took a small selection of making bits and bobs and enjoyed sitting in the cottage sewing. Show and tell coming up!
Pale blue and chocolate linen & lace brooch
natural linen with a smoke mother of pearl button
Shades of Ochre kilt pin - lace and linen embellished with hand embroidery
Tiny hexi brooch
Broderie anglaise, lace and linen kilt pin - pale blue with an accent of chocolate
We always visit Farfield Mill near Sedbergh when we are in the Dales. Four floors of inspiration await you in this vibrant arts and heritage centre. Housed in a restored Victorian woollen mill on the edge of Cumbria and Yorkshire - now the leading venue for textile arts in the North West. An exhibition by the British Tapestry Group entitled Metamorphosis was fascinating, as was a lace making demonstration. The lady had over 135 pairs of lace bobbins on her knee to create a piece four inches in diameter. I was fascinated to watch her create such an intricate piece of lace, the skill required simply to keep track of the pattern and bobbins is unbelievable. It will take her over six weeks to complete the work. The thread was Egyptian cotton and so fine it was hard to see it. There were some exquisite example of antique hand made lace. A meander around Sedbergh's many bookshops was the perfect end to our short break.
Until next time..... hope you are all well. Jayne