Saturday the 3rd of October was the first session of the Sherston Sewing School. Held in the British Schoolroom in Sherston,(also The Congregational Church)
We were four students, with little or no previous experience, and myself. We wore our masks and socially distancing was easy in such a beautiful and open space.
It was wonderful to meet together all full of enthusiasm to teach, to learn and to be creative together. Much needed in the current climate.
First things first, we had everyone practise with their machines on paper without thread, then thread in cloth, learning to go slowly and carefully, learning foot control and guiding the direction of the stitches. This helped students develop confidence with their machined.
We worked on two projects. Firstly, A lace-edged cotton handkerchief was attempted. This proved to be more challenging than the second project, a simple cover for a cushion, which everyone managed. Some great examples were produced by the students (see pictures) Lucy Tom our village interiors shop was on hand to supply lovely fabric for the cushions.
The atmosphere was great (blessed obviously) and everyone went home feeling that they had had a good experience.
Next weeks lessons are 'make-do and mend'.
The Sherston Sewing School is run by Goug her cousin Sue Palmer, who has been making clothes for HRH Princess Anne for many years.
They teach to small groups, with COVID measures in place, every Saturday. 10am - 4 pm.
For anyone in the Wiltshire area who may be interested, please contact Goug on 07788558035