We struck gold when we were on holiday in Tideswell (in beautiful Derbyshire) the other week. Not only is it set in the most glorious countryside, it also has a deli, numerous lovely tea shops, a couple of pubs, 2 chippies (my boys were delighted), and a fantastic second hand book shop – Peak Volumes. So no concerns about what to do on a rainy afternoon… eat cake, buy books, and plan which chip shop you are going to frequent, of course. Amongst other brilliant bits and bobs, I brought home this little bit of retro goodness from the book shop. I couldn’t resist trying my own mini-version of the front cover to make another Artist Trading Card.
You notice the ATC obsession continues. It’s so nice to settle down to little bit of late night sewing – little being the significant word. The great thing about this kind of hand-sewing is you can pick it up, do a few stitches, and feel like you have made some progress, especially if they are stitches you *don’t* change your mind about and unpick later.
Bizarrely, there’s no instructions for this little house embroidery inside the book, so I just made it up as I went along, using loads of basic backstitch, a few French knots and a bit of couching and cross stitch here and there.
I think you can probably see that I really enjoyed making this! The Very Berry ATC swap is fast coming to its thrilling conclusion, and the Flickr group is looking more and more fabulous… it has been SUCH fun.