Inspired by Gaudí in Barcelona

The photographs speak for themselves. This was such an inspirational trip although not sure my husband was so enthralled. I really have to go back as so much more I must see and maybe with my friend Julie who would appreciate Gaudí much more than Jonathan.

It was around 22-24degrees but with the breeze I still needed my cardigan. Then again I doubt I would go anywhere without one even managed to wear one in Sri Lanka in January. It wasn’t just Gaudí work here that was amazing but he certainly came top for me. I grew up with Dr Seuss cat in the hat and was constantly reminded of it when I checked out Gaudí architecture. It was way out but at the same time the attention to detail was incredible from the shape to the colour and how it would look best depending on its exposure to daylight.
Gaudí was definitely a man I should have met, yet again I feel I was born to late as the 20’s was my era.
Modern sculpture using the old railway in the industrial area that was revamped for the Olympic Games 

We took the open top bus for two days and there really isn’t a better way to travel in Barcelona.

I loved  the old iron work everywhere. Gaudí did amazing work not just in architecture but in many areas of design such as wood iron and glass. His family were coppersmiths so he was brought up with this in his blood.

IrishMinidoe classes and coursework

Getting closer to Summer, an increase in interest in hand embroidery and I am progressing through my own level 3 course in hand embroidery with the school of stitches textiles

The stash bashing class was very popular and what impressed me the most was the creativity of the ladies coming up with their own ideas


Smudge below showing off a recent quilt I made. She loves to test my samples, etc

Traditional embroidery classes on a Wednesday evening monthly  have become very popular and I am delighted that people want to hand sew

Two workshops with this gorgeous Japanese dotty fabric.

Hardanger which I hope to add to my embroidery class soon

Game of Thrones tapestry and the link with the linen industry here in N.Ireland

A linen display goes up alongside the Game of Thrones tapestry of which I was one of the embroiderers, at the Ulster museum Belfast. My nail bitten fingers can be seen clearly in the top left photograph. The other stitchers seen close up are Aimee recently graduated from college and Roisin a weaver from the museum. Valerie Wilson and her team  did a great job on connecting our past with the present here.

There are many other photographs regarding the linen Industry in Ireland specifically Co Antrim so it’s well worth a visit even if you have already been to see just the tapestry.

Westies Day at Mount Stewart

It was a horrible day with the rain pelting down but there was a free entry to Mountstewart so I thought it would a

Be a good chance for Westie and their owners to see what Mount Stewart had in store even under the worst conditions
Smudge invited her friends but wasn’t hopeful initially.

Fortunately the rain didn’t put everyone off.
Her first guest

All prepared for the weather and a big welcome from the staff at reception of Mount Stewart

A bit bedraggled but fun morning with all her friends who turned out