It was dull and raining so I left myself plenty of time to get to the class meeting room - Barrack Room 3- in Hampton Court at 9.30. I had slipped over yesterday while doing a test run of finding the meeting place and did not want to repeat that in the wet.
I teamed up with Elizabeth, a woman from Cornwall and a member of the West Country Embroiderers, who was also cautious with her knees! We enjoyed each other's company and hung out together.
It was a good group and the tutor, Heather Lewis, was attentive and clear. The room was an oddly cluttered space with a tiny area for morning tea. There were several levels up and down short sets of stairs.
The view through the round windows was great.
We got down to work quickly and learned a series of stump work techniques.
The RSN provided sitting hoops, magnifiers and most tools we needed. The tutor provided a kit.
The photo does not do justice to the graded colour with which we filled the daisy leaf. The leaves are worked on a white cotton and will be cut out and attached to the background of our piece.
We made a needle-lace leaf. I made a mistake with mine and will need to work out if I can rescue it.
We created a stem using detached ladder stem stitch. I was more successful here.
The piece de resistance was a sheep made of French knots. Using six strands of cotton in two different colours made all the difference here - a great effect.
At lunchtime we competed with the public for food and were free to move around the Palace.
Elizabeth and I popped briefly into the Chapel Royal and caught a few minutes of an organ concert.
We finished at four, by which time it had stopped raining, but was still overcast.
On many fronts this is a good thing to have done. I learned several techniques of stump work, met an interesting group of women, saw the Palace from a working perspective and had first-hand experience of the Royal School of Needlework. A pretty satisfying experience.