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Bubbles and Embroidery

The teams were just bursting with ideas, when Kate used ‘bubbles’ as a warm-up activity to start the sessions.

From cherries and some glorious sunrises to a vignette of a seaside town, a close-up of the optic nerve and a black hole devouring the universe, the pictures, and the stories behind them, were quite astonishing.

During the morning session at Hildesley, Kate demonstrated how she ironed their archive pictures and words onto fine cotton.

This sparked a wonderful conversation in which we learned from Ina that she used lawn cotton to make undergarments and that it took 2 yards of fabric to make a dirndl skirt.

Joan told us about applying eye liner to the back of her legs to make it look like seamed stockings and the damage done to real stockings by the scratchy net underskirts they wore; all the women agreed that their dads were really strict about what they wore when they went out at night.

After that, we all settled down to some more embroidery, adding details to the stitched pictures

Over at Pakefield in the afternoon, the children were excited to be ‘doing some more sewing’.

Soon, there were lots of frowns of concentration and gasps of exasperation as they struggled to thread needles, pulled the yarn out too far or got it tangled.

Yet they all agreed it was worth it and that they were pleased with what they had achieved.

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