I sure am! There is a lot going on at the moment and all of it is fun! I have eleven new sewers going through my classes at the YWCA with the majority being very keen to learn more and continue on. Tomorrow is the final session of Basics I where the ladies will get to make their first project which is a simple shoulder bag. Basics II starts later in October and I think nearly everyone has already signed up for those classes.
I’m getting ready for the Helena May Bazaar on Thursday, 14 October which is held from 9am to 6pm. This is a photo I took of a few pieces that I’ll have available. I’m showcasing my pearl jewellery this year.At the bazaar, I will be launching my Pearl Party concept. A Pearl Party is perfect for anyone who is looking for a fun activity to do with friends or a theme for a gathering (bridal shower, going away party, birthday). I will bring in a selection of pearls and have all the supplies. After preparing the difficult or fiddly aspects of making a pearl necklace, I’ll instruct and lead the group. At the end of a leisurely 3 hours, everyone will have a completed necklace to show. The Pearl Parties I have done in the past have been a huge success and provide wonderful memories for all who attended.
A few weeks ago, I had a photo of this embroidery which I completed for a book. Well, here is the finished book! I had so much fun doing this book that it has inspired me to do more. Unfortunately, the beginning bookmaking course runs for 5 consecutive Mondays and I do not have 5 consecutive Mondays available for the remainder of this year! I will have to book this into my schedule come the new year. I really am pleased with the brass butterfly hardware catch that I used as a closure on the book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is remotely interested in picking up a new hobby. Go to www.bookworks.com.hk for more information.
Later this week I am going to be leading a sewers tour of Sham Shui Po. I have put together a map of my favorite places for fabrics, buttons, ribbons, zippers, buckles, … ; all those things you need for sewing. I am always on the lookout for amazing fabric so while wandering through the Hawkers Bazaar I spotted this cotton face/satin back hunter green and black jacquard fabric. It is absolutely beautiful and will make a great jacket. I asked the cost and it was HK$40/yd. I started looking at it and noticed that about every yard there was a scorch mark across the full width (you can see them in this photo) which probably happened in the factory during finishing. I pointed this out to the vendor and asked for a lower cost. After a frown and huge sigh, she grabbed her calculator and typed in HK$30/yd. “Hmmm” I said, “Lots of damage, see, here and here…”. I spent a bit more time looking at the fabric like I was really interested and then picked up her calculator and tapped in HK$25/yd. “Ay ya”, she said which translates roughtly to “Are you serious?”. After a bit more to’ing and fro’ing, we finally agreed on my last price for 4 yards. I come from a long line of bargainers and I could feel my Dad smiling down upon me for getting this fabric for this low of a cost. I thanked her profusely and walked away feeling very, very pleased. I’ll have to do some creative cutting and pick a jacket style that has a lot of cut and sew lines to ensure that the pattern pieces are small enough to fit between the damage, but to get this type of fabric for HK$25/yard where it would easily cost that much in US$ in a fabric store in the States, I can handle doing a bit of extra work.
Here is another find from this past week. This headband is made using Chinese knots in a very creative way. The hard plastic band is covered with a flat knot (or square knot for your macrame’ers) where the band is used instead of a base cord. As an asymetrical accent, two pan chang knots are joined with what looks like a brocade knot on top that is shaped to look like a butterfly. Very ingenious.
And finally for today’s post, if anyone is interested in a holiday to the Top of the South Island in New Zealand, some friends of mine have a wonderful boutique apartment accommodation. Ron & Fiona Oliver are very lovely people and will no doubt treat any guests like family. Their house is built on the Kina Peninsula very near to the town of Motueka. Their website is definitely worth a look, www.almyra.co.nz.
This week I’ll be teaching 3 classes on Monday, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Mixed in there will be some pearl knotting and jewellery making, some sewing and, hopefully, a bit of stitching. Unfortunately, stitching has taken a back seat at the moment primarily because Nikki is out of town and I do not have my regular Thursday afternoon sessions to go to.
Have a great week everyone and those of you in Hong Kong, enjoy this beautiful Autumn weather we are having!