It’s quite strange – who would have thought I use ‘Just Lovely’ quite so often! 🙂
Last Sunday Duncan and I packed some sandwiches and headed off to Hampton Court. It was the annual exhibition of work by the apprentices of the Royal School of Needlework.
The apprenticeship is 3 years, the first two learning different embroidery techniques and the final year is more business based with work placements in the RSN’s studio as well as externally..
This year’s exhibition was a little disappointing in 2 ways, as the course is being phased out, there was only work from the final year students – so it was smaller than when we’ve been before and probably because of this it was in a room outside the palace, when we went before it was in the Queen’s chambers – a big imposing room with wooden panelling – just the kind of room where you’d imagine some of the techniques were developed..
The work we did see was by no means disappointing – I’ve said it before, but there are some very clever women out there.. Unfortunately not all the graduates had websites, but [this one](http://gracetextiles.carbonmade.com/) showcases one of my favourite pieces of the exhibition [this lily in silk shading](http://gracetextiles.carbonmade.com/projects/2071449). There was also an amazing dragon in goldwork, but photography wasn’t allowed and I can’t find any photographs..
This afternoon we went into Wimbledon to buy silly hats and other necessities for our honeymoon. I can’t believe it’s only 2 weeks away! We’re going on a safari in Tanzania, hence the silly hats, I have a feeling there will be quite a lot of khaki!