I went along to the North Herts and Beds Embroiderers' Guild on Saturday, and the speaker for the afternoon was Fan My Flame who had been asked to give a demo of the sock creatures she makes. I took a pair of pink and black striped socks (new ones, of course!) with me, and swapped one of mine with one from the nice lady sitting next to me, who just happened to have a co-ordinating pair. I didn't stitch my creature while I was there, but I made loads of notes, in the hope that I'd be able to decipher my own handwriting sufficiently to make mine when I got home. Anyway, I did and here it is ....
I had a call from my sister this morning to thank me for it - she didn't get it until she got home last night, and apparently it caused quite an upset in their house. She unwrapped it, watched in eager anticipation by her bouncy, black Labrador puppy, Bentley - who then proceeded to howl and cry for over half an hour because he wanted it, and she wouldn't give it to him. In the end she had to take it upstairs and hide it just to shut him up.
You see, some of you might sell your beautiful work in galleries, or at craft fairs, or from websites - but how many of you can say that your work reduces a puppy to tears? You've either got it or you haven't.
Wild Dog Blues - Willy Mason