Hello my friends. I’m late today… have had three appallingly bad nights on the trot, so waking this morning definitely carried a government health warning! (As does this post – it’s a bit longer than normal – sorry Julia!!) However… better late than never – so my desk today!
As you can see, I am doing some pergamano upstairs on my landing work space. You can see my parchment, embossing mat, ball tools for embossing, the storage containers for the rest of my tools, some printed images ready for cards for the hotel, an open tin of wax for sticking the ball tool into so it slides smoothly over the parchment, my address labels, and the usual clutter. So many of you didn’t know what pergamano was, I thought I’d best take a couple of extra shots to show you.
This is the pattern I hope to do It was in the Parchment craft magazine. I’ll change it a little so as to make it into a card rather than place it on a stand. As you can see there is a lot of work in it. First up trace the design onto a piece of parchment…
Then begin to emboss the pattern on the back or front, depending on whether that part of the pattern needs to be elevated or made into a valley! You do this a bit at a time because you are warming the parchment and stretching it. So, do an hour, then go and do something else, etc! After this I will need to prick a pattern in the parchment with a sharp pointed tool – not out yet, nor will be until I’m ready to do that part – so keep your eyes open for part 2!!! It will take a few days to do a pattern this size – that’s an A4 piece of parchment!
So, what do I do when waiting for the parchment to rest?
< I crochet together blankets. You all seem to think I crochet really fast - not at all true - I simply do the joining up on most of these blankets - especially the knitted ones. A local lady makes these fantastic coloured strips - and I put them together as a whole. These two are about 4feet square - so ideal for an older person in Uganda to keep warm in the evenings.
Or…. I make bags. The first 10 are now made and ready to go out when the group leave here in July for Uganda.
Or alternately, I pop down to the Welsh Highland Railway station at Caernarfon, buy my resident’s pass which gives me the privilege of travelling for 1/3rd of the normal fare…. and…
…. spend a day on the train, travelling through the most stunning scenery, made even more so by the glorious day, and get fantastic views all day. This is Snowdon – Wales’ highest mountain at 3,500feet, for those not in Britain. Excuse the reflection – it was taken through the train window!
So, there you have it folks – that’s me. Still basking in that glorious day out, still working on the birthday card, still sewing together squarish squares and strips of knitting, and setting out on my second set of 10 bags for Uganda.
Take care dear friends. God bless.