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Good morning, my friends. I do trust this finds you well. I was AWOL last week – more about that later – but still can’t quite believe how quickly the time has gone since I last posted! So, to business – the reason we are all here – my desk!

As you can see, I am at the pergamano again. Apart from the day light lamp, the parchment and tools, on my desk there is the usual muddle of bits including a box of small sized inks which I was using for Easter cards. Now, I promised you part two of the pergamano fan – and so here it is.

The fan is now completely embossed from the back, and here is turned right side up. The next stage is to prick the “holey” bit – just VERY lightly! You hardly push the end of the tool into the parchment.

The picture above shows you the pricked parchment, then when that is complete, you go over it again, this time pushing the tool right in and thus expanding the holes. I hope you can see the two different sized holes. When that is complete, you take some special curved scissors and with a rather strange twist, you cut the holes. This design is going to leave some really narrow sections in the parchment! Gulp!! Hope I can achieve it – I would hate to ruin it at this stage! As you see – it takes time – I think that is why I like it so much.

So, when not doing this parchment… what else have I been up to…

Yes, I’m still working my way down the pile of squarish squares – another blanket finished for Uganda.

I finished a second set of ten bags for the children. I think I exhausted my sewing machine doing this – as when I was trying to sew something this morning the machine ground to a halt, and seized up! I’ve had to take it in for a major service and repair. Uh-oh! I see a large bill looming – but it’s a good machine, so I would rather like to keep it.

Then I made a couple of cards. This is for my daughter’s mother in law, who, at 80, has just knitted the most gorgeous jumper for the babies in Uganda.


So, that’s what I have been up to when at home… but where was I last week??

I went visiting. Daughter number 1 lives in Nottingham – and daughter number 2 was visiting with her family, so I went and joined them for a day – and we went off to Attenborough reservoir where they have a small boat. Great fun was had by all out on the water – and, yes, even I was persuaded to get in and go for a sail. Never done it before – don’t swim, am terrified of the water – but I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Yes, I did turn around and face the way I was going – and had control of the ropes for the front sail. A pretty cold day out there on the water – hence the coats, hats, and gloves.

So that’s it folks from North Wales. Mrs D, her hubby and I all had a day out in the sun in Beddgelert last Saturday – a glorious walk along the river and through the village, ending up watching the local preserved train being shunted back and forth along the line for photo opportunities. Great fun!

Take care, folks. God bless.


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One Reply to “WOYWW410”


    Vickie aka Okienurse
    Love the pictures of all the stuff you have made! I am reading a book at the moment and answering posts. I hope by evening to feel like doing something in the craft room. I get so tired so easy so it is book reading between active periods. Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by my desk earlier! Vickie #38
    Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:10:55

    The attention to detail on that fan is breathtaking Margaret WOW 🙂 ~Stacy #32
    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:04:35

    Wow Margaret what a brave lady in such a small boat! I have the same fears and can’t swim well either, horrah for life jackets! I am so proud of you. The pergamano isn’t half bad either LOL well it is amazing actually. Shame about the sewing machine, hope they sort it out without too much cost, know what it is like to keep the same machine going, they become like friends. Thanks for visiting me yesterday, just getting round to catching up now. BJ#5
    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:56:04

    Wow, that embossed fan looks so pretty but so delicate. I sure would like to see the finished product. Have a great week! Dorlene #34
    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:39:02

    Well good for you M, how about that for a bucket list achievement. And you didn’t fall in or crack your head on a boom. REsult. I cannot, will never get over your patience and skill with the pergamano, it’s just beautiful. Even if from where I’m looking, it looks as if you have to look through a loo seat to do it!!!
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:45:34

    Well done you, very brave. I have to say it took me a long time to pick up courage to learn to swim as my mother was always afraid of water so wasn’t really fussed about me learning then when I was 25 I decided to give it a go and was surprised how quick I picked it up. If you learn with a proper class where the water is shallow and everyone is the same as you it’s actually good fun. There was one very old lady who was in the class and apparently she liked it so much she had continued with the class long after she learned to swim, think she liked the company too. Thanks for the visit to mine, have a great woyww and a happy crafty week, Angela xXx20
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:16:11

    Hi Margaret, Glad you had fun with your family and with your friends. Your cards are lovely, as is the blanket and bags for the kids. Your fan is beautiful. I have lost count of the number of parchment things that have gone wrong and so required a butterfly to cover the mistake. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy WOYWW Sue #17
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:09:32

    Hi Margaret, you have been busy (I think I say that to you every week!) and I’m not surprised your sewing machine has decided it’s time for a service after sewing up all those bags 🙂 Lovely cards too. As for your first sailing experience, I salute you for trying something new and enjoying it too. Have a great Easter weekend. Elizabeth x #27
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:18:24

    My daughter visits Nottingham regularly, as her ‘other half’ has family there (he only came to the south for Uni, met my daughter and ended up staying) – I love the photographs she comes home with after a visit there 🙂 I love that you make these blankets and bags – how thoughtful you are! I still wish I had the patience for pergamano… maybe one day … 🙂 Have a wonderful Wednesday! Bubbles #26
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:15:50

    Hi Margaret, I can only admire your patience, and skill! The fan is looking amazing, I’d be too terrified to touch it myself, I know I’d make some terrible clumsy error. Lovely cards, and sounds like you had a lovely family day. I know you will laugh, but as your first picture opened on my PC, I thought-‘ What’s Margaret got a loo seat on her desk for?’- then realised it was your magnifying lamp! I think I need more coffee, lol. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #4 XxXx
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:29:32

    Ali Wade
    Happy WOYWW. You have been busy. I did start doing some Pergamano a couple of years ago, but soon realised that it could be another very expensive way of filling my craft room with stuff that I wouldn’t use very often, so sold my supplies and put that into the basket of ‘a craft I tried’. That fan looks tricky. Ali x #22
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:20:08

    Please don’t think the lack of sales at the craft fair spoiled my day as it really didn’t. It was a day of family, friends and smiles so a day well spent well. Sales are just a bonus but was happy to have cleared expenses. I’m enjoying watching the progress of the fan …you have way more patience than me Margaret. Hugs, Annie x #15
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:53:46

    What a fabulous time you must have had with your family! And blooming well done for facing your watery fears and getting in the boat anyway – am proud of you. I love being on boats actually, zipping across the waves with the wind in my face, just brilliant. I think pergamano work is exquisite and so admire your patience…it’s one of those things that I’d love to try but it ain’t ever going to happen!! Hugs, LLJ 13 xxx
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:52:12

    Fab desk and projects – so pleased to hear the reason you were AWOL was visiting family – there’s so much illness about right now that I wondered if you had perhaps succumbed! Happy WOYWW Kathyk #14
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:07:06

    That fan is amazing, your have much more patience than I do. Bless you Chris #10
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:02:18

    Sarah Brennan
    Glad you faced your fears and had a go at sailing. It looked like fun. Hope the repair bill isn’t too big for the sewing machine. Sarah #8
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:47:08

    what a great time it looks like you had despite being cold out there! the parchment work looks beautiful!! Have a wonderful week. Helen #1
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:36:37

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