Chicken scratching!

A group of us attended a mini-workshop today at the home of Charlotte Robinson to learn a bit of chicken scratch embroidery.

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Diane, Irene, Polly, Lis and Jane all concentrate on their stitching.

For those of you who are curious, chicken scratch embroidery (also known as Depression lace or Amish embroidery) originated in early America and is meant to look like lace for people who couldn’t afford the real thing.

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Helen’s star begins to take shape.

Under the expert tutelage of Gail Allen and Charlotte, we all stitched away at our bits of gingham, learning a basic but lovely star pattern. With a quick break for lunch and some delicious cake courtesy of Lis Davies, we were back at it again very quickly in the afternoon!

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Gail helps Jane with the complicated bits.

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Pat and Shirley are all smiles after mastering the double cross-stitch.

We hope this will be the first in a series of mini-workshops. Stay tuned for details of our next one!

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