The weather forecast for today is sunny spells, scattered showers with risk of hail and thunderstorms…so it must be Otley Show day, it’s a standing joke here that it always rains on show day! It’s the first in the show calendar around here and it’s also the oldest one day show in the country, it’s the 208th show today!
There’s quite a big handicraft tent with lots of competitions which I’ve entered pretty regularly for the last twenty years. Two years ago I was determined to win the cup for most points in the handicraft section, something that had always eluded me. I entered every class I thought I could rustle up an entry in (which really means everything except knitting!) and with a change of tactics I entered more than one item in each class. It worked, I won the cup. Last year I decided to try and defend it, again I entered two items per class and again I brought the cup home.
This year I’m going back to my usual number of entries, just what I happen to make over the year, the only entry I’ve made specially for the show is a padded coat-hangar. So if I win it this time, no one else is trying!!
I’ve entered my Great Getaway bag I made in January.
In the variety class I’ve entered my Splendid Sampler quilt...
…and my Anderson Farm quilt.
Last month I embroidered a lavender sachet from a pattern by Faby Reilly, it’s really pretty. I decided to make a padded coat-hanger to go with it. Of course I left it until last night to start!
I’ve made padded coat-hangars since I was an impoverished student nurse in London, they made pretty but inexpensive Christmas presents! Over the years I’ve made them using several different methods, but I think I’ve finally found a neat way of making them.
I cover the hangar with polyester wadding, the thicker the better. The hook is covered with a rouleau loop, I’ve got a rouleau loop turner now and it does make life easier.
I make a tiny hole in the middle of the fabric and ease the hook through it. I can then slip stitch the fabric over the wadding with a smooth, neat seam underneath. I chose a quilting cotton for this one which has silver swirls on, it seemed to pick out the twinkle of the beads.
To neaten off the ends I turn them under and then gather them tightly. The little hole that is left can then be covered up with a pretty button.
I often just tie a ribbon around the hook but to link the sachet with the coat-hangar I decided to stitch some of the beads around the base and then added two of the flower beads. I can neatly tuck the sachet beads under the flowers to finish it off.
So that’s my entries this year, it was certainly a lot less stressful this year 🙂