Last weekend my parents came to stay. My mum had a big birthday at the end of February, and I'd decided to give her Art Nouveau Peacock for a joint birthday/mother's day present. I've never been entirely happy with any of the framers I've used up here, but clearly I didn't have time to take this piece to my usual framers in Lincoln! Claire on the TW Facebook group had recently got her Fantasy Tryptich framed in Hipperholme, which is about 30 mins drive away, and her photos looked lovely - so I gave them a go - and I was delighted with the results:
The frame was very expensive, but it's the second largest frame I've ever done, and I don;t think I'd have got it much cheaper in Lincoln. Plus the fuel costs were much lower - so I think I have possibly found a new, more convenient framers, which is good. The chaps in the shop were lovely, and turned it around within a week - so I picked it up on my way to meet my parents in Hebden Bridge. Needless to say, my mum was thrilled to bits. And I don;t have the headache of trying to work out where on earth I was going to hang such a large piece!
The weekend was lovely - I absolutely love Hebden, and the fabulous eco-friendly hippy-ish shops there. I narrowly avoided spending a fortune on things I didn't need and couldn't afford, and had a lovely lunch in one of the organic cafes. Our planned walk at Hardcastle Crags was aborted due to heavy rain, so we headed home for coffee and a chat, then went out to the local pub for dinner that evening.
Sunday we went to Abbey House Museum in Leeds, which I'd never been to before. It was really good - a smallish recreated street scene of Leeds in the 1890s(? decade) with lots to look at in the recreated shops, and upstairs a display about childhood and toys - which included some lovely xs samplers. Sadly the photos I took are too dark, so I won't share them!
This week I've been pushing on with Eeyore's problem, and I'm about 1/2 way. It's time for a change, but I think I'll try and finish poor Eeyore off before he gets relegated to the PHD box again...
I'm enjoying quite a crafty weekend - I'll share photos of my progress later. Happy stitching everyone!