I think I may have mentioned the wonderfulness of Grampians Texture before, but I only touched the surface. It's hard to put into a few words and pictures.
A brief show-and-tell at the end of each of the 2-day and 4-day workshops is a visual summary of what took place, but the rewards run much deeper and richer than that. When I look at these purses and bags, I see the people behind them, the challenges they faced, the stories they shared and the achievements that were made.
Below, I see a cluster of purses at the front, made by 3 lovely ladies who were 'knitters and embroiderers' and had no faith in their ability with a sewing machine.
We laughed, we cried, we sewed.... we conquered fears.
We made bags.
Anne drove down from Sydney to come to my 4-day workshop, which made me feel very honoured. I'm so glad that the adventure of designing, pattern-making and sewing up a bag was a part of the her journey.
Val thought that she'd never understand the pattern-making process.... but this (below) is the bag she designed and made (including the pattern) ... before whipping up a quick Fan Bag to finish the 4-day workshop.
Viki was afraid of zippers, but managed to do a stirling job of a feature zipper on the front of her bag, a zippered gusset in the top and an exposed zipper pocket on the lining.
And when I took Viv slightly outside her (zipper) colour-matching comfort zone, it was a joy to see her triumph.
I'm tired. I'm busy. I have another cold. I'm thinking about the book I have to finish writing.
But these photos speak volumes to me.