Yesterday I had a fabulous day out with a sewing friend called Jacqueline. We were both in dire need of a day devoted to textiles and what a day we had!
You may remember that I did a review of some thread produced by Empress Mills in Colne, East Lancashire following a visit there with another friend, Elizabeth, at the end of last year. During Elizabeth’s and my visit Christine Driver was telling us that her son, Charles, had come up with an idea for Empress Mills to have their own sewing show. When Charles joined us he, too, talked of it excitedly. So, I have been waiting, rather impatiently, for the weekend to arrive and, finally, this was the weekend! Hooray!
Tickets for the show were £4.50 and entitled you to attend the show on both days, if you so wished. Well, that was a bargain to start with. BUT it got better… If you bought your tickets in advance there was a 10% discount making them just £4.05!
Charles had been talking about the show in his regular newsletter and had made it clear that the Empress show would be more intimate than many of the larger shows. In my view, that could only be a good thing. The pre-show information gave some idea of which other companies would be having sales stands and what demonstrations would be going on. Charles also mentioned in the newsletter that Empress were hoping quilters and stitchers would offer items to be displayed during the show.
After all the build up Saturday 11 May finally arrived and, I can tell you, I was mightily excited!
Jacqui and I had agreed that I would pick her up at around 9.00 am and if I hadn’t arrived by 9.15 she would ring me [in case I was asleep!]. I turned up at her front door with a few minutes to spare and we set off. The excitement in the car was palpable! We arrived at the mill where the show was being held just five minutes after the start. We would have been there a few minutes prior to opening but we had taken the scenic route through Colne – hee hee hee!
Upon entry, we were each given a slip upon which to note the number of our favourite exhibit. We were also given a form to complete to be entered in a draw for a £25.00 goody bag. First job was to have a cup of coffee and sample the homemade cakes which we managed admirably before beginning our tour of the show. We decided to peruse the retails stands before the area became too crowded and headed for the sewing machines. The brand on display was Pfaff and there were several models available to try from a small portable up to an all-singing, all-dancing Creative. Jacqui was very interested in the Ambition 1.0 which is an impressive computerised machine.
Whereas I was looking at the Creative 2.0, a combined Embroidery and Sewing machine.