Anyway, one of the projects that has taken a lot of my time recently was the designing and making of a wall hanging for the village school my children attend and where I work part time. This is a tiny friendly place with just over 100 pupils in four classes, and this week marks the 150th anniversary of the school's opening. On Saturday there was a big tea party with singing and cake, and a flypast by a Spitfire piloted by one of the dads from the school which made everyone feel terribly emotional.
As part of it our new wall hanging was officially unveiled; I've been working with one of the other mums on the design and making of this for about half a term, and it's involved going into school and getting the children fully involved in making parts of it, then lots of cutting out and industrial quantities of bondaweb, culminating in a frenzied series of late night sewing sessions. My poor sewing machine doesn't know what hit it.
Panels made from the children's drawings - Class 1 made their sandpit, Class 2 drew portraits of themselves in the school pool, Class 3 drew the wildlife pond and Class 4 made pictures of themselves playing on the village green
This thing is BIG - 2 metres each way and I realised my house is not large enough to lay it out anywhere for taking pictures. It's also far too heavy to hang on my washing line so I apologise for these pictures - it really isn't that wonky in real life!
Everyone seemed to like it - and most importantly the children and teachers at the school are thrilled with how it turned out. And so am I. I'm not sure it will last 150 years but hopefully a good few ...