I have to confess the last five weeks or so have been a struggle. I came back from holiday in September with a sore back – which I tried to ignore and carried on as usual, including going to the gym. Big mistake! It got much worse and turned into sciatica affecting my left leg. I could only stand or lie and the pain was so intense I even fainted on occasion.
Why is it that when you have a bad back, you drop everything on the floor? I’m grateful to those who have been picking things up for me both at home and in the shop, and especially to my wonderful husband who has had to drive me everywhere for the past month – as well as dressing me every day. When he is away I have to go bare foot as I still can’t get socks or tights on!
I am at last beginning to improve – I am actually sitting (well, perched on the edge of a chair) to write this and I have been driving for a few days; thank goodness my car is an automatic so I don’t have to use a clutch. Running the shop has been a challenge; things are not as tidy as I would like and customers wanting haberdashery items from under the counter have had to find them for themselves. But let’s hope I will soon be fully fit again.
I certainly need to be on top form for the Quilt Show weekend in Eccleshall on 16th and 17th November. Jane and her mum, Kate, are organising this event in Holy Trinity Church with proceeds being split between the Church and the National Autistic Society. Refreshments are available on both days in the Parish Room and you will find craft stalls, a tombola and a raffle.
The Corner Patch will be open on both the Saturday and Sunday that weekend, with reductions on Christmas fabrics and panels, half price sale fabrics and special offers on many other items. The shop is just a short distance from the Church so do pop in and see us if you are visiting the exhibition.
Meanwhile, our busy schedule of workshops continues. We said goodbye to Barbara Chainey until she returns with more hand-stitching workshops in March 2020 – full details soon – and Chris Franses will be doing the “House” block in her Block of the Month series, as well as Christmas table topper and runner workshops.
Ann’s bag-making workshops have been so popular that she is back with another opportunity for you to design and make your own bag on Monday 25th November, and I have squeezed in another Beginner’s Dressmaking day on Friday 6th December to cope with demand. These will be full day sessions (10am – 4pm) and cost £35. Book quickly as places are filling fast.
Don’t forget that if you are thinking ahead to Christmas shopping, The Corner Patch not only has gift vouchers (£5, £10 and £20 available) but we are happy for you to register your personal “wish list” with us. This will make life easy for your family and friends and ensure you receive “just what I’ve always wanted”. This may be the perfect opportunity for you to get a stripology ruler (they are so useful! Come and try one if you haven’t used one before), a stand for your rulers, an extra large cutting mat, new scissors, snips or pinking shears, or just refresh with measures, pins, threads etc. Just remember to warn your family that they need to shop with us by closing time on 21st December – no Christmas Eve shopping with us!