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I am delighted to present to you the third edition of This Hour of Mine.

‘project three’ - THE ART OF GIVING

'This Hour of Mine' is a creative journey just for you, a way to ensure you find those quiet moments, an indulgent hour here and there.... the simple pleasure of taking time, whether an hour a day or an hour a week, is such an important ingredient for relaxation and it indulges that need to make.

To receive a gift that has been specially hand made just for you is a delightful and moving gesture, it warms the heart.  To consider someone in your thoughts, to create something that has meaning, to think of that person as every mark or stitch is formed, to make someone feel appreciated, loved, cherished, is a gift in itself.  A true investment of kindness.

As you can gather, this project is about the beautiful process of making a gift specifically for someone special and thinking about that person as you stitch and design and construct. Where the stitches represent the strength and bond within your relationship, the design is related to memory and the construction symbolises togetherness.

I designed this project to have an element of tradition and nostalgia, bringing together time, purpose, love and meaning within a small considered project.  A project that was small enough to work with in stages and easy to transport to your special place such as your garden chair or favourite park bench.

For this making project we extend the art of giving together to make a series of lavender pillows, each with their own design, style and personalities (and the lavender is Yorkshire lavender!!!).  The design and imagery element is discussed in the supporting notes within this beautiful guided project.  You may opt to not produce a pillow but mini artworks as flat panels and hoop art.  As always this project also allows for imaginative leaps. and my notes contained in the box are just a guidance or a starting point for you.

The ‘art of giving’ may take you a few hours, a few days or a few weeks to complete.  It has been considered and designed to take as little as 7 hours or as many as 20….it is all dependent on the spare time you have … There is no race to the finish line, no deadline, no competition to win, it is a simple indulgent, escaping and thoughtful project.  Sometimes it is not the finished product that is important but it is the indulgent moments of time you have taken for yourself, to work on the project, while listening to the radio or simply enjoying the peace and quiet.



PLEASE NOTE: the contents of some of the decorative details in the box will vary from the examples seen here in the photographs. such as linen, cut flowers, antique crochet and buttons



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