I safely arrived home from the U.K. tour, had 3 days to get over jet lag before Starting the BATB event. I prepared before I left of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to do it in 3 days! All the kits had been made up before I left, I just had to get my brain in gear and my body fit, catch up on the washing, house cleaning, gardening and get ready to have a great week of embroidery, meeting old friends and new, at the convention held here in Adelaide.
I was thrilled to pick my dear friend up from the airport on Friday, Karen Fraser from America, even though she was recovering from a hip replacement, she still came to BATB this being her 3rd time. We caught up on a lot of news, then my husband and I took her to her lodgings.
The next day we had to set our teaching room up in preparation for our first class, after that we had eats and drinks, whilst Fiona and the Country Bumpkin team welcomed the teachers and students.
I met up with my fellow teachers from overseas, I hadn’t seen Di van Neikerk for quite a few years as she couldn’t make the last BATB but it was like there had been no time in-between from the last time we were in each others company!s I just loved seeing her each day, even though it was short moments in between teaching. I would love to visit her in South Africa one day!
I have taught at all the BATB Conventions, It’s a wonderful convention where stitchers come from all corners of the world to learn new techniques from the tutors and to share many friendships.
Fiona and her team arranged a wonderful gala dinner in the evening on the last day, there were many prizes given out for the entries in the embroidery competition, plus other prizes and fun for all!
One of the highlights of the evening was Jenny Adin Christie, sharing and showing her pictures as a member of the Royal School of Needlework in the U.K. It was enthralling! Of course, Jenny is well known for working on Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!
After a hectic week, full of many happy times we all packed up and said goodbye to another successful Beating around The Bush 2014!
Thank you to the BATB team!
Look forward to the next one in 2016