Yesterday I visited the Handweavers Studio in Finsbury Park.
Today I went out in search of inspiration.
A few stops on the tube and I'm in Knightsbridge heading towards the Victoria and Albert museum.
First things first, a cup of coffee in this amazing cafe.
Next to the glass galleries to research a Bohemian glass vase that I have owned for many years.
Again the mix of modern and traditional is very clever.
This is the gallery above the main exhibit.
I have always enjoyed visiting the textile galleries alas they are being moved to another part of London so I had to settle for the Theatrical costumes.
The work on this piece is wonderful but difficult to capture on my camera.
Finally, the thing I really went to see,
A golden cloak made from the silk of the female Golden Orb spider. Having seen this on TV I wanted to see it for myself.
This is part of the design drawing.
Part of a large shawl,
and a close up of the fringe.
It is truly awe insiring and a work of art.
I'm back home with the cat who was pleased to see me and I'm settling down to do a little hand stitching.