The given words at this week's Sunday's Whirligig are needlework, dominoes, mend, bleached, fool, method, country, stones, laugh, humming, olive, sheep.
My mate Jake and I were sitting in the pub playing dominoes. Seriously, playing dominoes in the rub-a-dub like a couple of sad old gits! Mind you, what my friend Rosey was doing at the next table looked even more odd. She was stabbing a piece of cloth with a needle which had a tangled web of brightly coloured cotton attached. And she was humming a tune to herself! All she needed was a rocking chair and a blanket across her knees and the scene would have been complete! We just had to laugh!
I asked if she was mending something. She frowned and said “Certainly not”
She said she was being creative, artistic. She was expressing herself through the medium of needlework.
Jake and I were more than a little curious so we tore ourselves away from our exciting tournament and took a closer look.
It was... interesting. I asked her if it was a tapestry.
“No” she said, “It’s embroidery”. Then she launched into one of her pet tirades; the one about how the famous Bayerre Tapestry is actually an embroidery and the two methods are often confused.
Lecture over, she went on to explain that she was using silk thread to fashion a country scene with trees, sheep, and rugged rocks.
"You could fool me" said Jake pointing at a bowl. "They look more like those stuffed olives!" Rosey looked at him stony-faced!
I asked what the red blobs were and she said “Poppies”
“Are they?” I said. “Are you sure?”
“OK” she said “If you must know I’ve pricked my finger several times with this needle so they are blood stains” She said she didn't think they wouldn’t wash out, and if she bleached them they would go white.
“Then you could say they are daisies” I suggested.
Her deep sigh was the signal we were no longer welcome at her table, so we let her get on with her artistic endeavour. We abandoned our dominoes and had a game of darts instead. Jake won.