Yesterday was the day of Best of British open call at Liberty. Having only received an email one week before the big day, and arriving back from Italy 4 days before, I had only 3 days to prepare.
I decided I wanted to make some new Lupi pillows using some new Liberty fabrics so used Wednesday to go shopping. The huge choice of beautiful fabrics in Liberty made choosing almost impossible. In the end I got 4 different ones.
I also made a new friend, Brian from the rugs department. My camera caught his attention.
The floral one is my favourite. I have a 2012 diary with this pattern, from Liberty.
Thursday and Friday was spent sewing 4 lupi pillows and 2 donuts. I took them along with a giant bunny donut, 2 sasquatches and a cookie keyring.
I had to wake up at 5am on Saturday morning and joined the queue about 7.30am. It was not as long as I was expecting but it did grow quickly, so was happy to have arrived early.
My dad was sweet enough to insist to drive me to Liberty.
Whilst waiting in the queue, I got chatting with some very lovely ladies. The helped to calm my nerves.
The queue moved pretty fast. Going up these stairs made me nervous again.
I was so incredibly nervous, sitting here, waiting for your name to be called.
They decided almost immediately that the Sukis did not fit the style of Liberty. I was told they were too contemporary. However, I continued to pull out suki after suki until they had seen them all, even though they had made up their minds up in the first minute, after just seeing the Lupis.
This experience left me feeling a bit deflated and confused. I wish I had asked more questions and explained things properly but nerves just got the better of me.
I would definitely do it again but would be much more prepared. Everything has to be super perfect. In the end I had only two days to make new things, which was not enough time. I did have Sukis already made, from about 2 years ago, with Liberty fabrics but they were all packed up in boxes. So I decided the best thing to do would be to make new ones.It would have been nice to have reached the next round and meet Ed. May be next time...
It was definitely an experience!