"Right, then," said Lib. "You must meet Auntie Joyce." Immediately, I was put in contact with Joyce Quarrie's daughter, Jean who was eager to tell me about the Craftsy class, The Iconic Tweed Jacket, taught by Lorna Knight. Lorna is a teacher in England who has instructed Jean in a number of classes. I told Jean about signing up for the class when I heard I was within striking distance of Carlisle.
Mrs. Quarrie's daugher, Jean had told me which fabric she had purchased to make the same jacket along with Lorna Knight in the Craftsy class. Lorna had given some advice in one of the lessons on the type of fabric to purchase. But look at the vibrant colours and impeccable sewing in the jackets that Joyce Quarrie shared with us.
When we went to the shop, The Bobbin, Tracy knew Mrs. Quarrie, and remarked on how much they enjoyed seeing her come in to look at the fabrics, and then enjoy lunch.
I was over the moon in the shop, but truly, it was even better to meet Joyce Quarrie, in the town of Carlisle. She hosted my mother, sister, Lib and our other host, Sue, providing us with tea, a delicious walnut coffee two tiered iced cake, shortbread and almond tarts.
I don't think I am giving away state secrets in saying that Joyce will be 96 on May 22. She was dressed impeccably in a beautiful white, with black slubs tweed skirt, heels, stockings, and a black knit top. She had on a modern porcelain necklace that she had hand painted in her porcelain painting class that she goes to each Wednesday. Her make up was subtle and she looked just gorgeous as you can see. This is what I want to be when I am 96, living independently, interested in people and the world around me, and still learning with new classes!
But best of all, she had brought downstairs her beautiful Linton Tweed jackets that she had made over the years. These were skillfully sewn as you can see above, and finished with matching linings, bound buttons, patch and flap pockets and kept in a well-ordered closet. Jean also showed us a long tweed skirt, with turquoise woven into it that she had made for a cruise she had gone on last year.
So, I must thank Lib for putting us in touch with Mrs. Quarrie. It is important to acknowledge remarkable people, and so good to see that Mrs. Quarrie's skills as a dressmaker have been passed on to her daughters. I hope to hear from Joan to see her progress on her jacket. I'm still at the thinking stage, and must make up my muslin to get the fit prior to cutting into my beautiful fabric.
I've included two photos that refer to Joyce's husband who was a submarine commander in the Second World War. I enjoyed hearing about her life working during the war, and keeping her girls safe, while worrying about the safety of her husband in the cold seas.
|Mrs Joyce Quarrie, and Elizabeth Saunders|