"It's 10am and Lou Gardiner is handing me a sherry. "It's a Nanna tradition," she tells me, "you know, for loosening you up." I'm at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel in Cornwall to join Lou for her Superstitchers masterclass. She's infectiously enthusiastic and has a smile that could demolish walls. She's wearing a pirate's hat and is bouncing around the room like a foal let out for the first time.
"I think," she declares, "that embroidery is a dynamic and exciting medium. And today is all about losing your inhibitions, losing your fear of creativity. We're constantly bombarded with images of perfection but today we're going to blow a raspberry at all that and express our individuality."
Everyone cheers and downs their sherries. This is going to be a great day. We're only five minutes in and I have absolutely no doubt that if Lou pointed to the cliff in the distance and told me to jump off it, I would.
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