The troops have rallied – surviving on emergency rations for days.
The hoover gave up – the new hoover looks scared
Rewards for prolonged period of self-sufficiency so far: new soap dish
Indulgence required before household rebellion.
On my calendar today is written ‘To The Beach’ in pen. Following Christmas fairs on two consecutive weekends and many weeks of preparation a sea breeze was calling.
Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair was a tremendous event. The blue cotton drill hereditary cash bag, handed to me by my wonderful grandparents around 1985 following its retirement from the Alcester WI cake stall, was aired and back in use (an entreprenurial spirit was always encouraged).
And yesterday Histon Handmade, a contemporary design and craft fair with 14 other makers, over 750 visitors, old friends and new, and just 3 cushions left at the end of the day. Happy stats!
The order book is full and there are busy days ahead but today Well-next-the-Sea with a kite.
The show at Craftco in September was a wonderful experience – thank you to all who visited and the great feedback. Who knew hanging cushions on the wall could be so satisfying?
Stitchery workshops are being recieved with enthusiasm. For the most recent I decided zippy bags would a good idea, not sure all participants agreed… with 10 minutes to go and a second attempt to insert a zip a voice called out ‘I’ve never had children but I imagine it’s something like this!’
More workshops in January, zips optional.
Right now, today, this minute and all minutes between now and Nov 17, I am making work for Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair and Histon Handmade. I have progressed from the calm stage through the denial stage to the batshit crazy stage. Not pretty.
See you on the other side.
Watching Southern Hawkers, cutting back brambles, racing snails on the front path, planning new designs for September show.
It is Cambridge Open Studios time of year. The first four weekends of July, I will be at home and open. Do come and see me, there will be cushions in abundance, some zippy bags and cake. I will be stitching on the Bernina industrie 850, the whippet will be in attendance and we will have tidied up.
I am number 205 in the COS guide, please note the change of address from last year. we are now back at home. Hooray!
Open Studios are upon us.
A team effort!
Lovely people from far and wide, finding me… not always easy I am told. Negotiating the unsophisticated green bungee securing the wrought iron gates, wondering whether to retreat on encountering the expanding foam wolf… it says Textiles in the directory… and braving the friendliest whippet in East Cambs.
Come in people
you are most welcome.
Things are busy, hectic in fact surrounded by an air of the mildly frantic.
If I were ahead, and no-one was waiting for cushions, fired clay work*, photographs of lampshades or embroidered fabric for upholstery with open studios just 10 days away, it might mean that there wasn’t enough going on. In fact there is a lot happening, the seat of my pants is thin but intact. Just.
Hold on blog reader I will be back with the odd annecdote, photograph and offer of cake throughout the rest of 2015. This is a year of change and during the next 6 months I will establish a rhythm and regular blog posts.
*Recently, while working in primary schools producing clay panels, I was asked ‘what had the clay done that was so bad it needed firing…’ I feel lucky to have days like this; to drop in with a group of 4 – 11 year olds and watch them working with a material I love
and there is always time to photograph peeling paint.