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.
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.
Autismcon happened last weekend and I found it inspiring and revealing.
The people who work for the NAS, the volunteers, the speakers and visitors combined to create an occasion that will stay in my mind.
Roles were reversed and I felt like an outsider, welcome but different.
I am a parent of children with ASD and there are many things in life that I would like to change but my family’s character isn’t one of them. I want more awareness, less abrasiveness and no questionnaires.
We have met some wonderful people through Aspergers and made new friends but bureaucracy makes it a struggle and this is not how it should be. To clarify that is no questionnaires!
Now here is a bee made with sari ribbon, barkcloth to die for and vintage blanket.
I am planning to update my etsy shop over the weekend.
On Jan 17 Daisy and I will be catching the train to Kings Cross and then by tube/taxi/camel* to Conway Hallfor Autismcon
Daisy has been involved in the organisation of this fundraiser for the National Autistic Society since Jan 2014 which, after a lot of time and enthusiasm from a band of committed volunteers, is an event that promises to be a most excellent day. From midday until 10pm there will be opportunities for sci-fi discussion, drama workshops, music, fashion, role-play and quizzes; lots of activities to try and for those who like to sit and watch there will be cake. Daisy will be selling her mouthwatering brownies and I will be alongside with a collection of cushions, If you are in the locality and have a free hour or two we would love to see you. Mates Rates apply on all brownies and cushions just mention the blog!
There is no cake, iced or otherwise, and I don’t think any mince pies or sherry were left for FC due to the late late wrapping event in which extra nourishment was required. The whole greenery situation is rather meagre and no cards have been sent (sorry people). But there are satsumas, the pudding was flaming and the bread sauce unsurpassed.
Now there is time to doodle and plan new designs.
Thank you for stopping by, for your feedback and encouragement. Love and best wishes for a joyful, peaceful and prosperous new year.
A weakness for Witney blankets means that for months the long suffering cast and crew have humoured me; never complaining/noticing that every corner of our home is stuffed with wool. But now I am shocked to find I am down to the last, you know the one with the beautiful mending. So I am sending elves to all corners of the globe in search of supplies.
And I am offering a swap…
If you can find and send me a blanket (wool only – I am quite particular), postage should be approx. £8 depending on size, I will send by return a cushion or two depending on your expenses, with beast of your choice. When I say choice I mean a beast we agree on, there are some critters I have no empathy with and therefore rarely work for me. Blankets in any condition considered, probably best to email me a photo first, even the most distressed items are welcome here. If you are able to deliver in person even better, you will be welcomed with enthusiasm, and served tea and cake on the Moomin tray.
What do you say… up for a challenge? I hope so because Plan B is vague and involves dust sheets.
There will be regular Blue Peter style updates and a totaliser.