Good to see you

Just before the clock strikes 12 and we all turn into pumpkins or white mice – thank you everyone who called in and said hello at the Norwich Summer Fair today.

From this point you can travel the inter-galactic super highway to find me here and here and here.

On a practical note; birders there will be curlews, godwits, oyster catchers and herons on cushions by the end of the week.

For the people who fancied a flamingo I can’t find the promised photo but flamingos are definitely in the repertoire so I’ll get on with that.

And all those folk who arrived after the bees had sold out there will be new bees at next weekends open studio for sure.

Hope to see you again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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all hands and the cook

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?img_4206-1

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.

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See you on the other side.

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Open Studios are upon us.

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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.

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Come in people

you are most welcome.

something about which I feel very strongly and a bee

Autismcon happened last weekend and I found it inspiring and revealing.

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The people who work for the NAS, the volunteers, the speakers and visitors combined to create an occasion that will stay in my mind. fen7

Roles were reversed and I felt like an outsider, welcome but different.

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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.

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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.

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I am planning to update my etsy shop over the weekend.

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Currently stitching for Autismcon.

On Jan 17 Daisy and I will be catching the train to Kings Cross and then by tube/taxi/camel*   to Conway Hall for 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!

Take a look at the National Autistic Society website; there is a lot of good stuff going on!

If you find yourself there on the 17th do come and say hello.

* If the taxi rank is empty and camels are available (for those who are wondering).

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Twelve marvelous days to relax, catch up, drink martinis and speculate about the possibilities.

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last orders of 2014 being delivered

The Rook has been busy keeping lovely shops supplied with cushions and there has been little time for Christmas prep at home. However, in the last few hours stuff happened and we did it!

The Nativity complete with purple cow, dragons and a penguin, dusted down and in place.

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A blue whale on the tree which makes me sing

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More glass, this is one of several made by Fred with Sarah Hunt at The Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral.

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And presents wrapped!

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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.

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Thank you for stopping by, for your feedback and encouragement. Love and best wishes for a joyful, peaceful and prosperous new year.