Uncertain times

Some work from my exhibition ‘Spring into Life’

I have spent the past few months working on a new collection of work to exhibit at Allendale Forge Studios this April and planning for many workshops over the next few months and then suddenly things are turned upside down. Workshop cancellations come flying in and then I have make the difficult decision to postpone my exhibition for a year, along with this I have had to postpone the two workshops that I was running alongside this. I am sorry to anyone who was booked but at the moment we have to protect one another and try to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

We are all uncertain of what will happen tomorrow yet alone next week and this makes it difficult to plan ahead. I have conceded to the fact that I have some time for experimenting, designing and preparing. new art, kits and workshops. My ‘To Do’ list is growing by the minute.

Last month I listed my kits on my Etsy shop along with a few hand painted yarns, This has been great so far and in our current situation this is perfect way to try creative embroidery – new kits will be added to my shop over the next couple of weeks 🙂 you can find my Etsy shop here. If there is anything you would like to see on my Etsy shop please comment on this post or contact me, I would love to hear your feedback.

March started off so well for me, here are some of my highlights 🙂

My Creative Embroidery kit ‘Daisy trio’ was featured in ‘Be Creative by Workbox’, issue 185. If you would like this kit it is available on my Etsy shop.

This month I have also had two brilliant weekends with two fantastic groups of embroiderers. With both of these I gave a talk on the Saturday and we had a workshop on the Sunday. I have also had a couple of classes closer to home.

My husband and I have had a couple of great weekends away in our caravan in Guisborough and Berwick. The first group I visited were the Random Stitchers of Cleveland. They had a Layered Textile Surfaces workshop and produced some fabulous pieces of work.

The second group I visited were the Textile Border Group where we played with some Creative Weaving with Texture.

I have had a couple of classes in my house due to venue issues however these were great fun and I will be doing a few more of these in the future, when normality returns.

Last week I visited the Wednesday Textile Group who meet at The Sewing Machine Guy and we had a great evening making Miniature Textile Landscapes.

Here are a snapshot of images taken at some of these classes

So all started off so well and I was really looking forward to heading over to Cumbria this weekend to meet the Spinner and Weavers and then to teach in The Makers Mill in Keswick but unfortunately I will have to wait a few months before things can be rescheduled and it is safe for us all to gather together again. I now just have to wait to see what will happen to future workshops, fairs and exhibitions.

Well I will get back to re-writing my ‘To Do’ list. Keep safe and keep sewing. Take care everyone.

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