Well I think this is a record for the longest time between blogs. It has been a stupidly busy time. My Exhibition, '30 Tones of Grey', at the Craft4Crafters Show at Exeter in January went very well. Fiona, Sam and I had a lovely time and we received lots of lovely comments, met up with multiple WoWies (always a pleasure) and enjoyed the show, especially the West Country embroidery exhibition. '30 Tones of Grey' will be shown again at Art Van Go studios in March 2016.
Since then, life has been a mad scramble getting the March issue of WoW out and setting up our members-only Facebook page - more on that later.
I did have time to get to my stitching group Beyond Stitch (yes, we are usually so far beyond stitch that we don't get any done) where Jane Wild called us to order and gave us a great workshop on these little books. Lots of bonding, gilding and zapping and with a particularly interesting stitched spine.
I haven't quite finished the pages of mine so will show you when I have completed it.
We did find time to play truant and see the snowdrops at Kingston Lacy - our nearest National Trust house. I am so enjoying the long walks that my new knee now allows. Almost worth having the gammy leg in the first place.
My granddaughters have really caught the crochet bug and they are now far better at it than me. Such a lovely way to keep up with them as we have regular crochet and knit mornings. We are trying to teach their mothers to knit and that is coming along quite well. In fact, Fiona has shown great innovation and I will never view a scarf in quite the same way again!
Sophie and I had a craft session on Saturday and experimented with a substance called polymorph. Kate Crossley introduced us to it in a brilliant WoW article and I am in the middle of making a video about it for the WoW members page (yes, yes, - a shameless plug). Sophie and I made goth stuff, using black Fimo and working with skulls and such-like moulds. I do seem to have had fun. I'm quite pleased with this pic as I usually look miserable in photos.
I made a shell and attached it to one of my small triangle books. Really pleased with the results.
Jill Taylor made a lovely book from my mini workshop - see below left. The one on the right is a work in progress and I plan to couch threads and stitch beads on somewhere.
Do visit the WoW Facebook page and, if you are a member, ask Fiona to enrol you on the members-only section. There will be a members-only blog very soon for those who don't care for Facebook. It's all rather exciting.