The weather continues to be very cold but with bright blue skies and no wind. On Thursday I went to the Craft 4 Crafters show at Westpoint, the first such show I have been to. I arrived about 11am and already it was heaving. I didn’t know where to start looking so I turned to the left and worked my way methodically round. About half way round I realised that I wasn’t spending any money and thought I better spend something! My first purchase was some embroidery cotton, then I bought some fat quarters (5 for £4), 2 hanks of wool for my needlefelting and then I fell in love with a demonstration of Angelina fibres. If you don’t know what these are, they are a sort of sparkly candyfloss/angel hair and when you apply heat to them you get a sort of fabric – if you apply heat to them with a wooden stamp underneath, you can get amazing results. You’ll see, as I don’t think I explained that very well. Anyway I had to have some, and some Indian woodblocks, so watch this space! The final thing I bought was a cutting mat, rotary cutter and a ruler. I don’t know what I have been doing not to have bought one before. I just didn’t believe that they could be as good as everyone said. Anyway, I am now a convert and my cutter only cost £4.99 as against at least £15, and I did what the girl advised and bought the genuine blades, so I have been trying out cutting various thicknesses of fabric ever since.
Today I finished the handquilting of the Country Quilt and I am quite proud of my first go. At the moment I have got it in the armchair where I usually sit and it makes quite a cheerful addition to the room. If it gets any colder, then I have only to reach behind me and put it over my knees.
I’ve included the close up of the quilt so that in years to come I can say how much better I’ve got! Now comes the tricky part of deciding on my next project. On Monday I go to look after my mum who will have had surgery to replace a knee joint, so she wo’t be able to drive etc. I’m planning on taking my paints and my machine, and various bits of cloth, so something will come to me but at the moment I ‘m in that dreadful in between phase.
The latest news from Taiwan, where two of my sons are, is that is full steam ahead for the opening of their laguage school on the 6 Feb, an auspicious date! They have had a sign made for the front door, the broadband fitted, and a load of flyers to hand out. they already have some students signed up but obviously need more to make it viable. Their web-site is on my website page!
Finally, the weather has been so bright that I went for a walk and include a picture, just to bring a little cheer, oh, and I lost 2 1/2lbs this week so I might be slim for the summer yet.