Wednesday, 26 January 2011

North Cheshire Guild

Once again, I was careful to pack my camera as I went to a guild to teach.  Once again, I laid it out on the table near at hand.  Once again, I completely forgot about it and failed miserably to record anything.

But it was a good day.  I stuffed the van with Mark and dyeing stuff and selling stuff and lots of things I'd made and the pupz and off we went.  There early (which always helps).

So I talked and pranced around and showed stuff for an hour in the morning,and it seemed to go well.  People were interested in what I'd done and asked questions and laughed when I said what I thought were funny things.  I set up the dye table so we could start early after lunch as I think well over 20 people wanted a go.  (Naturally I'd forgotten something essential - clingfilm - but luckily we found some in the kitchen of the village hall we were in).

Mark took the pupz off and they found a nature reserve and country park somewhere, had a couple of good walks, and he had "pudding and chips and peas" for lunch - a North-Western speciality.  He was pleased with finding it, anyway. 

And we were home before five, which was a bonus.  But I'm hoping that someone will send me photos

Friday, 21 January 2011


Oops, I hadn't realised it's nearly a month since I've posted here.  I have been doing the odd bit of dyeing and quite a bit of spinning, none of which I have managed to document.  There are a few photos on my camera, but I haven't downloaded any since we had the heavy snow a fortnight ago, which vanished almost as quickly.

There is a large bag of fibre samples at home, superwash merino in 'Gothick', about to go out to the Fibreholics sample bags.

And I'm teaching tomorrow - over at North Cheshire Spinners Weavers adn Dyers.  They're at the other end of the M62 from me, so it should be about an hour to drive but we'll leave much earlier to allow for traffic.  I'm doing a talk in the morning - 'Things wot I have made' - which I last did a few years ago at York Guild and it went very well there.  In the afternoon I'm doing a demonstration and workshop of dyeing/painting skeins and fibres.  So this afternoon I shall organise stuff to take and pile it all up in the middle of the sitting room.  There will be a huge pile: dyeing stuff, several large plastic boxes of things that I've made, and then several bags of my fibre to sell, which I've been asked to bring.

I just wish I didn't get so nervous.  I shall be chewing the furniture later this evening, and probably won't sleep well.  I keep reminding myself that a) I'm good at this and b) the money will be very useful.