It's amazing how having a couple of days away can really put you out of kilter. I've been trying to catch up with everything ever since I got back from Birmingham! I had a great time though, the show was excellent, I think Ray got something out of if too, even if it was a sit down watching the fashion show! Caught up with some friends and managed to sort a date out with Lynda Monk to come and hold a workshop at Craft Arena, so look out for more details soon once we have finalised things.
We went to Forge Mill Needle Museum at Redditch on the Sunday. Very interesting to find out more about how sewing needles were made. One of the guides told me that they are having a textile exhibition by the Kemshalls later in the year, couldn't find anything on the Forge Mill website, but I had a quick look at Linda Kemshalls site and there is a bit more info there.
Monday was spent in Stratford on Avon. Hadn't been for ages, and I'd forgotten how pretty it is. Lots of lovely archaeology!
I'm currently working on a piece for our Minerva exhibition later in the year. I can't show you exactly what I'm doing (although if you ask when you are in the shop, you'll probably get a sneak preview), but it is based on a photograph of a swallowtail butterfly wing from 'Life on Earth' which I've been hoping to work with for years!
Back to work; a new Interweave magazine arrived this morning. I wasn't expecting this, but on a quick skim through, it looks good. It may even tempt me to do some quilting! I've also had some interesting books come in, with more to follow so do ask about the latest arrivals next time you pop in. I've also had the latest issue of Quilting Arts, which itself is very patchwork orientated, and the new Stitch with the Embroiderers' Guild has some great projects.