Remember this?

You may remember seeing this photograph a while ago

It is shown hanging on the line to dry after dyeing and was very quickly sold. This morning I had a lovely email with a link to this blog. It was my lovely friend Pam that bought the skein, and I just love the way she has used it. Pop over and take a look. There is more information about the scarf in her Etsy shop which is also worth a visit. Incidently, part of it is one of the images that I chose for one of the changing images at the top of this blog.

Have you made something using items purchased from me either online, by phone, Etsy or at a show? If you have written about it somewhere why not send me the link – it might end up being featured here too.

I’m continuing to add to my Etsy shop. There will be more later today. Each dyed item is unique – there is only one and I won’t be dyeing another like it. Previously I have added a few repeatable collections, from now on that will cease – everything will be a one off!

It’s only just over a week away – but there is still time for a couple more enrolments on the Busy Bees dyeing course. Based in Newport, S Wales, Busy Bees Patchwork are recovering from a devastating fire in which everything was lost. They are now in the process of preparing to open in new premises, and I’m delighted to be able to support them in this endeavour. I wrote a little bit about the course here, too.  For speed contact them by email – details on this page. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone down there – and to hearing news of the re-opening. As usual we will have a few bits and pieces with us – some of our machine threads, the chiffon scarves and, of course, some of our hand dyed items.





…. you just have to eat humble pie and admit that you were wrong!

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I was totally wrong. Instead of unloading in the rain, as I had predicted, the redshirts were there to help me do it in warm, glowing sunshine! Above is the view from the studio once it was all set up, but before the students arrived. It was glorious. I had visions of us sitting outside and having our theory discussions in glorious sunshine. Sadly that didn’t happen, but at least the start and finish was sunny. The two lower windows to the left of the above shot were those of my bedroom, and from there I had these secluded views.

Having said that, I didn’t see much of the view in daylight as I was too busy teaching. We had a very industious few days, and dyed some really beautiful colours.

The next dyeing workshop (and the very last public one for this year) is at Busy Bees in Newport on 14th June. Some of you may not know that Busy Bees had an horrendous fire earlier this year, but, despite losing all stock at that time, they have limped on and I’m looking forward to supporting them when we visit. Why not come along and join us? Amongst other things we’ll be dyeing a tee-shirt – but maybe not in the way you expect! To enrol on the course contact Busy Bees via this page, preferably by email as there may not be anyone there to answer the phone.


Busy Bees, Newport

Many of you know that I occasionally teach a workshop in South Wales at Busy Bees in Newport. Sadly a fire destroyed their premises earlier this month. They are trying bravely to put things back into some semblance of order, and to that end I have today received the following.

‘If you haven’t heard already there was a fire at the shop on 14th December, all the details are here:

 We know that there are many people other than ourselves who have been totally devastated by this. In order to meet up with as many members of the Busy Bees family as possible, we have booked Duffryn Community centre for a week at the start of January to reconnect. The details are here:

We would like everyone to come along and see us on Saturday 4th January to re-connect and let us know which classes they are booked into. We have made a Facebook event here:

 Please forward this information to everyone for whom Busy Bees means something. We are unsure of what the future will bring, but we want to keep as many people in the loop as possible.’
Please pass on the news.
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