Friday, 26 August 2011

Something to do over the Bank Holiday?

There are some great events on up and down the country this weekend - the one that appeals to me most is the Open Studios in West Wales.  There are several artists which look really interesting, but I love the felt sculptures from Eve O'Neill   - she's open by appointment  10am - 5pm by phoning  01559 370191.  If you can't make the journey, why not try shopping online at  I just love the rabbits and so cheap they're a steal!
For further details of other artists also open over the weekend, go to
Clothaholics will also be at Gawsworth Hall Craft Fair, nr Macclesfield on the 27th, 28th and 29th August with their authentic Japanese kimonos, cloth and textiles - further details from
Have a lovely weekend whatever you're doing! 

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Open Day this Saturday

There's been lots of activity at the centre, both today and yesterday, with attended students bringing in work for the Leisure class exhibitions.  Last to set up this morning was Jeanette's classes with Dolls, Stumpwork and Patchwork.
It all looks very attractive - I have it on my list to take photos when it's all finished and I'll post some of them online. 
If you're in the area over this weekend, do drop in - we have an Open Day on Sat 20th to coincide with the exhibition and whilst I won't be there myself, Beryl, Janet, Shena, Jeanette and Marj will all be around during the afternoon.  It's 1pm until 4pm with coffee and cake on offer, as well as Janet working on the new Level 2 delivery samples during the afternoon. Full details on our site of how to find us at

Friday, 12 August 2011

Phone calls and Visits

A very busy week with hardly chance to draw breath - Marj is away at her niece's wedding this week, so we are 'managing'.  It is also the week that data collection phone calls have to be made for those participating on the Research Study, which involves early mornings (for New Zealand) and turning back in evenings (for all those who work away from the home during the day) so our feet have hardly touched, hence the reprehensible delay in blogging this week!

David and I had a lovely long weekend with one of my graduating diploma distance students and her husband, over from New Zealand.  During the time she has been studying with us I have visited NZ twice and they have been over here frequently too, as well as lots and lots of emails, so we have all become firm friends. We went to the Lakes for a visit - beautiful, but very 'damp'.  A shame that it couldn't have put a better foot forward for our visitors, but I guess that's British weather for you.  There was a little sunshine when we reached Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's farm, on Sunday - I think it had taken pity on us by then! I snapped this on a dry spell and the boats are from Bowness marina - idea taking shape....

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Josie Russell Textiles

An article in one of the Sunday papers this week caught my eye - Josie Russell (the girl who's mother and sister were murdered in front of her and she herself was attacked with a hammer) has begun to exhibit landscape textiles made from recycled fabrics.  She has a few for sale on her site, but exhibitions are also listed.  She lives in Snowdonia, so uses the surrounding views for inspiration. 

I love the fact that she's trying to leave behind the victim stereotype and do something creative and positive with her life - lots and lots of luck to her.