Thursday, 8 December 2011

...touchdown!..

At last....a chance to sit down and sort out a blog-post!

It's been a very full couple of weeks since I posted last....

1) Preparations for the show at Harrogate.
2) Getting to the show and setting up the stand.
3) Being at the show.
4) Getting the stand down and packed into the vehicle. (Nightmare parking at the venue!!)
5) Getting back home again - LATE!
6) Having to go to the last rehearsal almost immediately.
7) Unpacking everything and parking it back in the spare bedroom.
8) Getting through the concert on the Saturday. (Went VERY well and everyone was pleased!)
9) Singing at Llanfrynach Village Hall again on Sunday.
10) Hospital appointment for himself on Monday.
11) Taking himself to a different hospital on Tuesday - to be surgically separated from his toenails!!!
12) Taking himself back to that hospital to have dressings changed yesterday.
13) Sit down and blog today :-)

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease say I'm forgiven for not being around here much!

Anyway, Harrogate was BRILL!

Before the s,how I'd more or less decided that this would be a one-off. It's a long way and it suffered from snow problems last year.

However, Sunday morning saw me tripping down to the organiser's office clutching my re-booking form for 2012....and very happy to be doing so.

I must have talked almost non-stop for the four days...(no surprises there sya those of you that know me!)...

..and met a lot of wonderful people...including a couple of bloggers.....

Jackie from DogDaisyChains and Alex from UnderATopazSky

I won't just be exhibiting/trading next year either...

I've been asked to do workshops at both Festival of Quilts and Harrogate...

...so LOTS of preparations will be underway soon....

...seeing as I'm doing workshops for "Vilene" at Fashion Embroidery and Stitch in March too....making some pendants or earrings like these, and these.

There are more things in the pipeline, but I'll spill on those at a later date :-)

Of course, one cannot possibly go to a Knitting & Stitching Show without making just a few little purchases can one?

Here are my indulgences from Slow Loris Textiles, who will be selling more goodies here at World Textile Day in 2012.

Some Miao embroidery...

...with reverse applique....




...tiny pieces of folded and stitched fabric with peking knots..






More Peking knots and couched threads...



Metal tape embroidery with more peking knots...




...and some tiny, tiny cross stitching!




These were selected not simply because they're gorgeous....

...but as reference pieces....

More to tell on the weekend...

10 comments:

jude said...

congrats, good for you!

vidertextil said...

gorgeous purchases ! and congratulations for your busy planning in 2012!!

Rachel said...

So glad it was a good show for you - they can be rather a gamble, and as you say, they are always hard work!

Chris Gray said...

Thanks Jude, Viviane and Rachel....

I think 2012 is going to be a busy year!...

...but I'll enjoy every minute of it :-)

jan said...

You've bought some beautiful things, glad you enjoyed the show, I didn't manage to get there this year.

stitchinglife.com said...

Congratulations - sounds like a great end to a very successful year for you. Here's to the next, even better and even bigger!

Chris Gray said...

Thanks Jan and Karen!

I'm very happy with my textile bits...

...and with the way 2011 has gone generally.

Let's hope we ALL have a great 2012 :-)

Penny said...

Congratulations!! I'm so very happy for you and here you are all planned out for the coming year. Better stock up on tea as you're going to need those tea breaks!

Chris Gray said...

Tea stocks....

...are the least of my worries!

I've got plenty...

..and I think Father Christmas may be popping some down the chimney too :-)

threadmedley said...

Teaching workshops! Congrats!! I know it means more work for you, but I'm sure you'll do a super job and really enjoy yourself as well.