Welsh Wool Tourists

Being of the textile ilk, I could not ignore wool (and blankets) while we were in Wales. Just opening the curtains every morning to several hundred girls and their lambs was a reminder that this fibre is part of the landscape so I sought out two places that had 'must visit' written all over them.

The first place we went to was the National Wool Museum (above). It was a bit of a trek from where we were staying, but I found a distillery tour nearby for the non-textile family members so they could go and learn all about gin and sample spirits, while me and my daughter could walk around looking at looms (I love a loom, particularly an industrial one).

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The Welsh Quilt Centre

I would like to start this post with a public announcement - if you are due to visit the Welsh Quilt Centre this year then don't read on. I had such wonderful visit and part of this was not knowing what to expect so trust me, you will enjoy it much more if you get that feeling of being enveloped in quilting loveliness with no expectations.

Right, if you are still with me then you must be a long long way from Wales...

When we decided to go on a family trip to Wales I knew if I did not get to see some quilts I would feel a tad short-changed.

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May 2018

It has been a bit of a funny month as I have struggled to get into a new routine. Back in 2015 I closed my studio shop with the plan on doing more creative work (writing and designing) and two months later became Editor of the magazine Popular Patchwork. It was fab, full-time hard work though so in March 2017 I left as I really wanted to be working on my own projects more. The lovely new editor, Emma, asked me to stay on part-time as freelance technical editor which really suited me. I could work as and when I wanted (as long as I kept to deadlines) so it slotted in well between other work and projects. In April the team learned the issue we were working on would be our last.

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Clara's Room Tour

Back in December, I visited the Kensington Dollhouse festival. Oh my, everything you would think of in miniature - I felt like I had taken a swig from a bottle that said 'drink me'. Having no firm plans I bought a few things that I thought looked interested, didn't break the bank, and would fit in with the interior style work I was creating.

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April 2018

Last month was a whirlwind of computer work, with a few golden days out thrown in. I took some lovely photos as we eeked out the last few beach sessions before the mayhem descends for the summer, and the dog is banned from setting foot (paw?) on the pebbles.

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March 2018

A bit of a late round-up of March as April has whizzed by. Extra deadlines, school holidays and bank holidays do not make for a happy freelancer! In the true spirit of freelancing this week sees the workload lightening up which hopefully means ticking more things off my creative to-do list.


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February 2018

My most exciting sewing news last month was that the tile sampler blocks were sewn finally together. The piece still needs a border, which being English paper-pieced is no mean feat, but to have them all together felt like an accomplishment. I tested the strength of my marriage by attempting to go outside and photograph it on a windy day, but we got there with not too many cross words!

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