It’s that time again. If you have been planning to buy anything from my Etsy shop, you may want to do it soon, as I will be closing it for a week or two, starting Sunday night. (After which, it will be back, bigger and better than ever before, assuming I can get some photographs taken.)
Next Friday, Textiles In Focus kicks off for three days of woolly fun and fibre-based mayhem. Just like last year, I’m selling my own hand-dyed yarns and fibres – and I’m also teaching for the first time.
As if that wasn’t enough, there will also be a spin-and-knit-in area next to my stall, in a space that was desolate and unused last year; I’m sort of ‘curating’ it.
Of course, nothing is really ready; I have a whole bunch of new yarns for this year, and I haven’t done the label design yet. The pile of yarns waiting to be rewound, post-dyeing, is bigger than my dog. The course is ready to be taught, except for the fact that I haven’t finished the handout, and I need to assemble the student materials packs. And a few more sample pieces would not go amiss, bien sur. Batts!! I really, really need to card batts.
Printing. There is so much printing to be done. (Note to self: don’t leave it till the last minute. Your printer will break down, or run out of ink, and it will be very stressful.)
This afternoon, I had a mini-breakdown, thinking there was no way that I could get it all done in time. After a couple of hours of wandering around feeling morose and angst-ridden, I realised something pretty awesome: I have taken on quite a few insanely large projects in my time, from 18th century dresses onwards. And though most of those have not ended up perfect, and although the occasional all-nighter may have occurred on the way, each and every one of those has ended up working out ok.
So I’m drinking a beer and writing a blog post. But no photographs: they take too long. Later, patient readers! Now, I should go design labels…