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Spring?Read MoreMay 7, 2010

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Today there are black lambs, and white lambs, and sunshine, and daffodils. Shetland in Spring is beautiful....

Stroud International Textiles Festival - thoughtsRead MoreMay 4, 2010

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While things are fresh in my mind, I thought a few ideas about Stroud might be in order. It is well worth going and spending time at the Festival. There are many talks and workshops, and amazing things to see. You will meet lots of makers and have some great chats with interesting people. Think abo...

Stroud International Textiles Festival - Day threeRead MoreMay 3, 2010

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Yesterday was the last day of our textile experience here in the Cotswolds. We did some amazing things like a visit to Studio 7 where we chatted about performance and textiles, and saw lovely upcycled bags from suits and trousers. Then a quick walk across to Cork Textiles Network in the Subscription...

Stroud International Textiles Festival - Day TwoRead MoreMay 2, 2010

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A lovely day during which we spent time looking at various things in the exhibitions, shows and talks. We met a lot of makers and saw some very interesting work. The farmers market is wonderful in Stroud and the town itself has some really lovely buildings. Our Flickr page has been updated with i...

Stroud International Textiles Festival - Day oneRead MoreMay 1, 2010

This morning we picked up our car, a Smart car and drive to Stroud. It was a great trip north. Smart cars rule! Caught in traffic at Stroud, we arrived just in the middle of the speeches and the opening by Sir Christopher Frayling. He was very enthusiastic and mentioned Wendy’s Burra Bears in...

Shetland ForWirds - dialect websiteRead MoreApril 21, 2010

Shetland has a unique dialect and accent; each island and area has its own characteristics and islanders can tell where someone is from purely by through speech. To visitors, the dialect may be completely incomprehensible but I love the dialect and the wonderful words and phrases that exist. Shetlan...

Pauline Walsh - feltmaker Read MoreApril 19, 2010

Pauline has been working with felted articles very quietly from home and has built up a successful small business. Her work is humorous and fun, and has echoes of Shetland in the colours and textures she uses. I am very lucky to have a pair of her wonderfully warm slippers; useful and lovely to wear...

Sheila Faichney - illustratorRead MoreApril 18, 2010

I have just received a link to my friend, Sheila's new website. Go and have a look if you like wonderful, quirky, exotic pictures, and musings. Sheila lives in Scotland but has a special place in her heart for the islands, and has lived, worked and visited Orkney and Shetland. The last thing that I...

The singing SWRIRead MoreApril 17, 2010

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Well, we were meant to be in Inverness at the Scottish Womens Rural Institute National Choirs Competition this weekend but got bested by THAT volcano. The SWRI choir, luckily, had sung at the quiz night on Wednesday in the Town Hall. We were really good! I think it is the best we had ever sung. The...

Textiles from the English Church, LerwickRead MoreApril 17, 2010

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Last night, because of the volcano in Iceland, all the flights were cancelled across the UK which meant that the SWRI choir (see separate post) could not get to the National Competition. I instead spent the night in town with my friend Cushla, a wonderful New Zealander, who showed me the fabrics an...