Oh, dear, another month has gone by and I've not managed to post, but things seem to be settling down now.
Woolfest went really well. The dyes seemed to be well received and sales were good, so lets hope that now they are beginning to be know that will increase. I was teaching a Learn to Weave course last week which also went very well. One student from Leicester went home on Friday afternoon and was so excited about her weaving she spent the evening finishing a set of place mats! We took the Japanese student sight seeing on Saturday up into the Peak District of Derbyshire, which included the tapestries of Haddon Hall, the Carnival at Bakewell and a visit to the market and antique shops of Ashbourne. On Sunday we took her to the local Lavender Patch and Staunton Harold Craft Centre, where she purchased some fabrics for her hand made bags, then on to Heathrow for her 12 hour flight home!
I now have three weeks to get my house and studio back into order before I go on holiday to Bulgaria. I can't wait to spend a week on the Black Sea Coast, really chilling out, before we drive to an Artists Retreat in the foot hills of the Rhodope Mountains. Silvia, our host, and her husband are artists, Silvia being a tapestry weaver and acrylic artist. Their lovely retreat consists of a small cottage set in a walled garden with an artists studio across the courtyard. The studio has a couple of tapestry frames, so I am trying to design a small tapestry that I should be able to complete in a week! Of course, I am sure I will be distracted by the lovely countryside which we are told is very suitable for walking.
Must go, lots to clean and that design to complete.