Hello all, yes I'm a wee bit late with this post I'm afraid. I seemed to have lost all my umph after Yarndale! I think I was just exhausted after a very busy 8 months or so. It has been a whirlwind of craft/art fairs and making stock for the gallery. I seem to have been constantly chasing my tail, trying to keep all my balls in the air and all those plates spinning. I think that's enough euphemisms for one post, lol.
But don't worry, I'm I'm back on form again now!
Goodness! Even in the photo above I look tired and worn out. If you hadn't already guessed this was our stand at Yarndale 2014.
I was really worried about not having enough stock to fill the stand as this was our last big fair of the year, but I just managed it! It's a little more sparse than I would of liked but it wasn't through idleness on my part. I couldn't have made more felt than I have this year.
Here's wonderful man ready for another busy day. I may have found this year exhausting but I wouldn't change a thing, I loved every minute! It's been a real challenge and a steep learning curve. I must admit I haven't learned aaaall my lessons, I still think I can produce work faster than I really can, lol. Maybe that's a woman thing...we all try and fit in more than we can realistically do in a day.
It's been a challenge and for the most part I've met that challenge head on and come up with the goods. I've never made sooooo much felt as I have this year, I've lost count but I think by the end of the year I'll have made over 50 large pieces of art work as well as countless small Dales Scenes, brooches and embellished cards. If you'd had asked me this time last year if I could make so much stuff I'd have laughed at you. Actually I'd probably had a major panic and run a mile, lol.
But then, that's what this year was all about, challenging myself. Testing the water so to speak. This time last year I'd only attended small local craft fairs and Yarndale. This year I have attended 4 events the size of Yarndale, two smaller weekend craft fairs and supplied two galleries, as well as a handful of commissions thrown in. I don't think I've told you this... but I've also been offered an open invitation to go and teach workshops in Australia alongside tutors who are top of their chosen crafts. This is was a huge honour for me and something I might feel comfortable doing one day but not at the moment. But just to be asked was enough! Talk about chuffed!
So, what now? Well... I thought by now I would have all the answers! I thought I would have next year all planned out and know exactly what I wanted to do. Yes, I know you're waiting for it and there is a 'but', lol and here it is... But I don't. There is no-one more surprised and thrilled than me at the positive response my work has received this year. So where do I go from here, I'm not sure. I expected to have had a couple of rubbish events and couple okayish ones, making decisions about where to go and what to attend next year easy but they've all been more successful than I could have wished for, lol. So... do I attend them all again next year? I don't think I can to be honest. It's been a blast but I can't produce as much again next year without having a creative... burn out!
So, while I'm pondering my future plans I'll try and bring you up to date with what I've been making since I got my creative mojo back.
This little chap has finally visited my fabby framer, Andy and now looks like this...
My lovely friend and her husband dropped him off at Cherrydidi gallery in Keswick for me last week and he's just been sold today. I've also made another large hare picture but I don't think I'm able to show you him as he's suppose to be a surprise Christmas gift.
What about a little mouse for a change. This little chap is currently at the framers along with his friend...
Poppy Hare. They are both being framed ready for my last event in a weeks time at the Witham at Barnard Castle. Oh! I nearly forgot this one...
I was making this lovely hare for Barnard Castle too when a very nice gentleman emailed me to ask if I had any work available and to cut a long story short, this little hare was packing his bags before I'd even finished felting him.
I'm afraid my stand may be a little sparse but you'll find a warm welcome and wealth of other wonderful crafts people there who's tables will be spilling over with hand crafted goodies. There is another reason my table won't be quite as full as I would like, and that's because I'm also working on this...
It will be the largest piece of felt I've ever made, measuring 76 inches long. It's a bit of a beast!
We've had to bring my sewing table down from the attic to give me a long enough work surface, lol.
Well I promise not to leave it so long next time. I'll keep you updated on 'the beast' and maybe this is for my benefit rather than yours...
Till next time,
love Fi x