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Hello and welcome to March's newsletter.
There has been lots to get excited about since the beginning of the year. Here are some of the highlights so far.
In February, I finished my first cowl collection: Inside Out. I invited Sheila Masson, the photographer, to shoot the collection with three good friends as models. Helen Davidson, a friend from my previous life as an English language teacher, Nikki Kilburn, who was once my Zumba teacher, and Federica Vinella, a colleague from St Margaret's House, where I have my studio.
Living in Portobello as I do, I wanted the shoot to reflect some of my favourite places, so I chose 3 venues: The Skylark, which is a stylish, atmospheric cafe on the High Street, the unique Victorian Portobello Swim Centre with its stunning 19th century architecture and The Dalriada, where I get my weekly fix of live music down by the beach.
Helen in the Skylark Cafe.
Nikki at the Portobello Swim Centre.
Federica at The Dalriada.
The photoshoot was a great success, as I hope you will agree.
The Inside Out Collection is now on sale in my Etsy Shop.
Feel free to LIKE my Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a £15 voucher to spend in the shop.
This term's workshops have gone very well. It has been lovely to meet new people, some of whom are learning about feltmaking for the first time, whilst others are working on technique by making something new. Everyone has been prepared to work hard as witnessed by the stunning results. The picture here was taken at the end of the Infinity Scarf workshop earlier this month.
East Lothian Embroiderers' Guild Talk
Last but not least, I was delighted to be asked to give a talk on feltmaking by the Embroiderers' Guild in Dunbar. I am always happy to talk about my craft and was pleased to see that the audience enjoyed themselves. They especially liked the idea of creating a fine, reversible fabric and spent quite a while looking at the work I had taken along for them to see (and touch, of course) and asked lots of interesting questions. Now I'm looking forward to the next one. You can contact me at any time about talks, demonstrations and, of course, workshops. I'm happy to oblige.
And that's all for now. I am currently busy fullfilling orders for galleries, applying for exhibitions, planning more workshops (which will be up on my website soon) and working on new designs.
I am so happy that I have taken the plunge and gone into felting fulltime. It isn't easy...but boy, is it fun!