As I drove home a couple of evenings ago the swallows were perching on the phone lines... a sure sign that summer is on the way out, and after such a lovely start it's been wet, windy and cold. I feel I am entirely to blame because I bought a reflective sheet to go over my car to use during scentwork competitions.
Nellie has continued to be a sniffing superstar. Coming 3rd at her first trial in a new venue, and then wining another rosette for coming 3rd place in a Nosework Game set up in which we'd previously had a disaster. Then she only went and won her first ever Level 2 competion, and won all her badges at a National Nosework Competition. We are having such a lovely time playing our sniffing games, and are off out and about doing more competitions this autumn.
We've had our garden open to the public for the first time this summer as part of the National Garden Scheme and have raised over £300 for the good causes and charities supported by the scheme.
I went off to the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Summer School and spent a week learning how to make baskets out of all sorts of materials.
The trade fair at the end of the event was incredibly busy, so once back home I've been dyeing like mad, and re-ordering stock.
The next event I'm at is the All Wales Guild Gathering (which I'm also organising!), this is open to everyone, even if you're not a guild member. It's only £3 admission, there will be a small number of traders, displays of work by the guilds, and also a talk in the afternoon by Tereshina Roberts on The Story of Silk. As ever at these small events I won't be taking all the stock with me, so if you want anything in particular it's best to email in advance, or you can purchase for collection and remove the postage costs with the code ALLWALES.
Later this year, on November 26th I shall be back up at Tecstiliau in North Wales, I'm teaching a workshop called Spinning for the Festive Season. We'll be learning some new skills and using them to create decorations and gifts.
The final part of my planning for the next few months is to get things organised for this years 12 Days of Christmas. As a price guide it will be around the same as last year £40 (ex VAT), £48 (inc VAT). Content will be the same a 100g braid of hand dyed 60% 18.5 micron Merino, 20% Baby Camel, 20% Tussah Silk for Christmas Day, and then 11 co-ordinating colours of Superfine Merino & Silk, which will be available to purchase as 50g bumps afterwards until stocks run out at which point the colours are discontinued. Everyone who wanted to purchase one last year got one, but it's really helpful to get an idea of numbers so I can order supplies all in one go. I don't take advance payment on these, because doing pre-orders is something I've never chosen to do, so no need to leave a comment with your name. I just keep making parcels until no more are needed!
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