Winter – a time to look for the magic
As we enter the last few days of December and into the winter months for many it is a time to relax and look forward to the warmer months with promises of holidays.
For the crafting community it is a time to plot and plan the magic that we are going to create for the following year. The new calendar is out and already filled with dates of trade shows to attend, craft shows to prepare for and courses to attend to expand our own learning.
To ensure that there is also some pleasure mixed with the planning I always try and book myself onto a few workshops in the early months of the year, this means I learn something new or pick up a twist on an existing skill and meet new like minded people. This year I have had a great christmas gift to attend a course on making a wet felted hat!. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and now is my opportunity to be creative and make a mess in somebody else’s house – perfect….
I will give you an update when we virtually meet again in 2019 when hopefully it will be a happy and healthy new year for all of us.
Over the last few years I have had a growing interest in felting and taken more interest in where our wool is coming from. At country shows one of my favourite areas besides the Poultry is the sheep and the breed to recently catch my eye has been the Leicester Longwool.
This breed is now listed on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as Vulnerable along with the Lincoln Longwool. They are just so chic looking with their coat of curly hair that a lot of ladies would be pleased to have!.The breed produces a natural and white wool in colour but is also know to dye easily and great for felting projects.
Is it just me or do some sheep just give an aura of being chilled? The Leicester Longwool is known to have a docile nature and they always look to be calm and collected as they saunter around waiting for their twice yearly haircut.
Any way enough musing I am of to order some wool to add to my needlefelted sheep collection, might even make it a christmas hat..
As we approach the autumn term the last few weeks at Wobbly Pins headquarters have been somewhat hectic. – we managed to the child back to school safely with uniform and books intact and labelled and now we are suddenly approaching half term.
As I am writing this update I can see the trees outside my window in glorious colour and a lot of hues of brown green and gold, we may moan about the weather in the United Kingdom but I think autumn is my favourite season for the changes and colours that it brings.
The needle felting theme at the moment has definitely been autumnal and bordering on spooky as the evenings become darker quicker and we approach Halloween.
I have made a few pumpkins last week and this week will be finishing a few orders for witches- each with their own grumpy personality ready to fly off to a new home.
I am now off to make some pumpkin soup….and find that witch.