Well the AQA Symposium went off very well I thought. I'm absolutely dog-tired but had a ball . Caught up with loads of people ... spent a reasonably restrained amount of loot and hopefully imparted some knowledge.
Drove down on Friday evening, stayed with Nadie ... very little sleep as she's right on a busy road and I'm not the best of sleepers ... and up bright and early to be at the venue [ Sienna College in Camberwell which looks as though it has sprung straight from Tuscany ] by 8.30. We all checked in, claimed our goody bags, did a first fast run through the vendors, grabbed a coffee and then we dived into Shiborii dyeing . Everyone's clothes stayed remarkeably clean but the same can't be said for our hands. I look like some woad covered early Briton
Today was designing with japanese fabrics and themes. Yesterday was playtime, today they had to work. Very scary for some of the ladies as some had never designed a quilt completely on their own. What they were actually being asked to do was to respond to the fabrics that they had brought in on a fairly intuitive level. Japanese fabrics are quite quite different to conventional quilt fabrics in terms of design so it can be a challenge to work with them even when you've done it before. Some, I know, won't finish what they've started because that's what always happens with workshops, but I hope that most of them do, because truly they were rather wonderful. No photos still because the 'new' card reader that tanuj has given me, doesn't seem to be talking to the PC. Some of the girls took photos so I'll edit this later when I have something to show you all.
just got off the phone with friend Di: she's lending me her spare [ electric ] spinning wheel ... AFTER the quilt show is over.
I've got some beautiful silver grey alpaca carded tops and Di's organising the scouring/ carding of some nice grey fleece that is excess to her needs for $30 a kilo ... so watch out: Catsmum has a potential new obsession! I've only ever used a drop spindle and that was decades ago.