I am going to be running some more workshops in October, so if the summer ones sold out before you could book your place then now is your chance.
I will teach you (or your mother/brother/daughter/friend/insert random relation here) how to cross stitch using my lovely folk letter patterns and impart as many little tips and tricks as I can along the way. As you can see from the photo above I have been busy stitching them up in all manner of splendiferous colours and I am still not done. If I had more time I would stitch the whole alphabet. They make excellent presents so if you want to get a head start on making things to gift at a certain snowy time of year then you could do far worse than come along to one of the dates below and let me get you started.
Sunday 13th October, 2pm-5pm
I will be returning to the lovely Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead for an October workshop date in exactly the same format as the one I did in the summer. I had such a lovely time there before so I can't wait to go back. The details for the course are the same as the last time I was there (well, apart from the date obviously), and you can read all about that here if you want to know more.
It is the weekend of the Knitting and Stitching Show so some of you from further afield may find yourselves in London that weekend anyway, in which case it would be lovely to have you come and stitch with me if you are not all crafted-out by that point. You can find out more about The Village Haberdashery and book your place here.
Sunday 22nd September, 10am-3pm
I will also be running a full-day course at Green Olive's shiny new custom built workshop just outside Peterborough. Located in a rural setting on the Duke of Gloucester's beautiful Barnwell estate, this particular course is exceptionally good value and there is free parking on site which is even better. It's also a bit more accessible for those of you further north (compared to Kent and London), so I'd love to see you there if you choose to make a day of it.
Because the course takes place over a full day (and because I will be able to bring my car instead of trying to carry everything on the train...) I hope to be able to show you some extra little things I don't normally have time for, such as how to use roller frames when you move onto larger works; things that can often confuse newbie stitchers. If you are coming along and have specific questions then feel free to contact me in advance and I'll see if it is something I can cover on the day.
I will also be bringing along a selection of kits and some copies of the book for people to peruse, though if you want to buy anything I will only be able to take payments in cash so please come prepared.
To book your place on the workshop please click here. You can find out more about Green Olive on their Facebook page. I am still wating for a picture of the location but if/when it arrives I promise to share it with you.
I have now set up a dedicated page for upcoming workshops and events on the website so going forward that will be the first port of call to find out where I will be visiting next. I will try to post here too, but things are getting quite manic again so I can't always get over to this little corner of the internet as much as I would like. I often find it easiest to post links on my Facebook page or Twitter as they only take a second or two, which means that at the moment they are getting any news first.
I had so hoped to be able to show you some of my new work before now. I had plans to make lots of new patterns and kits this season, and even have a pile of new tools and accessories waiting to be photographed and put into the shop. But more pressing things keep turning up which I don't want to turn down, so as things stand I have a pile of half-finished newness on the back burner waiting to be resumed. And a flat full of MUCH mess. It is driving me crazy but there is no space or time to remedy it at the moment. I have been working my little socks off but as is so often the case now it is on projects which are as yet unspeakable. I will tell you all about them as soon as I am allowed. What I can say now though is that after the hard slog of the last five years I finally feel as though I am getting really close to the place I want to be in terms of career. Maybe then I can start living again.
Anyway, I've gone a little off topic there haven't I? Must get back to work. I hope to see some of you in Peterborough or London. Spread the word; I'd like to teach your friends too!