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Spring is on its way

Where has the time gone?! These last two months have flown by and the more astute amongst you will know that I didn’t even find the time to write a blog at the beginning of February! Did you miss me?

This time last year I was on the final countdown to my trip to India with my first ‘Girls on Tour’. What a difference a year makes. We went into lockdown as soon as we returned towards the end of March, and who would have believed than that we’d still be in lockdown today? But with lengthening days, promises of some fine weather over the coming week and vaccines rolling out we have a lot to look forward too and I firmly believe that we’re over the worst at last.

So, what have I been doing and what are my plans? During January I gave a short series of ‘back to basics’ wet felting classes via zoom, continued with our regular ‘chats’ via zoom and this month have prepared and commenced a six-week series of paid zoom classes on Sunday afternoons. You may think the time strange but since the new year a lot of new ‘Fab Felters’ have come from USA so to enable them to join in I hold afternoon classes. As it is, one member still has to get up at 5.a.m. to attend the session! We have experimented with a variety of wet-felting techniques including using marbles, made nuno-felted table mats and learnt how to create hanging pods for garden birds. This weekend we’ll be making stash buckets and revealing results of a wet-felted ‘head or face’ challenge.

We have become a group of firm friends and the conversations range from missing pet snakes, cat problems, six-nations rugby, bingo wings, the weather (of course), photography, offers of holidays should we ever be able to travel across the pond again - and all this in addition to amazing tuition! We don’t stop laughing either!

As for the future – that all depends on what the regulations allow me! All being well, I will resume workshops at home in late Spring and look forward to welcoming guests to my garden studio once again. No matter when I can hold lessons ‘in the flesh’ again, I won’t give up the zoom sessions however as these have allowed me to have ‘students’ from around the world and we’ve learnt so much from one another.

If you want to attend one of my workshops or want to join in the zoom sessions please let me know – I’d love to see you (in person or on-line) and show you the magic of felt-making.

Enjoy the longer days in the coming weeks and keep creating!

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