Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Looking ahead and the here and now!

copyright Tina Francis Tapestry

Well things are really hotting up with almost 4 days of continual sunshine here in Birmingham!  I love seeing how the city changes in the sunshine with all the open spaces being used for lunch and meeting up.

I have been enjoying the sunshine whilst working on future projects, it's always the way for me experiencing now but irons in the future fire!

If you are visiting the Lakes during the summer do not miss the fantastic Farfield Mill in Sedburgh. This place is home to really thoughtful textile exhibitions and is a place you really can spend all day at.  Heritage weaving looms, national and international artists and a marvelous cafe! From the end of August I will have some work exhibited there alongside some really world class fibre artists it is amazing how we all use wool so very differently.  More on this soon! 

It seems that there is some sort of craft leyline happening in London over the weekend 19th - 22nd September and I am preparing hard to be part of the magic! The Handmade Fair runs from 19th to 21st and is a new and exciting show, there are different entry price levels with the £29 ticket including a workshop, a seminar and a make session great value!  You can also buy an entry only ticket £12.50 which will enable you to visit the show without the workshops and with so many great stands full of some of the best makers around it will be a fun day out.
On 20th September do not miss The Great London Yarn Crawl  this event looks set to be a winner!  You enter in teams and visit different yarn shops on specific routes using public transport to get to them.  It is a bit like a pub crawl but with the only regret being spending all your money on essential wool for your next project! There will be lots of other crafts in the shops featured on the crawl and maybe even some tapestry by me!
Finally Craft, Hobby and Stitch International have a new trade show at Excel 21st to 22nd it's the first time they have staged two trade shows in a year and it looks set to be another great event, they really looked after me at my first trade show earlier in the year.

So that is a look into the future whilst I return to the here and now and stitch in the sunshine!

Happy stitching!

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