Don't feel guilty about the machine Carole - you deserve it and I'm so pleased I got you going again.
Glad you are better, Artisue. I am nearly back to normal but I am a bit worried about teaching tomorrow. I'm sure they will carry things in for me. I have had a much longer break than usual this year as I'm normally back in action around the end of January.
Tomorrow's workshop is one of my favourites - on dissolvable fabrics, so I'm looking forward to it. I left it a bit late to do all the samples and the packing which is why you haven't heard much from me lately. We have also been giving my website a complete revamp as it just grew organically and never was planned properly. So I shall have a CV and a gallery and stuff like that. Cameras have improved so much since I last photographed my work for the web so I'm having to redo a lot of the pics. I have also written an article for Stitch magazine, all about the heirlooms course that I did with Val. I'm so glad I took the opportunity to do it.
The fossil thing is coming on well. It has turned into a triptych with one big panel and two narrow ones. It's nearly finished and I shall show it soon.
Got sidetracked into thinking about small, saleable, pieces for the exhibition and this is a mock up called Floating Fossil. Not a good pic but you get the drift. I bought a set of very deep frames and puzzled over them. I shoved a piece of scrap card in and made a little box thing for the embroidery to sit on. It is all pinned together but I think it works quite well and I'll now take it to bits and make it properly.
Not sure yet what the backing will be but something plain, I think, to add to the floating effect. I am also planning an installation but it may not work and I may not have time so I'm keeping quiet about it for now. There is nearly a month to go but I have lots of teaching before then and I am also involved in the Jersey Textile event, which I am very much looking forward to. I'm teaching mixed media and that is always fun. It's all go.