Thursday, 14 October 2010

Back from the Show

Back from the show and blogging again, at last. It has taken me this long to gain enough strength to switch on the machine. Talk about exhausting: wonderful, fabulous, huge fun, but definitely exhausting. Great to chat to so many blog friends face to face. Hope you all noticed the dedication in the new book - to all my blogging mates,
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Wessex Textiles, the group that I exhibit with, had one of the exhibiting galleries at the Knitting and Stitching Show this year and we had an amazing time. Everyone said such lovely things and I have to say that the display looked good. Our work is very varied as we only meet in the pub (to discuss the next exhibition, of course) so our work reamains very different and this is one of our strong points. It is always a lovely surprise to see fellow exhibitor's work.
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It was so hectic (I had my d4daisy hat on, too) that I had hardly any time to take photos but here are a few.
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Maggie Hills' 'Allotment Chickens' are always popular and she was very generous in sharing her methods.

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Not a great pic - here is a better one from her postcard image.
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Brenda Weeks had some lovely colourful pieces, as you can see. I'll show more of our work in the next blog.
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This was one of my pieces, 'A Brief History of Wall Painting'.
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The panels depict paintings from the early days of Australian Aboriginal art right through to graffiiti - that one was fun to do. I'll show them in more detail when I get them back after the Harrogate show.
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Carla Mines is our installation expert and she is very environmentally aware. Her big pieces looked great on the outer walls of the exhibition space.
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Other wonderful sights were Deirdre Hawken's hats. She is our celebrity interviewee for the December WoW so we'll have some great pics then. Don't you just love the rhubarb?
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How about this exploding altered book from the Dutch Paper Biennial. That exhibit was amazing. More on the show later in the week.
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We were supposed to exchange contracts on the house last week but the slow solicitor at the top of the chain is still not ready. I am so disheartened that I can hardly bear to do any more sorting but someone is enjoying the unexpected bonus of space in a bookcase!
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9 comments:

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I hope that your contract swap happens soon, it is soooo frustrating just hanging around in limbo land waiting for a moving date (I speak frommy own experience, I am NEVER going to move again!)
It was lovely to see you at the Show and I enjoyed your demo.

Su said...

Oh you have my sympathy, I can remember the frustration caused by solictors when moving as though it was only yesterday (and it was 2 and 1/2 years ago!).

I too enjoyed the show, and visited you on your stand, although I didn't get the chance to thankyou for muy flower stitcher as you busy. Although it was my first visit, I think it will be the first of many!

Su

Heather said...

Smudge is such a poser! At least the slow solicitor is giving you time to recover - hang on in there and keep taking deep breaths! I love the photos from the show and your piece is amazing - four for the price of one!

Julie said...

Smudge looks very happy :) I was sorry not to get to Ally Pally so I am now looking forward to the Harrogate Show. I hope your move gets moving really soon.

Fibrenell said...

Thank you for the photos of a little part of the show. I'll bet it was inspiring as usual.
Hope your limbo-living is short lived! It doesn't matter whether you're moving down the road or across the world, the process is still as stressful - I can vouch for that!

Garnered Stitches said...

I had a lovely chat with Clive while I paid for the new book, I'm looking forward to digging out the pasta machine from the back of a cupboard to do some of the techniques!

JP said...

lovely photos - sorry the move is getting you down but you know what they say about moving - death and divorce!!!!!!!!!!!!! - hope it sorts out soon

julie said...

Thank you for another luscious book Maggie - & Isobel.
I hope the house situation is soon sorted - don't you envy those who manage to stay in one house most of their lives - as long as its the right house I guess; I think Heather's comment seems very sensible. (NB. julie with a small j!)

Robin Mac said...

Gorgeous photos, evrything looks so interesting. Hope the contracts get exchanged soon, I am glad we are able to stay in the same house - 43 years and counting, now there is far too much stuff hoarded to even think about packing it up!! Smucge is really enjoying himself. Cheers, Robin