Bits and bobs that wouldn’t necessarily make it into their own post:
The haberdashery section in the local House of Fraser seems to have been closed down (or moved and hidden into an area I’ll never find). It was never the best section I’ve ever come across, and the equivalent in the Birmingham House of Fraser seems to be much better in terms of stock etc. If the latter ever closes down, I think I won’t have a local haberdashery department I can walk into and walk away with something in my hand within minutes (I have the occasional rant about the number and quality of Bricks and Mortar shops and how they can compete with Internet shops, if at all).
I am progressing with my current Jane Greenoff Catherine Archer sampler, and have realised that I *am* going to have to do some frogging. I thought I might be able to get away with not doing but no such luck. It’s progressing at a reasonable rate, as the recent Bank Holidays here helped, but I am getting a little bored of it. I shouldn’t put it down before completing it, as I run the risk of never really going back to finishing it – as all the other WIPs in the corner can testify. I have several WIPs that have been sitting in the corner for several years, which I should really get to finishing sometime. I also have one or more new cross stitch items to start, and then there are all the other things I want to do too!
During the last two weeks with loads of Bank Holidays, and the Royal Wedding in particular, I brought some lace making stuff (mainly bobbins) off the tinterwebs. Now I just have to find some thread I can work with and a way of reproducing some patterns and I’m away! I’ve found one book already that has some good step-by-step instructions and photographs, and that combined with youtube could get me well on my way.
The next main show in this area is, I believe, The Festival of Quilts being held once again at the NEC in August. They’ve changed the format this year, so that the social events are different – there’s no Gala dinner for instance and I don’t believe there’s a designer talk either. I don’t know whether I’m disappointed with this change or not – I quite liked the Gala Dinner, even if the hotel themselves charged stupid prices for drinks, and I usually ended up on a table as far away from the main stage as possible whilst being in the same room.
I am still waiting for my magazine (101 patchwork Projects) from Interweave that I ordered about a month ago now. It’s good in a way, in that it has given me the chance to continue with some of my WIPS, but bad in another way in that it has allowed me to be distracted by other shiny things, and I have ended up with more stash rather than less! Knowing my luck it’ll turn up tomorrow, just after I’ve complained about it!
I really do need to do a sort though of my stash ahead of the FoQ, as I will need to have an idea of what to buy. I don’t want to get something I already have (enough) of, but likewise, I don’t want to miss out on a trick for something I don’t have. I hope The Cotton Patch will be there this year, as I would like to see some of that fabric in person before committing to buy. I like the idea of both the Amy Butler and the Kaffe Fassett fabrics, but when seeing them in person last year I wasn’t so sure….
Now that I have all these different crafty tools, I’m going to have to find a better way of storing them than just shoving them in the back of the cupboard and ignoring them. How does everyone else store their Knitting needles, wool, paint brushes, paints, bobbins, threads, pins, needles etc? (I’m going to try out these storage boxes from Muji for a start)