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My favourite magazine is Selvedge and my favourite place is Ceredigion and I love wool, knitting and have a very serious weakness for old Welsh Quilts so when Selvedge organised an afternoon in the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter I had to go.
The company was excellent, the quilts were astounding, the cakes were to die for and the Blodwen Goodie Bag was a very scented surprise.
Did you know that old quilts were filled with carded fleece and some very old quilts belonging to poor people still had quite a bit of the hedge and the sheep in with them. here are some pics of astonishing Paisley quilts.
If you ever get a chance to visit the gallery do take it, its small but houses a wonderful collection; its wise to ring first
Its on the way – for all frustrated artisan yarnies who want to buy online we have finally decided to put a toe in the water of e-commerce. Even as I type there are people working away behind the scenes, putting it all together, Scary, scary!
Our policy all along is that you need to be able to see, feel and sniff our yarns, but sometimes you need to re-order after a show or spend some special birthday money without fighting your way into Hereford, so here’s a chance to do that. In the meantime here is some real wool on legs that I communed with on the weekend. The ones with the black faces are the Unitarian Sheep, Llanwenogs and the white faces ones which make me think of Agnus Dei are Lleyns and they all live in the Aeron Valley in Ceredigion where I once lived.
Well here we are back in the real world; thanks to everyone who bought artisan yarns own hand dyed yarns. Its very encouraging and has got me thinking of what to dye for Woolfest. Any special requests let me know. Shawls loaned by very dear friends were the real stars. For those of you who didn’t get there here are some pics. There are also pics on Anthony Shoring’s Facebook album. My apologies for the messy layout I need my other family member, Gabrielle to tweak this![slideshow]
What a great day – the sun shone – hundreds of people came and everybody was smiling. After the initial terror of seeing the big empty space that was ours, it turned out to be a really good idea. People had time to browse and to move around and have a good look at the yarns and being combined with Artists Palette gave them a wonderful choice to pick and choose over. I think people were more focussed than last year. Some came bearing lists and for us it was terrific that people came back. We especially loved Ravelry Kittyboo’s seashell silk scarf and we shall be after the pattern for this (posting photos tomorrow)
I cant believe its raining here……………..Sunday a.m.
Apologies to those seeking the indigo silk – we sold much more than we expected but we will be dyeing more soon, so watch this space.
We are setting up tomorrow for the great Welsh woolfest at Builth Wells. The shop in Hereford will be closed until Tuesday.For those who are going to the show we are on Stand B9. Come collect your free pink shopper and say HELLO!
There will be lots of yarn, dyed and undyed some indigo tops, some great books, knitting kits; artisan yarns famouse linen lace, luxury yarns from Yarn Damour and much much more………………