Thank heavens the weather changed for Art in Action! Whilst setting up we were dodging the showers and mud, but thankfully once the show opened the sun appeared. That made me one happy camper – our tent was pitched in the shade of a row of apple trees; quite idyllic.
Now that I have a space between shows I can finally get down to weaving a series of Dorset Down blankets. I stopped on the Blackdown Hills on my way home from Coldharbour Mill last August and sketched the colours of the trees just before they turned for the Autumn. This was the inspiration for the design, so I’ve now got to get back to the dye pot and prepare an 80 yard warp for the Hattersley.
I also have wonderfully received a small grant to help towards my research into the pre-industrial handweavers on the Blackdown Hills. Devon was once a really wealthy county because of it’s woollen industry and it would be wonderful to trace those roots and meet my predecessors. Watch my Twitter and Facebook pages for updates!