“Nid da rhy o ddim”
Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first: Aunty Betty the chicken has made a full recovery and rejoined the rest of the flock. I can hear your sigh of relief from here but before you get too comfortable and secure, you should know that Miss Myfanwy Price (our Jack Russell) has developed a problem in the Waterworks department. It is like going back to her puppy hood: the familiar little crouch coupled with the guilty look – I’m talking about her now, not me – followed by a new stain on the carpet. Is it any wonder that I’m having ‘stitcher’s block’?
Actually the reason I’ve been having ‘stitcher’s block’ is not because of a dearth of ideas but because I’ve been having too many of them. If you’ve ready any of my previous blogs, you’ll know that I’m not brilliant at keeping journals or sketchbooks which means all the ideas jostle about in what passes for my brain. Add to the chaos a garden which demands more attention that I can give, animals with genitourinary issues and a bit too much interest from other people in my work as an artist and you have a perfect recipe to stop someone like me from threading a needle.
Luckily at this time of year, the pressure builds in the form of Christmas Craft Fairs. I wish I could say that I only do these to earn the money but I don’t. I do them because I love being part of events like the RWAS Winter Fair. Two new events for me are the Green Fayre and the Christmas Fairs at The Wildlife Trust’s Parc Slip Reserve. More pressure has built because I have agreed to demonstrate crafts at these last two. I’m going to showcase my abilities (!) at needlefelting, free form knitting and free weaving. If you’re in the area, come along and say hello.
But it’s not enough to just say you are going to do something; showing is always better than telling so I’ve decided the time has come for me to make some things too. This means grabbing a couple of ideas and making them come alive. I’ve found a craft that I really want to have a go at (I’ll tell you what it is next month) but I needed to get hold of some fabric, hopefully cheaply and preferably free. I called in on Clem, a mate of mine who runs an upholstery business. As luck would have it, he was clearing the stock room and I staggered back up the road carrying armfuls of fabric that was heading for landfill until I arrived. This is the first thing that I’ve made out of it – cute or what?
Now that I have fabric, a garden which has been harvested and a stock of puppy pads on the floor to mop up after an incontinent Jack Russell, there should be no obstacle to me producing some craft after too much of a summer break.
Hefyd, wrth gwrs, mae llawer o ddosbarthiadau Cymraeg yn dechrau yn yr Hydref. Rydw i’n hapus i siarad Cymraeg â phobl (yn enwedig pobl sy’n dysgu’r iaith) felly pe hoffech chi ymarfer eich Cymraeg, byddai’n bleser i gwrdd â chi. Hwyl am y tro!