Monday, 1 January 2018
The blog has been very quiet, in fact I've neglected it entirely for months. So a New Year's resolution - blog more frequently. well, maybe....! You can always keep up with what I'm doing on Instagram, where you can find me as deborah.gray7.
I've been winding up one phase of my life, my NHS job, and packing up one of my homes. In a week I will be a full-time resident in Oban, on the west coast of Scotland, and no longer splitting my time between two bases and two occupations.
2018 holds some exciting journeys, both literal and metaphorical. I am travelling to new Zealand and Australia to visit friends and soak up some antipodean inspiration, before spending the summer in Iceland at the Textilsetur in Blonduos. I'm going to be exploring some of the characteristics of the Icelandic sheep's two fibres, tog and thel, and using them to create some new yarn structures.
Some of my travels will involve teaching engagements, already lined up at Edinburgh Yarn Festival (15-17 March) and Shetland Wool Week (23 - 30 September). Those class details have to stay under wraps until the festival organisers release their programmes, but I'm very excited about them! I'm hopeful that the Fasanta Textile Festival will take place this year in Oban in October, and I will have an Open Studio weekend in August to exhibit the work I do in Iceland.
Of course I also have some workshops planned in Oban. Some dates are provisional so e-mail me if you are interested and I can confirm details.
Sat 3rd March pm Design and knit stranded colourwork bunting. £40 inc materials
Sat 24th March pm Knitting Socks two-at-a-time and toe up. £35 (email me for list of materials and needles to bring)
Sat 5th May pm Inspired by Scotland - blending fibres to create unique shades and mixes inspired by images of nature. £40 inc materials
Sat 15th September pm Drop Spindle Spinning for beginners £40 inc materials
[12 - 14 October - Fasanta festival of textiles to be confirmed]
Sun 28th Oct am Fleece preparation for handspinning £40; pm Drop Spindle Spinning for beginners £40 (or £70 for both classes) inc materials
Sun 2 Dec pm Design and knit your own Fair Isle Christmas bauble £40 inc materials
Individual tuition for anyone who wants to learn or improve spinning or knitting skills can be arranged on mutually convenient dates.
For further details or to book, please email Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org