December 8, 2020
The rest of May turned out to be a disappointing month. I had a full show schedule lined up starting with the Maryland show in early May and finishing with a holiday show in Providence, RI. By the end of the month all of my shows had been cancelled.
June was even worse. My sister, Gail Louise, died of Multiple Myeloma. It wasn't unexpected but the loss was still a shock to the system. My energy took a real nose dive and it was difficult to focus. I'd wander into my studio, look around, and then wander out again. For a while there, the only thing I felt like doing was dyeing fabric. I just followed the steps and the wonderful colors lifted my spirits if only temporarily. By October I started to come around and those piles of newly-dyed brightly-colored wool fabrics called to me. I began sewing again, the creative juices started flowing, and the work felt nurturing again.
Tomorrow I'll start photographing the new bags (a smaller version of the Center Stripe Bags made with the dyed fabrics and a whole new knitters project bag) and getting them up on this site and on Instagram and Facebook. I have other bags cut out and ready to be sewn and even more on my To-Be-Made list. If you want to be one of the people who sees them first, like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, or subscribe to my newsletter.
May 6, 2020
The virtual Festival went very well!! I sold waaaaay more bags than I expected and had a lot of fun. I enjoyed posting on Facebook, answering questions and reading the comments, and seeing all the likes and loves tally up. Many people reported really appreciating the event, not only the vendors but those who would not have been able to be there in person. I expect virtual events will be a way of the future....or at least for the next few months. :)
April 27, 2020
Since the actual Festival was cancelled, the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival staff decided to do a virtual one! It will take place on Facebook on May 2-3 starting at 8:30 Saturday morning. Not only will a whole new line of my bags go live on Wednesday but I am offering a 15% discount on all purchases during the Festival! Just enter msdw2020 at checkout.
I'm not sure what this will be like or how it will go but stop by and take a look: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mswfOnlineCommunity/
April 6, 2020
I am sad to report that The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (May 2-3) has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. As much as I was looking forward to attending for my first time this year, canceling the show was the responsible thing to do. I hope you and your family and friends are doing okay. This is a very difficult time for so many people for so many reasons but hang in there and keep on knitting! Being creative during times like these can be very helpful, especially at reducing stress.
I had also signed up to participate in the SoWa shows in Boston every other weekend starting at the end of May. Most of those shows will probably be cancelled, too, but I'll keep you informed. Here's a link if you want to take a look: https://www.sowaboston.com/sowa-open-market