Thursday, October 18, 2012

On my way back from Shetland and Wool Week

I am currently in Aberdeen and take the flights home tomorrow.

Even though I've been privileged to visit there a number of times before, the time on Shetland was as enjoyable as always. Wool Week was well organized, with many workshops, events and visits, that sometimes it was difficult to make a decision on what to attend.

As always, the Shetlanders were very friendly and welcoming. This year was special as the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Weavers, Knitters and Dyers have produced a book of lace designs, with biographies of the designers. More to come in future posts.

I haven't forgotten about the tours for 2013. Soon after I return home, I expect to have the final details I need to give everyone who is waiting the tour cost and to open registration.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Baskets, baskets......

I was fortunate to visit Namibia and Botswana in July, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the trip. (In fact, in 2014 I would love to offer a tour to these two African countries.) Anyone who knows me would not be surprised to know that I came home with many beautiful baskets. I never thought I would say this, but I admit that even I don't have room for anymore baskets! 
The photo below is from Namibia when my son and I visited a small settlement--it wasn't even a village--where we found many women and numerous dear little children sitting amidst piles of baskets, and obviously awaiting our appearance. The women work very hard to collect the grasses, dye them and then weave them into graceful shapes with their own designs. In a future post, I'll share more photos.