Monday, 10 October 2016

Ally Pally Crafting for our Well-Being



Good morning my lovelies!
How are we all?

Today is a lazy daisy kinda day after spending last week working my little socks off at
the most amazing 'Knitting & Stitch Show' at Ally Pally in London.



I had the most A-maz-ing week surrounded by cloth, thread, yarn, embellishments,
vintage gorgeousness, and even handmade chocolates!

I've been in crafty heaven to say the least............
BUT
Do you know what really made me smile?

The daily taxi ride to Ally Pally through the back streets of London looking at the beautiful Edwardian architecture maybe?

The fabulous Indian restaurant I managed to discover?

The fantastic  plethora of wonderful inspiration on offer from so many talented people?

No.

The answer lies in human compassion...
Whilst at Ally Pally I have been overwhelmed by the beautiful warmth and kindness generously gifted towards me whilst demoing free motion embroidery on the Create & Craft TV stand


Your words and comforting smiles have all made me feel so humble in knowing how you feel I am able to offer you all a little inspiration and help with tips & techniques at times...
You've all shared your stories, your projects and your crafting worries and it has been lovely.

As you all know I am a textile artist who also appears as a guest presenter on TV at times.
Crafting for me is completely all about well-being, friendship and a gentle sharing of skills.
I know for many peeps crafting is often the only little ray of sunshine that helps to keep 
them smiling at times.
And I know through personal  experience when my husband was undergoing chemo treatment for bowel cancer, that sometimes you just need something like some gentle slow stitching, the hum of a sewing machine or the rhythmn of a pair of knitting needles to help to take you away from the harsh reality of life into a warm gentle happiness if only for a few minutes.


I am blessed to be in a very fortunate position of doing a job I absolutely adore and being able to walk my way through life in a gentle way sharing skills with so many others through crafting.
Hearing from so many of you; your stitching tales, your yarn rambles or your thread journeys and how they help to make up your own life's patchwork has been so inspirational and hugely rewarding.

Life often brings you riches in a variety of ways and sometimes not in a financial way.
You just have to decide what you consider is actually valuable in life...

A huge thank you for all of you who took the time and trouble to come and say hello.


Toodle-ooh -for-now folks!