"March the month of many weathers, which comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" and it's already, a busy month in the gardening calendar, well as far as seed sowing goes, my first peas and beans along with onions, tomatoes aubergines, peppers, marigolds, cornflower, potatoes well yes there is no more room in my porch area or sunny windowsill !
A busy month also for workshops, all roads lead east, starting off in Fangfoss near York this week for hares and Herdwicks followed by hares and foxes later in the month at Masham. I am very much looking forward to our trips away and needle felting along with the class. We can't seem to stay away from this area, we visited York last month with our little grandson, telling tales of arrows flying, battles long ago as we walked the old city walls, and round Clifford's Tower, Jesse is at the age where medieval battles are magical stories.
There has been quite a bit of disruption with shipping overseas since "computers were hacked" at Royal Mail, and we have customers in the U.S. mainly who have been so patient but now with back logs the last parcel took 2 weeks longer to travel so we have halted overseas shipping until things improve. Our own handmade wool pads are always most popular in the Etsy shop along with the new gift and starter kits. Also, I'm pleased to say at last, that I can bring along to the workshops the new metal handled ones which people have been enquiring about . They are a limited supply which I had made , there isn't much room in the car it's filled with the materials for the workshops!
Needle Felting advice
I often get asked about where to learn a little about needle felting. You tube is pretty good for advice, I particularly like Phillippa's Felts, she has built up quite a good channel now and has a very practical and honest approach, another channel in the U.S. this time is Living Felt, she has an absolute wealth of knowledge and will give live tutorials on varied projects, just two I can think of of the top of my head, there are many more out there. Books, I don't have a lot on needle felting in my library, the ones I really like The Natural world of Needle felting by Fi Oberon, I would recommend if starting out , the pictures are good and clear and helpful when making larger items in contrast ie smaller items is Needle Felting Workshops by Jenny Barnett, her beautifully presented book also with clear instruction to create her lovey animals. I'd add to that my most recent purchase British Sheep & Wool, published by the British wool marketing board. A page on each sheep and it's wool properties with pictures of our lovely woolly friends and loads of info. Oh and for our little grandson, Sheep in the field introducing sheep (got to start them young ) and the lovely story of Mr Puddlebrush in the Lake district with the Herdwick, pictured above.
I'd really like to visit at least one Wool festival this year, sadly we no longer have Woolfest here in Cumbria but I have spotted this ! Cumbrian Wool Gathering 24th/25th June, in Skipton N.Yorkshire there is Yarndale 23rd/24th September, Bakewell Wool Gathering 14th/15th October in Derbyshire, these are strong possibilities so maybe planning ahead and reserving dates and buying tickets in advance is a good idea, in my case if there is a river nearby for fishing or a mountain to climb then hubby will be happy too.