News The GladRags Project Creatures Great and Small This is now my fifteenth blog for WHP – I still can’t quite work out where all that time has gone – and it’s longer than 15 weeks as more recently I have been writing fortnightly! All creatures great and small. That’s exactly what we have this week with so many people choosing to celebrate the natural world. Pride of place (and banner placing) just has to go to Pam Martin’s depiction of her sheep in Lollesworth Lane – well how could I not think that it’s a winner, as a feltmaker?! Clever use of textures and a simple colour palate somehow make this such a relaxing picture. As we have concentrated mostly on land and air creatures, I did want to include a sea-creature. This sparkly fish from Carolanne is something any of us would love to have in our garden fishpond! Carolanne and the other ladies of Surrey Choices have been very generous with their time designing and making squares and we will share more in the coming weeks. Well, I did say all creatures great and small – so here is the biggest creature in our dropbox – Jenny’s horse. I hope you are a rider Jenny – this chap looks so gentle. You can see that she, Carolanne and Joanne were working together can’t you? They have all chosen that lovely soft blue denim colour for their backgrounds. Joanne’s butterfly is a prime example of how pretty shiny beads can lift a simple shape and give it pzazz – and I love her use of ribbons for the antennae. In theory, at least, the Craft in Focus event is still due to take place at West Horsley Place in November. As lockdown continues, the GladRags Project will continue. Perhaps the final patchwork will reflect the changing seasons throughout the year; we may sew them together in the order they have been received so they read as a timeline of how we have kept cheerful as the pandemic and subsequent restrictions have extended. It would certainly be wonderful if we were able to gather safely in small groups in the spring to gather and start sewing the squares- we will watch this space! I am just so excited about getting these all stitched together so visitors can stand and seek out their own favourites. Maybe we could even have a ‘most voted for square’ – of course votes would have to be paid for and at 50p a vote we could raise some added funds towards a few roof tiles or a window!! What do you think? Good idea? For those of you who have only recently discovered our GladRags Project, your square needs to be 15cms with a 1cm border all round (thus 17x17cms) so they can be joined together. Send good quality pictures, your name and perhaps a bit about your influences to [email protected]. I’ll be keeping an eye on our dropbox for more of your lovely ideas. Nancy Shafee is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Fibre Art Network, Heritage Craft Association and current Chair of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen. Nancy lives in West Horsley. She teaches feltmaking and sells her work through The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Milford and Haslemere Museum.