Family on top of the world

The weeks fly by and we are so grateful to find beautiful images still coming into the in-box!

Obviously the drop in temperatures has helped (especially if you work with wool) and with so much rain keeping us indoors there’s been more time for stitching!

We particularly enjoyed hearing from Juliet Corston who highlighted the things that had become important to her family. 

Music, chats on line with friends and a constant supply of entertainment on Netflix were important.

In our household bouts of manic effort in the garden kept us going at the start, like so many other households – until the weather became so hot! But then of course we were able to sit and admire the work we had done (and watch the grass turn brown!) For some reason our lavender and roses were better this year than ever, which may be what prompted the felt picture of a bee on flowers I included in my last blog!

music, chat and netflix GladRags squareOf course it is a joy to take advantage of the weather to join up with friends outside now this is allowed. Last week my husband and I joined with friends for a fabulous INDOOR meal at the Barley Mow in West Horsley – it felt like a real treat eating inside a restaurant after so long!

Juliet also mentioned how they had focused on the importance of family and celebrated the work of delivery services during the worst days of the pandemic when we were all getting used to our freedom being curtailed.

I love the boxes piling up outside the door in that pretty little embroidery!

We are all gradually able to accept the ‘new normal’ and all those strange words and phrases that have become part of our language: lock-down, air corridors, social distancing! And I am sure school children are looking forward as never before to the start of a new term.

deliveries at the front door GladRags squareWe will continue to give thanks for all those who keep us safe and bring food to our tables - and celebrate the good things we have all come to recognise, because we can be sure getting safely through the winter months will throw up more challenges!

Meanwhile, I do hope that those of you who have been able to get away on holiday will use your experiences to influence a square for our banner. Receiving them brings a smile to our faces as we switch on our computers in the morning – so keep them coming!

For those of you who have only recently discovered our GladRags Project, your square needs to be 15cms with a 1cm border all round so they can be joined together. Send good quality pictures and perhaps a bit about your influences to [email protected]

As long as your square is made in something that can be attached to the others, you can stitch, crochet or knit – try embroidery, colour-fast inks or paints, applique….or maybe feltmaking (let me know if you want some instruction!) The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

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.