At this weekend's Soul Craft Festival, I'll be teaching some embroidery workshops over the two days. But I'll also be giving a talk. I know! Public speaking is not my favourite thing, usually. But when Felicia asked me last year whether I'd be up for it, of course I said yes.
My talk is called 'Giving it Away: Thoughts on Making and Giving' which pretty much sums up the content.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to really think about making, and why we give our work away, or don't, as the case may be. I also spoke to some friends who had interesting thoughts about this topic.
In preparing for it, I looked through lots of old photos to find things I've made in the past - many of which I'd completely forgotten about.
That's another good thing about having such a huge blog archive - there's no way I would be able to keep all this stuff in my brain - but looking through all the clothes and toys and embroidery, etc brought back lots of happy memories. You can see some of these long-forgotten projects above.
+ a project bag I made for my sister who knits when she isn't gardening
+ hand-painted cups (so many of these made over the years)
+ a butterfly cardigan (can't remember who I made this for or why)
+ toddler coats (some of these I sold in my etsy shop, and some were gifts for friends' kids)
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There are so many amazing things to enjoy at Soul Craft Festival! I'm actually quite jealous of the attendees. I'm excited to be teaching but would also love to wander around the market and demonstrations and listen to the talks and drink coffee and knit and chat with everyone. Hopefully I will squeeze in some of that too.
There are still a few tickets available (you can find them here) and you can choose whether you attend for one or both of the days.
See you back here next week.
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