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Christmas wishes 2018

Looking back over 2018

Christmas wishes 2018

December 23, 2018

Coming to the close of the year, with the shortest day now behind us, it is an opportune time to look back to 2018 before we embark on 2019.  I will only mention the Brexit word once, and let us hope and pray that our politicians find a way forward for the United Kingdom that will provide for the needs of all in our diverse communities.

For me, 2018 has been a very busy and varied year.  If I had to pick one thing, I think the thing I have enjoyed most of all is consolidating the Level 1 and Level 3 hand spinning courses and seeing how beginners and already proficient spinners alike have blossomed, grown in confidence and skill as a result of the work they have done to gain accreditation.  Their enjoyment of the craft of spinning is palpable and it gives me such satisfaction to see some of them take this forward in new business ventures.

Having a stand at Wonderwool Wales in April was another highlight.  Two days of non stop talking to visitors would not have been such a success without the sterling help of friends and my husband.  I am already looking forward to next year’s event on April 27th-28th and if you have not been before I can highly recommend it.

Working with other local businesses has also been a joy - courses for Make it in Wales, sheepdog mornings for A Good Day Out, demonstrating at St Fagan’s National Museum of Wales at their ‘Woolly Weekend’  and Crickhowell Open Studios with CRiC. I live in such a beautiful and creative part of Wales it seems only natural to reach out to other like minded businesses and work together.

Taking part in agricultural shows, talks to groups, commission spinning, research and learning some new skills myself are all in the mix, as well as helping to run the farm and B&B.  So there’s never been a dull moment.

Looking forward to 2019, I have a few new things up my sleeve, including the Level 2 Multi Shaft Weaving course that launches in March.  It’s a 3 day course that will provide new and beginner weavers with a firm foundation of understanding and practical skill and successful completion will result in the award of an Agored Cymru certificate.  A brief syllabus is here and to book a place just get in touch.

So I will close by wishing you all a very joyful and peaceful Christmastide and every blessing for 2019.  Let’s make it a creative year!  Dunja x

All in a spin handwoven dove