When lockdown arrived it immediately put paid to several months of planned work developed over the previous year. This was not great. But I am lucky - I have a house with some outside space, and my adult daughters came home to stay for a while which was lovely. I volunteered straight away for the NHS but in the event was not needed so I switched to planning and preparing, and doing some online work. I am raring to go - but as a former theatre sister I am all too aware of looking after health and everything will be at the right time and Covid secure.
I found my Kendal Embroidery group a really successful format so I've been investigating setting them up in Lancaster (definitely) and Kirby Lonsdale and Appleby probably. The Royal School of Needlework are as keen as I am to resurrect the RSN@Lancaster Castle series of classes, perhaps the autumn depending on being able to find the right space. It's also been a time for me to start doing some of my own work and developing new designs, while keeping my hand in with commissions and repairs. Speaking of repairs I am very excited to get back to work with BBC One's The Repair Shop. The team are fantastic, and the producers have some ideas for me. It will be wonderful to be back in the barn when conditions allow.
When I'm not involved in those things I'll be in my studio in the Well Tower of Lancaster Castle. Do give me a call if you'd like to drop in - I'm sure we can arrange an appropriately distanced meeting even if the lovely Atkinson's coffee shop is closed. I am really looking forward to getting back to social embroidery!