The last few weeks have been manic to say the least. I have been preparing for Wonderwool Wales – dyeing yarn and fiber like there’s no tomorrow! But there have also been all those other bits that need to be done before a show, especially if it’s your first show ever…!
Take a simple thing such as the backdrop. Not a problem per se… and if I had a million £££ I could choose from a wealth of gorgeous fabrics, but as it is, I don’t have a million £££ so my choices are all of a sudden limited to about 3.
So, now I’ve chosen the fabric I have to decide by which means to hang it so I can buy the appropriate length of fabric and sew / prepare it as necessary. Not as easy as it sounds.
EVERY show have different means of sectioning off the stalls (and different heights), so I needed to figure out a way that would work on ‘all types of walls’ and heights, but that would at the same time be easy to put up and take down – I don’t want to spend an hour on the backdrop every time I’m setting up my stall… see where I’m going with this? And this is just the backdrop!
There’s a lot to think about when exhibiting for the first time… but hopefully I’ve done a good enough job and my stall won’t look too shabby :-)
I think I might have driven my husband to distraction by being totally cool and OK one day then a nervous wreck the next, worrying about every thing from ‘have I dyed enough yarn/fiber’ to what kind of tape do I need to bring?
Anyway, my hubby has been enormously supporting and patient with me and even done his bit to help make my job easier. Seeing how much time it took to re-skein dyed skeins he put his ‘thinking hat’ on and made me a home made electrical skein winder - how about that!!
Do I know how to pick a man or what ;-)
If you are visiting Wonderwool this weekend, please come by and say hello, you can find us at Stand S10.
Both shops (this one and Etsy) will be closed from Tursday 24th as I will be bringing pretty much all my stock to Wonderwool. I’m back home on Monday 28th and will reopen the shops as soon I’ve done my stock taking, hopefully on Tuesday 29th.