We are into April…finally Spring!

Too busy to write a blog is a poor excuse but it has been a very full diary for me these past 2 months! I have had lots of studio time, teaching, planning and travelling.

I have my flights booked for Australia and New Zealand for this November, I am excited to be going again, this is my 6th year in a row! I will be in Sydney to teach, lecture and exhibit my embroideries at NSW Embroiderers Headquarters. Also  Melbourne and Hastings, NZ. teaching a range of courses. Full details on my courses/Australia page.

The big event recently was my 17 day trip to Japan. It was a holiday, not work, which made a change. I had time to soak up the culture ancient and modern

It was a terrific experience in a fascinating country. We stayed in 5 different locations and saw some wonderful sights. We coincided with the cherry blossom time which made the first week very special. Starting the trip with a few days in Tokyo visiting temples, shrines and so many beautiful gardens was a great introduction to Japan.

From there we took a day trip to see the Snow Monkeys in Nagano. They are wonderful to see in their family groups.

Our next destination was Hakone for some gorgeous scenery and an amazing sculpture park. Another train journey took us on to stay with a lovely Japanese family in Kyoto, a beautiful experience in a fascinating city and finally Osaka with its neon city lights and great street food.

We got to see Mount Fuji too!

I took many photographs on the trip and I am very excited to create some cherry blossom embroideries. If I hurry up I may have one in time for Chelsea.

The embroidery I submitted to the RA Summer Exhibition has got through to the next stage so it will be going down to London on May 10th to go in front of the Judges. A way to go yet but I have got further than last year. Wish me luck!

One of my embroideries (“Amongst the Linseed”, see previous blog post) has been bought by Diana Springall to be included in her extensive collection. http://www.dianaspringallcollection.co.uk/ Lovely to be in in such esteemed company.

Work continues at speed for Chelsea Flower Show with only 5 weeks to go, trying not to panic. A new colour scheme this year so the paint brushes will be out to give new life to my sale counter! I hope to see you there!