May is proving to be an exceptionally busy one for our Guild. We had a lively meeting earlier this month when Mary de Sallis gave a fascinating talk on the history of lace making in Devon and how the craft has evolved to include designs that are modern and innovative. Mary brought a multitude of wonderful samples and the non-lace-makers amongst us were hugely impressed with the beautiful designs and exquisite detail.
We are demonstrating, displaying and selling our crafts at both the Devon County Show (21-23 May) and Proper Woolly (30-31 May) and the level of organisation needed for these has been an eye-opener for this first-time participant. My respect for those who have handled these sorts of events in the past is boundless!
As well as the events in which we are participating there was, of course, the open day at John Arbon’s spinning mill in South Molton. It would be interesting to take a headcount of the number of Guild members who went along to see the machinery working and came away with gorgeous fibre, yarn and socks! A delicious variety of fibres somehow sneaked into my car and made their way home with me! Of course this won’t happen at Proper Woolly … ??