I have just done this show in Exeter. It was a great space and although visitor numbers were not great, many people showed interest in my books, printing methods and stitching onto metal frames, of which more later.The weather was cold but not as cold as home and we had rain instead of snow which was a lot more manageable.
I have just started using this thread stand designed by my product designer son, Ben. It is a vastly superior stand to the one I had previously which was not heavy enough and kept falling apart.
It sits behind my machine and keeps the thread just where I want it, it has weight to it and it looks very stylish and does the job perfectly. I use cones of thread a lot so it is an excellent addition to my sewing kit. Thanks a lot Ben, it works a treat!
These wire frames are available in three sizes, 120 x 120mm, 120 x 180 mm, 180 x 180mm. They are very versatile, you can wind thread onto them and then stitch into it to create original fabric, working by hand or machine. You can use thread that is difficult to pass through fabric in the normal way. It may be stubby or textured or just too thick, or it may be fragile and easily broken. Open lacey fabrics or densely stitched fabrics can be made. The resulting fabric can be applied to another fabric or cut and pieced as fragments.
Frames cost £4, £4.50, and £5. a set of three, one of each size costs £10.50.