There was a time not so long along that I was convinced that using computers in earnest was confined to my archives. Little did I know that during this last year that I would seriously update my rusty IT skills and that technology would become vital to everyday living.
And so in early 2020 I took first tentative steps to teach stitching project online. While it was brilliant to engage with my students again, I could see immediately that the inability to see my students hands working was going to take a bit of adjusting to! However, needs must in tough times and on I and a group and patient and fun loving ladies proceeded. Commaradery and humour prevailed through three UK lockdowns and receiving photos of completed projects gave me hope that I had achieved something. These photos, however, were no substitute for wonderful day this Spring when I was finally able to see their fabulous work first hand.
For all of its challenges, I will be forever grateful for the ability to teach online. What it gave to me and so many others, was the possibility for making creative safe havens that were absolute lifelines. I was so very fortunate to be able to continue working at my Somerset Levels studio, filled with memories of happy creative hours with like minded others. As we emerged into spring, early sunny days gave me hope of stitching chatter and laughter returning once again and I set to organsing a space that I hoped students would be able to return to.
And when that day of visitors finally arrived, sunshine came in many forms. To meet my students again was an utter delight and my joy was further added to when I received this wonderul wall hanging that these kindly and thoughtful ladies had made for me. It will ever take pride of place in my studio and will remind me that creativity can thrive in even the darkest times.
For all of my joys in these Spring weeks, I am still very mindful that the human and financial costs of a world pandemic continue. I am hugely grateful for all the support I have received and I think often of those who have been and continue to be less fortunate. As I step into summer with hope in my heart, I will continue as always, putting creativity at the centre of my life with others who share my path. I have tentatively resumed my Open Stitch Workshops at my Spring Farm studio with a range of small projects and pray that I may long continue making sunshine stitching sunshine on the Somerset Levels.