My dear Mam, Betty, passed away a few weeks ago after a long battle with cancer and I took time off work to be with her both at home and at the hospital. She was a big inspiration in my work, and worked for me occassionally a few years ago before she became ill. She spent many hour herself designing and making her own clothes.
Here she is a couple of years ago, standing in my stall at the Shetland Arts and Craft Christmas Fair, wearing a jacket she had designed and knitted. Many people asked her if I had made it, much to her annoyance and my amusement!
When I made my first felt bag Mam told me what she would like, so we designed it together.
I named the bag the "Ursula Bag" which was her middle name. When I came up with a new design I would usually ask her what she thought and would take it from there - she would very often even "aquire" many of the pieces!
She will be a huge miss but I have to concentrate on the good memories and there are many of them.
On a more positive note I am expecting my first baby, due on the 6th August. I am on maternity leave now so my website is now closed and the last couple of orders for galleries will be sent out on Monday. I am hoping to have some time to relax, get things ready, cook meals for the freezer etc.
I also have so many projects (for myself for a change!) going round in my head that I would like to do so I will see if I can get them fitted in.....
I will be back making and selling soon, but not sure when, I will keep in touch with news of new designs, I hope to have a new range of work when I get back into making.