If the Forest and Rivers Open (FarOpen) Studios Art Trail takes place again in 2022 I’m starting to think ahead to that. I’d like to plan some new products to fit alongside my hand-made, embellished bags and the small machine-embroidered quilts. Small art quilts are one possibility as well as expanding my range of unique bags, perhaps for children. The other option could be to add lap quilts for adults, which I had planned last year but ran out of time.

Certainly local stitching groups will want to start planning exhibitions and Wye Valley Stitchers, which I chair, is hoping to organise an exhibition of members’ work. We are based in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire and our membership covers the Royal Forest of Dean as well. A beautiful part of the world with many craftspeople and groups taking advantage of the gorgeous scenery with its inspiring views and amazing walks.

Until then we continue on line using websites, Zoom meetings and presentations, Facebook groups and all the other technology at our disposal.

Here is my sketch of the Forest of Dean and River Wye. this will be my inspiration for the wall art that I plan for this year.

The Forest of Dean and River Wye. A design for a wall hanging – work in progress.