Such is the power of social media that I seem to be picking up new ‘Followers’ of my blog and ‘Likers’ of my Facebook page at an amazing rate, despite the fact that I haven’t actually published any new material on either of them for ages! Suffice to say that life, death and family matters have conspired to divert me from playing a particularly active role in the world of quilling over the past couple of months … and all this has unfortunately kept Quilliance very quiet indeed.
So, finally, I am ready to break the silence and re-connect with all my wonderful online friends again. But, do you know what? The truth is, I’ve gone and done it again! Yes, folks, I’ve embarked on another huge new quilling project that I can’t actually blog about yet because it’s destined for entry into this year’s Quilling Guild competitions, and must therefore remain under wraps. D’oh!! Being the glutton for punishment that I am, it’s a complicated piece which is going to include well in excess of 1,500 tight pegs – some plain, some multi-coloured and ALL of them finger-rolled without holes in the middle! I must be mad!
I AM going to try and develop a few more new quilling ideas alongside this project, however, so hopefully I will be able to produce enough new interesting posts to justify my followers’ continuing interest in me.
Meanwhile, I can tell you that I’m also getting busy again preparing features for ‘Quillers Today’, The Quilling Guild‘s exclusive members’ magazine. I’m SO excited about the forthcoming Spring edition! One of the best things about being a magazine editor is that you never know quite what the next email or postal delivery is going to bring – and I’ve received some amazing material from members in recent weeks, including some breathtaking examples of antique quilling that, as far as I know, have never been seen in public before! The filigree work created by 16th and 17th Century Carmelite nuns is already well documented in quilling history, but did you know that the tradition of quilling in Carmelite monasteries continues to this day? Well, neither did I until I learned of it recently from some newly-recruited members of The Quilling Guild … and what I’ve discovered is going to make a fabulous feature in the magazine! If you don’t want to miss it, simply join us as a Member of The Quilling Guild. The next magazine is due to be published in early Spring.
Another source of excitement is the fact that I’ve just been asked to stage a workshop for a very enthusiastic young quiller’s 9th birthday party next month – that should be a lovely, if chaotic, experience! I’ll let you know how I get on.
Well, there you go – I’ve broken my silence at last. And I really will try not to leave it so long next time!
Happy new year everyone!