Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Weaving Marvellous

I'm just back from an inspiring visit to Edinburgh's Dovecot Studios, "one of the world’s leading contemporary tapestry studios and an international centre for tapestry as a modern art form since 1912". But only extant in the oldest public swimming baths in Edinburgh for the last two years (after a rather substantial architectural conversion, obviously).

Staircase as art
What was once the pool is now the weaving floor, housing five or so looms, a display of glorious finished tapestries, shelves of sumptuously coloured cones of yarns and most exciting of all, a man with a tufting gun. Jonathan Cleaver was generous enough to answer questions and fire up the aforementioned gun for a little demonstration.
I defy anyone not to gasp when they first walk into the space, over-arched as it is by the original Victorian glass and metal roof.

The Weaving Floor and Balcony are not often open to the public but the ground floor gallery regularly hosts exhibitions.

I am still bouncing up and down with excitement after meeting everyone and seeing so much creativity in one place... Or it might be the side effect of drinking the best and strongest espresso I have ever consumed on British soil in the Stag Espresso Café at the Dovecot.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Accidental SEO

Today's erratic weather left me bored enough to take a wander through the data on my website in Google Analytics...
A dramatic spike in visits on April 29th caught my eye and caused much excitement here at Beading Towers. Then I dug a little deeper. The page they were all looking at? Kate's Tiara. Sorry chaps, wrong Kate. Next royal wedding maybe...
Kate's tiara

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


Without question I am rubbish at blogging. I don't do it often enough to be called a blogger and if I'm not careful my blog will be taken away from me. (Ok, so I made that last bit up).
I've been lucky enough to go on an SEO training course recently (more interesting than it sounds) so I understand all too well the importance of engaging with my audience. It's not that I don't want to either because I've already experienced the pleasure of posts getting read and commented on.

I think (and you are welcome to interrupt here) my reticence is based my frustrations with my beading.

I follow a lot of fellow beaders' blogs and you are all wonderful; full of new and original ideas. I know I need to find my own voice, relax about what I think I ought to share, stop over-analysing and just GET ON WITH IT.

Here is me, getting on with it:

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Stuff that gets in the way...

Chandelier by Venini from here
...of beading:
  • Eating
  • Housework (yes I do it sometimes)
  • Going to work
  • Sleeping
  • Dying my hair inappropriate colours (oops)
  • Paperwork
  • Wasting time on Facebook
  • Trying to find images to accompany blog posts