An ancient craft…….. an idea for Christmas 

I wrote blogs a while ago about my visit to the  ruggedly beautiful Isle of Lewis. So remote yet teaming with nature and a good friend of mine, Philly Hare. Philly has made the island her home now and has embraced all that it has to offer, including the ancient craft of felting.

Philly took time out during my stay for me to try this craft for myself and the end result was the scarf which now hangs from my landing next to a map of my own paradise, Keswick. So I see both these as I walk down stairs each morning – what better view to start the day…..

Well Philly has taken felting to a whole new level and has created pieces to sell. Pieces inspired by the landscape around her. No one will ever get rich out of this craft as the price can never reflect the number of hours spent creating the final masterpiece. So you know all the pieces have been created through the love of the landscape itself. I aslo have 2 of her originals in my hallway as I come through the front door….

 When she sent me her latest video, it struck me how these would make amazingly unique Christmas presents, or gifts for any time of year. After all, each one is unique and stunningly beautiful. The other inclusion that sealed it for me was the inclusion of a baby seal, having been rescued by the islanders after getting caught in netting. The sight of it scampering to the sea sums up to me what the island is all about – freedom. 

You can watch it here

Now I did wonder why Philly hadn’t used the photos of me showing off her felting hats……but then Benny Hill expressions might not have led to many sales……🤣 some people just don’t suit hats and I’m definitely one. I so envy those who can carry them off. Sylvia could wear any hat and look stunning….but not me 🤣

Anyway….if you want to see more you can look at Phillys on line shop here with the lovely name of Full Moon Felting….AND there’s 15% off at the mo:

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

13 thoughts on “An ancient craft…….. an idea for Christmas 

  1. For some reason, I couldn’t access the etsy shop (even google didn’t know why), but I really did enjoy Philly’s video. What a gorgeous place to live and what beautiful images Philly is making of it. I think you’re a great model for Philly’s hats! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Dear Wendy, your book was recommended to me a couple of years ago, a marvellous read and inspiration. My wife is a suff…sorry, is living with dementia. I’ve only recently found your blog which is equally inspiring. You’ve even inspired me to buy one of Philly’s creations, so anyone looking for the Milky Way one, hard luck! Thank you, Keith

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