The Edinburgh Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers are going to be at the Creative Crafts & Gifts for Christmas show again, at the end of November. We did this last year and it was great fun being on the stand, demonstrating and talking. I'll be there on the Saturday of this year, all day. Do say hello if you're there.
But I digress from the theme of this blog post. When we set up the stand we like to include a display of items made by our guild members, to show off our crafts.Some people really enjoy this bit and submit several pieces but the rest...well, it's like pulling teeth to get most people to loan pieces to display. Not that they're worried about losing them or anything. No, they're worried that their work is not good enough.
Then, after several weeks of arm twisting, small parcels are shyly produced, usually accompanied by the words "It's not very good....". Then out comes some magnificent piece of craftwork, clearly the product of tens of hours of loving work and a credit to the craft. Astounding. I've spent part of today picking up contributions from this side of town and have gone through this scenario several times. Why do craftswomen hide their lights under a bushel so much????