Thank you Stella for your kind wishes. Yes it is fascinating, a wonderful way to spend your time. Half of the time up to my elbows in pretty grubby and rather stinky fleeces etc. But such a miraculous process to turn what can look pretty awful into fabulous soft yarns and fabrics. It never fails to amaze me and I've been doing it most of my life.
My favourites are the very fine fibres, they are just magical, people cant help touching them! Once you have worn them you don't want anything else, especially as they are the warmest fibres you can find.
But we make a wide range of items from clothes and accessories of course to household textiles. I am on an ongoing quest to use wool and natural fibres for as much as we possibly can in our home, it's a fascinating project.
Thank you Anna for your enormous help.
Winning the lottery sounds amazing!
I have visited Skye and other islands a few times and I love all the fantastic craftworks that are produced and the designs passed down.
I'm glad you loved your hand produced jumper, I do think items like that are ones to treasure and it is amazing how long they can last for. Its surprising how many people say they have a woollen jumper or item of clothing that belonged to their parents or even grandparents that they still wear. And of course there are some fantastic woollen baby blankets and shawls that have been kept in families for several generations.
Unfortunately there don't seem to be any permanences at all in our department they all seem to have been cancelled one by one over the last few years.
I haven't found any kind of business/enterprise service nearby that can help me, the only choice seems to be our nearest city which at the moment I just can't do. I will try again by phone and keep asking around.
Thanks for the link to the course online that could be just what I was looking for, it may well solve the problem. I can't work out what the cost might be though.
Can I just ask one last question in case you know the answer? If I registered online as a commercant for my primary activity do I register as an artisan for my secondary activity at the same time? (can I in fact?)
And if it was that the artisan sales ended up being higher than the commercant sales, would that be a problem? Would I have to alter anything as and when that happened?
I'm not trying to avoid doing anything correctly, just trying to find a way through to being able to work as soon as I can.