Travel has returned with a vengeance this year. I thought 2022 was stacked with events but this year hasn't let up. We had a stretch of a month with a robot competition every weekend we had to fly to as soon as my youngest son recovered from his brain injury from concussions (we are all still recovering from that trauma). This has been followed by travel regarding admitted student days and now the World Championship is just around the corner. Then work trips regarding textiles, two graduations to host and a family trip. On top of it my robotics team which is disbanding gets one last hurrah! We have been invited to compete in the off-season PanAsia Tournament in Australia this summer. And the kids decided to go! So we will be dragging the robot stuff (somehow) to Sydney and then traveling in a pack around Australia for a few weeks before they all move into their colleges.
So I have looked at the calendar and chosen all the periods where I could ship in volume for a few weeks and posted them on the shop.
As always, if you make an order in between, I will do my best to fill it that week and if I can't, I will let you know. But for obvious reasons, I can't post my exact out of town dates.
I will be doing some amazing work travel late spring - visiting some new production places in Italy and visiting old friends to cook up new threads. Those trips always result in a few years of amazing things we all get to enjoy.
I am still hoping for a Frostings Box this year, but production of threads for it stopped for many months because of the Coronation and I am sure the professional embroiderers are now stitching 24/7. Suddenly discussion of thread back-production has restarted. I have boxed what I have and in this batch is something I have been working on since the Plimoth Jacket to get back into production. I seriously thought about just keeping it all for myself as it has been so hard won.
I am still on track to introduce my completely revamped Sampler Design course in a few months. I have been busy constructing units on design, filming shorts, and charting motifs. I have several other smaller courses in development but until all the threads show up, I am waiting to talk about them. And I am testing some licensing agreement ideas with a major museum right now in the hopes that I can find a way to put some of my popular historical lectures online through my teaching site with ticketed views. It has taken me six months to finally get someone in the dept to listen to the idea and agree to estimate a proposal. Cross our fingers!