Thank you all for your lovely kind comments on my last post - I realised afterwards I might have sounded as if I was in two minds about my decision, which I wasn't; it was just a fleeting malaise and now we are raring to go!
So, in my now copious free time (tongue firmly in cheek) I've been needle felting, making some brooches based on this tutorial. I'll spare you the photos of my poor injured fingers.
They were quick and easy and I was thrilled to finally find a local source of wool for felting though I'm quite sure these aren't natural dyes ... There is another felt project on the go but it's not quite finished yet.