Believe it or not, after eighteen months of being in my little rented workshop, I had outgrown it. It was a great place but I needed something bigger, brighter and preferably with a separate area to dry wool.
I've been on a dyeing break this summer due a mixture of family commitments and a burst pipe in the workshop. It burst in the attic on a very hot day and wrecked the ceiling, the kitchen wall and the electrics so I took it as a sign that it was time to find that perfect place. (No, I don't know how or why a pipe spontaneously starts to leak when it's 32 degrees outside either.)
I looked at many a place and found one that was most perfect. Everything is brand spanking new, it's six times bigger than the little workshop with a separate drying room so I can control the temperature and humidity.
It is also large enough for me to be open to visitors. Oh yes! Every Friday and Saturday I shall be opening the doors for people to come in and fondle yarn and fibre. There will be an area with table and chairs and most importantly a coffee machine. But don't come yet! My priority is to get the place up and running and my backside back in the dyeing saddle because current stock levels are very low and it would make for a very boring trip. I shall announce when I'm ready in the next few weeks.
The new address is: Countess Ablaze, 101 Chorley Road, Swinton, Manchester, M27 4AA.
There is an abundance of buses in the area that cover a great deal of Manchester and the studio is situated on the main high street, opposite the council civic buildings. There are tons of shops, cafés, banks and cash machines nearby.
At present there are three steps at the front of the studio to get inside. Although the entrance at the back of the building is at ground level, I'm looking at ways to make it accessible from the front for those with mobility problems and prams. I've had many a problem with my own mobility in recent years so I know how important it is to try to provide access from the front and not send people round the back. So please bear with me on this one, it will most definitely get sorted.
But in the meantime, isn't this a lovely blank canvas?