The bunches of teasels have now moved inside for safe keeping. I plan to load them on to the poles tomorrow as this will get them out of the way……

I’m now in the situation of having nearly run out of teasels……the barn has been emptied (I have been collecting since January!), and most of those still remaining in the fields, have been damaged/split open. I need to wait for the new crop. But, is time on my side? It all depends on what type of summer we get this year. The exhibition is planned to start in the second week of September, so if the curator is prepared to be flexible, then I should just make it! I want to have some ‘green’ teasels to represent the 1940s and the 1950s when the industry was at its peak, but I can’t really pick these when they are still in flower. So, here’s hoping for a hot, dry summer. We could certainly do with it!

Meanwhile I’m passing the time picking all the thorns out of my hands. I definitely think that my pain threshold has gone up in the making of this work……

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