Hello Voyagers! I'm sorry it has been so quiet around here - despite all my good intentions, I fell out of the habit of posting my interesting textile links on the journal. Of course, if you are signed up for the newsletter, you haven't missed anything, (The newsletter is the best way to stay up to date with us - you can sign up here). Anyway, I have had some requests to post this week's newsletter, so here you go...

I've been celebrating the new year by making plans for 2023 – garden plans, house project plans, and of course, travel plans! I've been busy working on an itinerary for a late-September Grand British Textile Tour. On this trip, we will be exploring some fabulous new experiences, stay tuned for the full details. In the meantime, I've rounded up a few videos I thought you might like to watch, as well as a fascinating fiber artist to check out.

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I think that is as true about places as it is about people. After a two-year hiatus, we were finally able to take our Grand British Textile Tour to London and the Lake District. The two years of waiting to get back to London felt particularly long, given the circumstances that kept all of us home. I spent a lot of time watching British TV, reading British authors, and generally doing whatever it took to ease my Anglophile longings for travel. On the day that I finally arrived in London, any anxiety about traveling went away when I stepped out of the tube into the city center and felt like I was finally home.

There are many things that I'm looking forward to on the Grand Swedish Textile Tour – after all, Sweden has a rich textile history. But, I'm particularly looking forward to visiting the ABBA Museum. I'm especially thrilled to see the costumes – you can even play virtual dress-up in their grooviest sequined finery. There is also the option to get on stage for some karaoke. I'm not much of a singer, but if you'll do it, I'll do it.

Everybody is talking about the new movie Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana. Specifically, I keep hearing about the costumes, which are supposed to be phenomenal. In this article, designer Jacqueline Durran discusses the task of reinterpreting Princess Diana's iconic wardrobe for this fictionalized world, creating a balance of recognizably "Diana" outfits that weren't actual recreations.