I've been getting questions about our 2023 tours, so I thought I better post an update. While I have some great ideas for new tours, I'm currently waiting to set dates until I see how some events are going to pan out for next year.
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.
This week, the Outer Hebrides of Scotland are looming large in my imagination. It's all due to Freya North's new book, Little Wing, which I devoured over the weekend. She is a favorite author of mine, and one of her special gifts is her setting descriptions. This book was partially set on the rugged island along the coast of Scotland, and now I'm dreaming of craggy, windswept beaches.
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.