You know the store is just packed with inventory, and our backroom is overflowing, and there's a ton of Christmas cards that constantly need restocking and well it's just like that. But I still played hookie the other day and went to a class put on by the Friends of Buford Park on making cordage from nettles.
Always been on my bucket list - the making cordage part that is. I didn't know you could make cordage from nettles. You use the stalk. It has to cure for 6 months to a year before you can work it.
Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy going. It's also tedious but curiously satisfying.
I really believe getting outside your normal routine is important to the creative process - so I'm hoping, in some ways that I'm not even aware of yet, that this little cordage class is going to inform my display work at the store. Who knows? We shall see.