I was thrilled and honoured to be asked to adjudicate the Textiles competition at the national Urdd Eisteddfod this year.

The judging day was a crazy, slightly surreal day – a warehouse full of Wales’ young people’s finest arts and crafts, and laid out for us to examine and admire.  The quality of the work submitted was exceptional.

One of the printed textile pieces which made it to the national Urdd Eisteddfod. I didn’t judge this category, but I love this work.

The weekend following the judging, I took the family to paint wooden pallets as ‘road signs’ on the approach to the Eisteddfod field.  The event was open to all and publicised on Facebook, we were there for a little over an hour, and as we left a load more children were arriving, it was such a lovely day for it.

I was also invited to run a couple of textile workshops in the Arts & Crafts pavilion on the field.  Weaving seemed the easiest activity to manage with an unknown number or children, so we (my husband and I) prepared some laser cut looms to a similar shape to Mr Urdd, the Urdd mascot, to be woven in the Urdd colours – green , red and white.

It was a fun activity, the kids all really enjoyed it, and I really enjoyed leading the sessions, I could definitely be persuaded to do this again!