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Unravelling Ceremony

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Prick Your Finger

invites you to an Unravelling Ceremony presented by

Sallyanne Wood

(Please understand we are unravelling the ravelling done by the action of knitting, not the actual work)

Tea, wine, beer, soft drinks, cake and bargins.

Prick Your Finger, in it’s present form will not re-open after Christmas.

Ever transforming, it has outgrown its original home and is ready to be fashioned into phase 2.

A new suitably crazy space is emerging, at it’s own pace.

In the meantime, I am writing a book about Mindfulness in textiles, and on-line sales will continue as normal.

So please come and celebrate the great times we have had here, and add your transforming energies.

You have been delightful and fascinating visitors and supporters, giving us an encouraging window on the world.

When I open the next door, I hope you will be there.

Love Rachael x

Poster made by Sally Anne Wood and Rachael Matthews

Open Tues-Saturday until December 20th

at Prick Your Finger, 260 Globe Rd, London E2 0JD

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Autumn Sale!

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This is the sort of Sale which stretches your imagination…in that we are selling off cheap the things which stretch your imagination.

Like why did knitters feel so confident in the 1980’s?

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And in millions of years, what will the fossils of acrylic yarn look like?

bundleAnd for those of you who wonder what our Bundles are for, well they are purely an opportunity, only now they are a bit cheaper.

Not pictured here are some additional sacks full of oddities and rarities, and things that we can’t imagine what you will do with.

 

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Mae has arrived – get your UFO’s ready!

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Dear All,

 

Mae Finlayson has arrived from Tazmania to administrate and remove any Unfinished Craft projects, we can no longer live with.

The service is free and comes with a free beer and a free conversation.

Mae will be answering questions about her practice, and study of the ‘Never Made’.

Our event starts at 6pm today and finishes at 9pm. Un Finished Objects will be emigrating to Tazmania next week. Please make sure you package the works your self and that they contain no dangerous substances.

FOr more information, please visit maefinlayson.com

Appointment Only

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

Appointment Only

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

Appointment Only

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

Appointment Only

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

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Open! Introduction to Spinning 18th July

yarnfebruary 003Get to the roots of it all with this Introduction to spinning!  Spinning gives you a lot of freedom in your work, because you can design and make your own yarns.  Collect fibres from animals and plants and understanding their nature, gives your textile practice a deeper connection withe the earth.

The class begins with a quick look at different types of fibre, which we then card (brush) ready for spinning.  The spinning starts by twisting the fibres in our fingers, and then we apply the help of the the Earth’s gravitational pull  by adding the Drop Spindle.

Drop Spindles are easily dropped at first,  which means embarrassing clatters and snapped or over twisted threads, made by most people in the class.  With an hour or so of practice, as if by magic,  spinning starts to work, and the thread piles up.

All spinners will see a demonstration of how the spinning wheel works, and some spinners might be ready to have a go.

Spindles and fibres are provided.

Appointment Only

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

Appointment Only.

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

Appointment Only

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

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OPEN! Macrame! 11th July

macrame-bottle macrameMacrame is a textile made from a combination of knots.  It is hands on, and uses no needles, so it can be good for those of you that find knitting and crochet difficult.  Knots can range from the most simple to highly complex, and you can make anything from braids, jewelry, fringes and pot holders.

Macrame is quite easy to learn, but  loosing yourself in the repetition and combination of patterns is the aim.  We will start by working off a bench, making thin braids, in a jute string.  You can move on to using other materials and working around objects.

This event is longer than our usual classes because we expect you to drift off, chat or meditate.  Materials will be provided but you might also want to bring something to work on.  Perhaps you have a scarf that needs an edge or a vase that you could decorate.

Tea and coffee and materials and worksheets provided.

Rope Making with Sound UAL Thinkers.

‘Crap-tech ‘ was a name given (usually by non-believers) to some of my early textile engineering projects.  Crap they might look, and low tech they always are, but here is proof that high tech has to start with the low.  On Monday, I jointed the UAL ‘High Tech Low Tech Community’, to help  investigate how sound could travel through rope.

Here is a draft film featuring the Rope Making Machine Mark 1, cobbled together with one end of an old 3 ply rope making mechanism bought in Huddersfield, an industrial trolly,  a wheel made from a revolving cake stand, some ply wood and two cupboard handles, and two ply controlling tools cut out of scraps of pine.

Sound effects on film to be improved upon soon…

Clamps were also essential.

The group consists of Anne Marr Course Leader BA Textile design CSM, Tom Gardner, Senior Lecturer in Communication at LCC, Kevin Walker, Head of Program in Information Experience Design RCA, Colin Priest, Course Leader, BA Interiors and Spatial Design, and Nicholas Marechel physical Computing specialist from LCC.

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These UAL tutors really love their investigation work.  Here they are recording everything.  I now refuse to accept Crap – Tech as an applicable adjective.  The most simple tools can enable big thinkers to come up with beautiful ideas.  The discussions after we made rope, gushed. July 2015 063

Rope Making becomes really interesting when you mix the materials.  The thin rope on the right was made with paper and copper wire, which came in thin strips, which we then knotted together.  The Paper yarn, which was twisted before we started, remained strong through out the process. The Copper however became very loose with the first twists, and then as the plying together happened, it became very tight, to the point of us wondering whether it might snap. It didn’t snap. July 2015 073Usually when you free the newly made rope from the machine, it behaves as we all do when let loose from a tight situation – it bounces, dances a bit, likes to untangle itself and feel a bit free. A Rope needs to be giggled about a bit before it finds it’s true nature.  The wire and paper rope didn’t do this – it just stayed the same, happy to do as it was told.  The Group gave this rope the working title of  BT/Infinity/Virgin.bluepompom

Colin bought some pom pom yarn from the pound store, which made some interesting effects when mixed with flatter yarns.  Here it is twisted with jute and cotton.  Working title name ‘Referendum’.

knot2Anne had a fascinating sample of rope  which could withstand the heat of a kiln.  Anne had covered a knot in slip and fired it; no burn effect on the fibres at all.  This could lead to amazing works, but a big hinderence is that it costs £4,000/m, which makes this sample worth at lease £1000, possibly more if you add the value of Anne’s genius and simple idea. July 2015 057Nicholas Marechel’s  edition of a ‘We’ enabled the collecting of data, which could later be used to guide composition.  Here it is bound to one ply of cotton rope, and below the information being gathered as Colin wound the handle,July 2015 068

 

 

 

I really liked Tom’s idea that the Rope Making Machine has 3 ply, and in music the basic Chords,  have 3 notes.  That got me thinking about 3’s and I was led to a Wikipedia page about Philosophical Trichotomies!

Yes! Everything fits into 3’s for philosophers through the ages.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichotomy_(philosophy)

Including my favourite philosophers, the low tech Punks.  Here are the 3 chords you need to start a band, as seen in ‘Sniffin’ Glue ‘ magazine 1976.

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The High Tech Low Tech community have asked me back to work on a sound piece with them in September.  Watch this space for the next installment.

 

Appointment Only.

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

Appointment Only.

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

Appointment only

Apologies for the shop being closed.

It is quiet in the shop during the summer, so we are away,  working on  other projects.

Please e-mail for an appointment if you need us- we are happy to arrange an opening for you, as we do not want to halt your creativity.

On-line shop is still in operation.

We will be open this Saturday

Yan Tan Tethera -Mandala Construction #2.

 

 

In May 2014, Prick Your Finger presented the first opportunity for a  Knitted Mandala at the ‘Yan Tan Tethera’ Show at Cecil Sharp House in London. The Show was curated by David Littler, who gave us a wonderful chance to go through the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Sharps and pull out songs about making textiles, which we could then sing with Aimee Leonard’s Folk choir.

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Last weekend we went on tour to Winbourne’s Walford Mill,  to show our works and take part in the Winbourne Folk Festival. Here we all are,  at the mill, gathered like we are in a band photo, in between Freddie Robins’s artworks.  We were all camping in a field down the road, and as you can see from the photo, we had kept ‘it’ all together.  Top left is David Littler our curator, and the one who makes everything funny and possible. In the middle is Aimee Leonard, who sings like a lark, with a soft Orkney accent, and can get any tune out of her drum, which she made herself.  Shane Waltner is crouching down at the back, and he is our master of lace dancing in the street, and on the dance floor.  He can calmly mastermind many dancers to weave fabric whilst dancing to a fiddle.   Faye McNulty with her practical boots, is a wizard in the print room, and runs the events at the English Folk Song and Dance Society. This means she can  make anything run smoothly, and give you that feeling that you are  on holiday, which is the emotion that I am expressing on the  floor on the right hand side.   Those flipflops were hopeless for barn dancing later.

 

walford_ytt_mcgrath1We missed our absent friends, Freddie Robins, Stewart Easton, Celia Ward and the McGrath Makers, and all our friends from Spin Cycle.  Here is a morris dancing outfit made by the McGrath Makers, the adults with learning difficulties, who would have loved to see all the other Morris Dancers at the festival.

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The idea of a Mandala came about when thinking about  the communial knitting projects we had experienced before, and the singing of traditional songs to help us get through the work. Curating site specific knitting events is always strange because time has to play such a huge part in your plans.   Here is a booklet I produced for Yan Tan Tethera’s knitters, showing patterns for little charms which could be added to the mandala.

Knitting is slow, so music and dance can be the key to getting a project finished.  There is a temptation for group knitting projects to produce something ‘big’.  The knitted mandala was designed as an event piece having no beginning or end, and small pieces could be made and added to it at any time.

 

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Here we are one year ago, at Cecil Sharp’s with the Mandala Mark#1.  This mandala had a solid, knitted background, which we realized made the application of charms, less fluid.  Each charm had to be stitched on, which prevented it from being moved easily.  We learned that charms need to be moved so they can relate to other charms as they arrive.

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The fluidity of the Mandala came with a re-build from ‘string art’! Using the ‘Knit by Numbers’ range of Merino DK, the new background was woven in multi – shades of the same colours, giving a new depth and plenty of space to hide, gather and accentuate the charms which had been added.
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As new groups bring new charms to the piece, we can now arrange new patterns.

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It took a long time to bang in all the nails around the edges, but the work was a joy to make and it cast beautiful shadows on the floor.  It was fun hiding the sheep in between the grass, and letting the mini socks fall out of the sky.  string-manadala4Sometimes the mandala looks good with lots of yellow ducks gathered together to form the sun, (as seen above)  and sometimes it is nice to have the space in the middle just left black. string-manadala5

 

Here are the Winbourne knitters having a go at the Yan Tan Tethera Patterns.  Aimee taught us folk songs while we worked, and pretty soon we were all joining in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

walford_ytt_knitters2David Littler our curator, learned to knit again! He’s really good when he gets going, but his little tie is still too small to wear. It really doesn’t matter though – he got us all there in the first place, so we reckon he is a great knitter whatever he does.


walford_ytt_knitters7The Winbourne knitters made their contributions in acrylics, despite the free matching merino on offer. It was their choice of yarn, and as a result their work really stands out, so we will always remember them!  walford_ytt_matthews5The amount of knitted orange chickens continues to overwhelm us. They are so popular.

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It’s a nice vibe at Walford Mill.  If you don’t want to knit you can sit and watch the YTT film in one of the arm chairs, which is asking for embroidered graffiti.  There are Shane Waltner’s Bobbins from his lace dancing hanging in the window.

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Shane’s lace dancing was great out in the street. Ben played the fiddle and Amiee her drum and her you can see all the threads from all the dancers, taking over the street.

walford_ytt_waltener_performance_13It’s a bit like maypole dancing I guess, or friendship bracelets on a rather large scale. Shane calls the finished piece a ‘score’.

These were my favourite Morris Dancers, the Exmoor Borders.  I bet they wear John Arbon’s teal and purple 4ply alpacca socks in winter.

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Beginner’s Knitting – 20th June

This is a two hour class introducing you to knitting.

beginners-knitting2beginners-knittingThere are two basic  stitches in knitting, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Everything else in knitting is made from a combination of these techniques.

We will start with Casting on, learning to hold the needles comfortably, creating rows of knit, then the combined knit and purl.

Most students leave with a deep understanding of what knit and purl stitches are and how to fix them when they go wrong.  Dextrous students often leave with the ability to rib, and knit with two colours.

A cup of tea and a small group ensures a relaxed learning experience.
Yarn and needles are provided and you can take them home with you afterwards.

We can also discuss your ideas and direct you to the right yarn for your first project.

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Beginner’s Crochet 20th June

beginners-crochetThis two hour class introduces you to crochet.

We will start with chains and learn to hold the yarn and hook well. Then we will move onto single, double, and treble stitches, and lace patterns.

The more dextrous student will move onto working in circles and 3d forms.  All students will leave understanding the potential of crochet, it’s structured patterns and the potential of free-form crocheted drawing.
The hook and yarns are provided and you will take them home with you afterwards.

We can also help direct you to the right yarn for your first project. Students often move onto the Granny Square class after this introduction.

beginners-crochet

Beginner’s Crochet – 10th June

beginners-crochetThis two hour class introduces you to crochet.

We will start with chains and learn to hold the yarn and hook well. Then we will move onto single, double, and treble stitches, and lace patterns.

The more dextrous student will move onto working in circles and 3d forms.  All students will leave understanding the potential of crochet, it’s structured patterns and the potential of free-form crocheted drawing.
The hook and yarns are provided and you will take them home with you afterwards.

We can also help direct you to the right yarn for your first project. Students often move onto the Granny Square class after this introduction.

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Beginner’s Knitting 3rd June

This is a two hour class introducing you to knitting.

beginners-knitting2beginners-knittingThere are two basic  stitches in knitting, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Everything else in knitting is made from a combination of these techniques.

We will start with Casting on, learning to hold the needles comfortably, creating rows of knit, then the combined knit and purl.

Most students leave with a deep understanding of what knit and purl stitches are and how to fix them when they go wrong.  Dextrous students often leave with the ability to rib, and knit with two colours.

A cup of tea and a small group ensures a relaxed learning experience.
Yarn and needles are provided and you can take them home with you afterwards.

We can also discuss your ideas and direct you to the right yarn for your first project.

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Knit-a thon at Grant Museum of Zoology.

 

 

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Ruth Marshall is an Australia artist knitter, who’s craftivist practice is concerned with the extinction of animals. She has knitted many skins, mounted as if they were hunting trophies. zoo2 Our Knit-a Thon was scheduled for 12 hours, and aimed to help knitters make Possom skins, and knit items from the amazing collection at the Grant museum of Zoology.  zoo4Max was really excited and the museum staff loved to see her knitted moths, which were amazingly similar to the real specemins, although much smaller! zoo5There were lots of bones to study. Marrianne crocheted a spider monkey skull, which she was then allowed to photograph in the display case. zoo14zoo6

I studied a Gorilla Fumer, which I found really hard to knit.zoo19

I was pleased later when a bone expert said it was ok. It’s the top of the thigh were the socket goes into the hip, but I only got half way. zoo7

Many of the knitters, knitted possoms, starting with the tail. zoo11 Many posomms were finished and were taken home for pressing.

Some of the possoms turned into other things! Like this squid! zoo8Everything was so interesting. Here we are having a lecture by Sarah a Phd Student, who talked about artists showing wonderment in wildlife. zoo12 Claire’d mother had adopted a dissected cat in the museum, so loved coming to knit along side it. Claire was amazed that she could knit the dissected cat. Here are the start of it’s intestines. zoo16Mother and daughter will be coming back to visit the cat more often, especially now Claire’s mother has a lifetime adoption of her half a pet.  Half way through the day people were really understanding that you can knit ‘anything’. The museum is such a wonderful resource and opportunity to turn your stitch vocab into something unusual. zoo15

Max knitted this flying fish in the fastest time imaginable.  The curators and staff were so very kind and generous with their knowledge. zoo18

They are very pro- creativity, and  open to suggestions.  They create a lovely atmosphere for knitting.zoo17

They might be finding odd knitted creatures coming their way for quite a while! Thanks for a lovely day everyone.

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There are 5 UFO’s from yesterday. Please await a future post to see and/or adopt them. 

 

 

 

Tamari at the Trinity Centre.

 

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Adults with learning difficulties enlighten  teachers.  balls9

They require us look deeper into how things can be made.balls7

The Tamari making workshop gave each student a polystyrene ball, which they could wrap up in yarn. Pins could help them place yarns or control them if their hands were a bit shaky. The carers of our students also learned a lot.   Many of them learned to collaborate on design, helping to find the right colours and use pins to make shapes.balls8

Sheila has neatly placed direction in her winding and likes to see the colours coming through in shapes from the layer below.

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Josie loves the pastel pinks and oranges, to match her hair which is strawberry blonde.  She was wearing a shirt with a purple pattern, so we added a purple stripe to the ball. Not too much though, as the pinks were important.

Our workshop was on the day of the general election. There were a lot of red flags flying at the Trinity Community Centre in East Ham where we were working. Red yarn was the most popular .  balls5

The Candidate kept popping in to the centre to pick up her papers. Every time she did, the students nabbed her for a photo and gave her another red Tamari ball. balls15

The pins allowed us to make shapes in the ball, which meant we could add letters! Here is ‘L’ for Labour.  balls2

Eddie really loved the work. He changed colour a lot and enjoyed making the ball change shape.  balls11

One of the carers helped make a Tamari face.balls4

Some of the tamari balls are unfinished and will keep getting bigger and bigger forever.  balls3

Together the balls make a lovely collection. We have all learned such a lot.


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Finished UFO

 

This little minty thing was hanging around in the UFO Project administration for years. It is  small, knitted on approx 2mm needles with  intricate decreasing in the middle and at the edges.

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Ellen made this detailed drawing.

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The Piece was adopted by Jackie, after a talk about UFO’s which I gave to the Guild of Spinners Weaver and Dyers in West London.

A few weeks later Jackie sent us this picture of her finished piece, which she now has framed in her home.  The little decreases have directed Jackie into a delicate heart shape. What a gem. 
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12 Hour Knit-a-thon, while specemins look on! Come!

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/whats-on/#1319

 

 

Great Grant Knit-a-Thon

Date: 19th May | Time: 10am to 10pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Any

Strange Creatures After Hours
The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.

Inspired by artist Ruth Marshall’s knitted skin of a Tasmanian Tiger on display, The Grant Museum of Zoology has teamed up with East London yarning Collective Prick Your Finger to bring you The Great Grant Knit-a-Thon. Bring your knitting needles along to stich one, purl one or your crochet hooks and create an animal skin of your own. From 10am till 10pm visitors are invited to pop in, at lunch or after work with a glass of wine, and craft a menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures. We have skilled tutors to provide a helping hand and for the experts there are prizes to be won for the best knitted beast inspired by the Museum’s amazing collection. Explore the museum’s current exhibition Strange Creatures and hear from co-curator Sarah Wade how natural history museums can use contemporary art and craft to engage with visitors.

This event is free and there is no need to book, drop in at any point over the day.

For more details contact Dean Veall 020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

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Shop Closed for Heritage Craft Association AGM – Sat 9th May

hcaWe are closed because we are lobbying the government in a petition about heritage craft.

“The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.”

www.heritagecrafts.org.uk

Sorry for any inconvenience caused. We will be open as usual next week.

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Macrame! 2nd May

macramemacrame-bottleMacrame is a textile made from a combination of knots.  It is hands on, and uses no needles, so it can be good for those of you that find knitting and crochet difficult.  Knots can range from the most simple to highly complex, and you can make anything from braids, jewelry, fringes and pot holders.

Macrame is quite easy to learn, but  loosing yourself in the repetition and combination of patterns is the aim.  We will start by working off a bench, making thin braids, in a jute string.  You can move on to using other materials and working around objects.

This event is longer than our usual classes because we expect you to drift off, chat or meditate.  Materials will be provided but you might also want to bring something to work on.  Perhaps you have a scarf that needs an edge or a vase that you could decorate.

Tea and coffee and materials and worksheets provided.

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