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Winter Wool Fun

Can my last post really have been at the beginning if summer? My, my I’ve been naughty. In my defence I’ve been working long hours and not a lot else. To get my sparkle back I took a trip to … Continue reading

Granny Squares for a special #yarnbomb

Finally getting all my granny squares and knitting together for Scattercraft’s yarn bombing around Hampden Park, Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games. If you’d like to donate some knitting or crochet please contact scattercraft@gmail.com.

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I wish…

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I enjoy embroidery for embroidery’s sake but sometimes I’ve used it to express my political (with a small “p”) feelings. So I was really pleased to find out more about a movement called craftivism. I’ve been reading about this slow, … Continue reading

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Olympus om10

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If you’ve seen my Flickr page (link just over on the right if you’ve not noticed) you’ll know that I like my photography, especially lomography. Lomography is the buzz word for the old-fashioned taking photos with film as opposed to … Continue reading

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Embroidered label

I finally got round to asking for a locker at work & needed a label. Well, why just use a sticky label when I can get my needle & thread out?

Knitted Lace Christening Shawl

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Words fail me at how beautiful this shawl is. A wonderful family heirloom.

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Knitted Lace Christening Shawl

This took two months to knit and it was a total pleasure to make. It was made for a baby’s christening and his grandmother wanted the shawl to include a traditional ‘oak leaf’ lace motif. She sent me an image of the motif, so all I had to do was draft it out on graph paper as it didn’t quite match any of the designs in my pattern library, then get knitting! It’s surprisingly hard to find lace motifs based on deciduous trees, possibly because of the popularity of Shetland knitting (not many oaks on Shetland!). I was thrilled to discover a new design called ‘Boscobel’ by Michaela Moores (published by knitty.com) and adapted it for this shawl

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Bracelet making with Glasgow Bead Box

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I’m a bit of a magpie and love shiny shiny beads. So thought I’d give a jewellery workshop a go.

Glasgow Bead Box have started running workshops from the uber cute Cushion & Cake and I was lucky enough to get a space on their loops and links workshop.

I had so much fun and enjoyed Addison’s relaxed (patient) teaching style. We were itching to get stuck in to the beads and spent as much time deciding on which beads to use as we did making them.

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Once i got the hang of using the different pliers – I think I enjoyed snipping the metal a bit too much – and making loops with them for the first time I managed to make two different styles of bracelets. One where the beads all link together and the other where they hang down and jangle every time I move my wrist.

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Sorry folks but I’m keeping these and I’m very tempted by next weeks class. I also believe resin workshops are on the cards.

If you want more info please head to Glasgow Bead Box’s Facebook page or website.

Vintage is BACK @merchcityfest

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Last year Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival was joined by Vintage which is Wayne and Gerardine Hemmingway’s beautiful baby. We had a weekend of northern soul dancing, the chance to get our hair & make up done in 50s bouffants and rake around some of the best market stalls around.

This summer they’re back!

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I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch and hear Wayne Hemmingway talk enthusiastically about the weekend last year.

This year they’re expanding and as well as using the Old Fruitmarket they’ll also be in Merchant Square, Bell Street and Wild Cabaret. This should allow for a more tailored experience.

So while the Charleston Brunch, Torch Club and Soul Casino stay at The Old Fruitmarket the likes of Let It Rock and Devils Music move to Wild Cabaret.

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I love that the market will now be in Bell Street and there’ll be a dance course as well as courses on how to create (yes make) you own vintage items.

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Get the 26th & 27th July 2014 in your diaries!

You can get more info on Vintage here and tickets can be bought through Glasgow Concert Halls as well as Ticketsoup.

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CALL OUT #CRAFTBOMB

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[gallery type="slideshow" ids="2213,2214,2215,2216"] We are looking for volunteers to knit and craft for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year which will be installed from Mount Florida Station to Mount Florida Primary School 21 -22 July…

Slow, thoughtful activism

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Just over a month ago I joined other curious folk at Cushion & Cake to meet Sarah Corbett to find out more about craftivism.

During the meeting we contemplated what our legacy (or footprint) would be on earth. This was assisted by the CC footprint pack which required us to think of a phrase or quote that meant something to us. We then started to embroider the phrase onto a footprint for us to keep and contemplate on while Sarah explained more about craftivism.

Craftivism is a slow contemplative form of activism. There’s no shouting or banging of drums but rather while you stitch your mini protest banner or Don’t Blow It hankie for your MP you have space to think about your cause. When you’re finished photograph it, blog about it and start spreading the word. Who knows how many people will stop, look and think about the mini protest banner you put up in a public place.

Don’t get me wrong I believe that marches and demonstrations can create change too but this allows the individual to have an impact too.

I chose a quote I found on a gravestone that resonates with me

as measured rolls of set music we march to the grave in quick and slow step.

It might not seem cheery at first however it reminds me not to judge others and that I can still make my voice heard along with those whose voices have been muffled.

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Some of us have subsequently met up to finish our footprints and have some interesting plans to take it forward…but that’s for a future post:-)

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Here are some useful links to find out about this growing movement:
What is craftivism?
Craftivist Collective
How to host your own stitch in