Christmas Sale on Broad St, Reading 14th and 15th Dec

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Alabama Whirly and I will be exhibiting our work together on Broad Street, Reading in a Chalet style ski hut (AKA a nice posh shed!) on Saturday 14th December 10am to 6pm and Sunday 15th December 10am to 5pm. We will be down the Marks and Spencers, Sainsburys, entrance to the Oracle end of Broad Street so come and find us and say hello.

On sale will be knitted scarves, handwarmers, cushions and a few new Christmas theme goodies.

For more info on the event click here.

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In other news….I have been chosen as a Texprint mentor and I have been partnered with knitted textile designer and new graduate Gillian Murphy. Go check out her work – she is one to watch – Gillian’s Website

And….I’ve also been really busy making – not so much knitting but making humans this time. Katherine arrived in September. It’s been fun knitting things for her so expect kiddy sized knits appearing soon no doubt.

Art Exhibition with ‘Reading Between the Lines’ Production of Romeo and Juliet

Work in Progress for the Art Exhibition at the Minster Reading

Work in Progress for the Art Exhibition at the Minster Reading

I was invited by the lovely people at ‘Reading Between the Lines’ to create a piece of knitting for an art exhibition to run alongside their production of Romeo and Juliet. The art exhibition opens tomorrow 12th September at 7.30pm and will run until 28th September. The exhibition will feature the work of Reading artists such as Lou Jessop and Salvo Toscano More info about the production and tickets can be found here: – www.readingbetweenthelines.co.uk

My submission for the exhibition is titled ‘Star Crossed Lovers’. The patterns are inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It is hand knitted with wool from Shetland and I have taken inspiration from traditional fair isle patterns such as a star and cross and love hearts. It’s been a great project to be a part of and I have enjoyed making it.

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Where to find us in 2013

You can find us this year at the following events:

MAY

Coming up first in MAY is the Caversham Arts Trail – 11th – 12th May and 17th to 19th May.

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I am exhibiting at Lou Jessop’s house – 4 Hemdean Rise, Caversham. Lou is a wonderful colourful creative textile artist and fantastic cake baker. Other makers exhibiting at the same venue are:

Brenda Graham – I am so pleased to be exhibiting alongside Brenda as she was my art teacher at secondary school. I used to love those lessons and still have a piece of work that made in her class. Website here

Jan Lewis – Illustrations, cards, prints and sculptures

Su Macpherson – Willow weaving and sculpturing – Website here

Marc Juon – Handmade Jewellery – Website here

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Lots of art to see and creative workshops to take part in are happening all over Caversham over these two weekends in May. See flyer and website for more info on other exhibitors.

JUNE

The Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey – Devon 7th to 9th June.

Whiteknights Studio Trail 15th and 16th June.

More info of the June events to follow nearer the time!

A Colourful Christmas Time

Shop the latest collection at Culture Label – SHOP HERE

Stock is limited – so be quick..

…ALSO – It’s the Aunt Elsie’s Christmas do next week 29th November to 1st Dec in the Market Place in Reading. A selection of scarves and cushions will be available on the Jelly Stall run by the amazing AlabamaWhirly

Come and visit us at Selvedge Winter Fair Sat 10th November – THIS WEEKEND 10 am to 4 pm

We are exhibiting at the Selvedge Winter Fair this weekend 10th November at Chelsea Old Town Hall from 10am to 4pm. My lovely friend Sue will be there to help out as my glamourous and crafty assistant so please pop by and say hello.

This is what Selvedge says about the fair:

After three successful years the Selvedge Fair has outgrown its North London venue. Much as we loved its old school charm, this year we are swapping ‘the church hall next door’ for the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall. Our new central location offers the convenience of easy transport links and a host of textile related venues to visit, including the V&A Museum, making this the ideal opportunity for a weekend in London.

The Selvedge Winter Fair will retain its friendly atmosphere but offer visitors 100 stands with a carefully curated mix of antique textiles, talented designer makers and beautiful haberdashery. Exhibitors include Selvedge’s long standing favourites Julie Arkell, Tamara Fogel, Abigail Brown, Maiko Dawson and Åsa Pärson Textiles from Sweden. We are also delighted to introduce – new to the Selvedge Fair – The Marston House from Maine, USA, John Gillow and Jane Sacchi Antique Linens.

Whether searching for gifts, decorations and accessories – or the materials to make their own – visitors will be able to begin, and possibly complete, their Christmas preparations at the SelvedgeWinter Fair.

Winter Fair, Saturday 10November 2012 at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE. Open to the public from10am-4pm. Entrance £5.

Wool is cool! – Wool Week 15th to 21st Oct – Campaign for Wool

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Wool Week is here – Look out for various events happening around the UK this week to recognise the wonderful fibre that is wool.

Check out the Campaign for Wool website to see if there is an event near you.

http://www.campaignforwool.org/

Wool is a magical fibre and different sheep breeds will provide different fleece qualities to suit fashion or interior products.

 

To celebrate wool week, I thought I would share some wooly facts with you:

  • Merino is one of the most well-know sheep breeds, famed for its softness and durability. A Merino Sheep has a dense fleece. The fibres on a Merino fleece is closely packed and guarded by a thick coat of grease. This means that the tips of the fleece is weathered but dirt and grime does not get into the main bulk of the yarn, making it easier for the spinner to scour and clean to produce a wonderfully soft yarn.
  • My scarves made in collaboration with Tait and Style are made from yarn spun from Extrafine Italian Merino of a medium fineness of less than 19.5 micron. 

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  • My new cushions are made from the fibre of a Shetland Sheep. See first photo on the blog. They are super cute!
  • The yarn for my cushions is spun in a mill in Scotland. The yarn is lambswool  and uses a blend of the ‘First Clip’. The ‘First Clip’ is the very first clip a lamb produces which is super soft. Image
  • Morrit, fawn, mioget, musket, emsket and shaela are some of the Shetland words to describe the natural shades of a Shetland Sheep fleece. 

Happy wool week!