Whew. What a week. Sydney Craft Week is over for another year. I didn't get to as much as I would have liked but what I did see and participate in and teach was exhilarating, inspiring and full of a wonderful, vibrant energy. I met lots of new people and made new friends and my … Continue reading Making it even better
I made myself a new knitting bag to replace my favourite one that I lost at the airport and this time I took pictures as I went and thought I would share the instructions with you. For the bag you will need: 0.5m of cloth for the outside and 0.5m of cloth for the … Continue reading Knitting Bag
I have just returned from 2 weeks away in Europe. My husband and I spent the first week in Vienna where he had a conference and I stayed for a second week in order to attend a conference in Basel, Switzerland. We had a lot of fun, the weather was warm and we ate a … Continue reading Stitching through my travels
I am really looking forward to our upcoming Making It Better workshop on October 6th at the Australian Design Centre, as part of Sydney Craft Week. Whilst playing with the possibilities of some simple stitching we are going to explore whether and if so how crafting can ‘make it better’. Over the past couple of … Continue reading Making It Better – what’s the story?
In the next of our ‘Making it Better’ stories, I am honoured to introduce to you my friend and sometime colleague, the talented and lovely Kylie Innocente who has suffered more slings and arrows of fortune than surely are her due. Kylie has recently metamorphosed from being an occupational therapist working in Youth Mental Health … Continue reading Knitting Through Loss
Welcome to the third in our series of Making It Better narratives. The author, who prefers to be anonymous, presents a different perspective on the role of making: that making can become a cause of stress in itself rather than a therapeutic salve. I have certainly experienced this myself - particularly if there is a … Continue reading Making it Worse? When making becomes part of the problem.
Over the last week I have been engrossed in a newly published book Handywoman by Kate Davies. Kate Davies is a knit-wear designer now living in the Western Highlands of Scotland with her book designer/photographer partner Tom Barr. She designs beautiful sweaters, drawing her inspiration from traditional knitting of the north. Her website and … Continue reading Handywoman
With our ‘Making It Better’ workshop for Sydney Craft Week rapidly approaching (October 6), I have been thinking a lot about the different ways that people use making to get through challenging times. I have been having lots of Interesting conversations and reading articles and books and waking up in the middle of the night … Continue reading Making It Better – stories from the front line. Two generations of women spinning chaos into order.
by Susan Solomon For years and years I've watched people knit with fascination, envy and in some cases thoughts of old ladies!! Nah not for me! The last time I tried I was a school girl. I managed to knit one sleeve of a green jersey that buttoned up the front. I was supposed to … Continue reading The convert
CRAFT RETREAT: definition: Escaping from the usual routine with a group of kindred souls to engage in your favourite activities and learn a few new ones in a beautiful setting with someone else doing the cooking! And there’s usually some good textile related shopping to be had. What’s not to like? North American knitters have … Continue reading Fancy a craft retreat?