Monthly Archives: May 2015

A Gallery of Your Work ….31 May

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scarfcopysThe Gallery

This is the Gallery of Your Work as it stands at the end of May 2015.

Are you shy, or haven’t got around to sending your work in, or just don’t trust me????

I really, really want this blog to be interactive and a place where you can go to get some ideas and inspiration!  I’m always offering to showcase your craft work – smile – either as individual “Show & Tells”, re-blogs, or to author an information sheet.

This was my invitation to contribute your work to this Gallery of Your Work.

And here are the 6 contributions – one of which is mine!

The text explaining who made the item and any details about it is accessed by hovering over the picture – to see the picture in larger definition, please click on it, and you will get a slide show.  The full text will be easily read, and you can even leave comments on any picture, for the maker!

Having taken inspiration from a fellow blogger, who put up a poll to ask people what design of crochet table runner she should make – smile – see here ……I thought I’d put up a poll to ask you to let me know whether you think I should extend this gallery idea or not!

Please tick to tell me what you think on the poll at the end of the gallery!

If you would still like to contribute to this Gallery – I will keep it open for longer – so you can still send your work in!  You can send me an email, or if you don’t have my email address, please fill in the Contact Me Form, and I will reply by email so that you can attach a picture.

3 June Update – one new submission – so I’m adding it here for now!  The response from the Poll gives me hope that there will be some more coming in – so please do continue to send me your photos.

I think what I’ll do is keep adding the pictures as they come in, and at some point – will renew this listing as the First Gallery of Your Work – so that the new photos get a chance to be in the most recent blog spot.  And then hopefully have Second & Third Galleries etc, as an ongoing theme – so – keep it in mind!  Your photos will always be welcome – smile!

9 June Update   – a beautiful dress made by Val one of my UK customers

 

This is the poll I mentioned above – 

I’ve never run one of these before so if I have got the questions wrong or anything else wrong – my apologies in advance!  The Poll lasts a week, so please do click on your preferred answer, and you will also be able to see what answers others have given as the week goes along.  Thinks – hope someone actually does use it!

Please also add any comments, or thoughts about the Gallery, that don’t fit into the set answers, in the comment section below – Many thanks – your feedback is appreciated!

 

 

NB: COPYRIGHT OF THESE PHOTOS IS OWNED AND RETAINED BY THE MAKER OF THE ITEM SHOWN – PLEASE SEE MY STANDARD NOTICE ABOUT COPYRIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOGROLL AT THE RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.  DO NOT REPRODUCE WITHOUT PERMISSION!

Diary of Craft Events

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I keep asking people when various craft shows, trade events or group shows are happening, and then forget all about them!

SO

I thought I might as well create a permanent page – which appears at the top of the blog – that you can access any time without needing to search for it, or for the websites.

I have only added the ones I know about in the UK so far – but this is an International blog – so please let me know of any events in your neck of the woods – wherever you are – and I will add them to the list.

Have a look at the craft events page, and please send me the information, with a logo or picture if possible, that will fit the format I have used.  If there isn’t a website, then please add the contact email address of the organiser, as long as you have their permission!

Oh yes, and when I said CRAFT EVENTS – THAT MEANS ALL CRAFTS – not just the woolly ones – smile!


 

This page is intended to be a

Diary of Craft Events – large and small

please feel free to add an event you are running, or like going to – any time – anywhere!

You can either leave me a comment at the end of this page,

or use the form on my contact me page.

This is just to show you approx what it looks like – more info on the full page!

WEBSITE

DATE

PLACE

INFO

http://properwoolly.co.uk 30-31 May Holsworthy Livestock Market,  Devon….UK An event to bring together fibre crafters and producers in the South West.
http://www.woolfest.co.uk Friday 26 June and Saturday 27 June Cockermouth, Cumbria….UK Woolfest was founded to provide a showcase and a celebration of the best of wool and wool crafts.

New Fabrics and Yarns in Stock

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Once again, I have tried to find an effective way to list my new stock – the columns worked fine at first – smile – with the text lining up within the small columns – but each time I saved it, the text changed into continuous lines!  Having spent ages on this trial, I’ve left it like this!

I am sending a copy of this out to all my customers – as a newz from julz email – and thought I might as well put it up here too – so anyone can have a look at 

some of my new stock!

I have been branching out into buying some exciting fabrics lately – see previous posts with my other fabrics here  & here – and have just got a few more in, and another bolt of the multicoloured zebra fabric that has sold really well!

I have also added a few more silk yarns and a small stock of Axminster Rug Yarns to see how popular they are – there are lots more colours in the range and I hope to be able to stock more of them if you think you might like to use them for weaving or latching rugs.  (Only listed on etsy at the moment.)

I have a nice range of ‘storage solutions’ in the form of cotton and jute baskets – and have included the latest Jute baskets below – they come in three sizes.

I have tried to give you links to the listings on both etsy & ebay and hope the links work!

If you don’t have an account with one or the other – or neither – you are welcome to  BUY DIRECT – SEE HERE.

Hope you like this selection – any feedback gladly received!

multicoloured zig zag design multicoloured zig zag design – 100 % cotton/150 cm wide – click here for etsy listing – click here for ebay listing
fish batik blue fish batik design – 100% cotton/110 cm wide – click here for etsy listing – click here for ebay listing
tapestry black Upholstery Fabric- 145 cm wide- 70% Polyester, 30% Cotton – click here for etsy listing – click here for ebay listing
ecru jute Jute Fabric for Craft uses – Ecru – 120 cm wide
lt brown jute Light Brown Jute Fabric – click here for etsy listing – click here for ebay listing
ivory linen Pure Linen – 140 cm wide for dressmaking etc – Ivory (not as bright as White)
8592-3 Black Linen – click here for etsy listing – click here for ebay listing
DSCF0854 200 gm cone of Fancy Linen – click here for etsy listing – click here for ebay listing
DSCF0860 Axminster Rug Wool – 250 gm cones – click here for etsy listing
3 wild silk Pure Tussah Wild Silk – 3 thicknesses – 100 gm cones – click here for etsy listing
black flecked silk Black Mulberry Silk with multicoloured flecks – 2 thicknesses – 100 gm cones – click here for etsy listing
DSCF0856 Pure Chinese Wild Silk – 100 gm cone – thick yarn – click here for etsy listing
herringbone group Natural Herringbone Design – JUTE STORAGE BASKETS – click here for etsy listing – click here for ebay listing

 

SILK

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SILK

This is a very informative post of the history of silk in China, from ancient myths about the origin of silk, the medieval international trade in silk, via The Silk Road, and some thoughts about modern tourism in China. Debbie has written several posts on the theme of Silk. See also my post “Luscious Silks“.

spaceship china

China has an exceptionally long history. It is one of the few civilizations on Earth that has a continuous culture, an ancient past, a vibrant present, and a certain future.

None of the cultural attributes, industries or thoughts of China epitomize that long history better than  SILK.

Silk from Beijing 

Silk culture – known a sericulture – began in China many centuries back. 嫘祖, Lei Zu or Ancestor Lei, whose name was 西陵氏, Xi Lingshi, was an Empress.Not just any Empress, mind you, her husband was the Yellow Emperor, China’s legendary ancestor-hero.

IMG_1704 Yellow Emperor carved in stone, at entrance to park along the Yellow River

One day, the young empress (she was only 14 years old at the time) was drinking tea under a mulberry tree. A cocooned silkworm fell into her cup of tea, and a long silken thread emerged from the coccon. SILK was born.

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Handmade Felt Transforms Lives in Nepal

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logo  This article was published on 14 May on the Cloth Roads blog 

I thought you might like to read it as its very topical


This is a story of transformation that began before the earth shook Nepal twice in a few weeks, when women artisans were transforming scraps of saris, silk, and wool through a hand, wet-felting process into fashionable, felted art-to-wear scarves for the U.S.-based company, The Red Sari. It’s a story of what women can co-create when a vision is shared, changing lives of isolation and financial insecurity to ones of enhanced self-worth, status, and independence.

Taking a Leap 
Sometimes it’s best not knowing something. This is how Julie West felt when leaving a career in healthcare to pursue graduate school at the University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service. It was while working on an international public service project in Nepal, when she became inspired by the country and its artisans.

Julie remembers, “I returned to Nepal after graduation for a four-month stay, working side-by-side with the women artisans in the Kathmandu Valley. It was through a collaborative process of testing, failing, and testing again that we designed our signature product, the felted vintage sari scarf. After that, we continued to collaborate on many other products.  In the fall of 2009, I launched The Red Sari.” Prior to working with Julie, this artisan group of fifty women did outsource work for many people so they’re thrilled to be working with only her, being paid a fair trade, living wage.

 

 

 

 

 

Returning to Nepal at least annually, Julie works directly with the women on product development. When she’s not there, she’ll send photos or sketches and the women will riff off of them or come up with designs on their own. Making felted scarves is a time-consuming process of bonding fabric with fiber, one which requires hand scrubbing, rubbing, and rinsing layers of materials with hot, soapy water until disparate elements transform into one colorfully rich scarf.  The use of repurposed old saris is really important for the environment as well as using natural material. And while some products veer away from the old saris, the artisanry and uniqueness of the products make a fashionable statement.

Why Red

In the Nepalese culture, the color red is both auspicious as well as a symbol of transformation. It’s a color in constant view of daily life. From the painting of household portals to applying a tika (a red dot) to a married woman’s forehead, red conveys protection, purity, dignity, and honor. For women, the wearing of red begins at marriage, an outward symbol conveying their cherished status, and ceases upon the death of a husband, no longer cherished but abandoned to the restrictive life of widowhood.

A married Nepali woman wearing red sari, vermillion hair stripe, and tika dot (red nails too.)

A married Nepali woman wearing red sari, vermillion hair stripe, and tika dot.

Widows are many, having lost husbands during the ten-year civil war which ended in 2006. And now, with lucrative industries beckoning able-bodied men elsewhere, both widowed and married women are carrying on the work of family and community. Constitutional changes are beginning to address long-needed provisions for widows.

Shortly before the first earthquake, Julie was working on a humanitarian project of establishing a short-term living and training center for women in transition. The center would offer basic education in reading and math, to teaching skills such as machine sewing and hand embroidery. The training would prepare them for living on their own. This project is now on hold due to the earthquakes.

Triaging From a Distance

The felting group couldn’t be reached for three days after the first earthquake. Julie’s on-the-ground coordinator, Bishnu, skypes with her regularly and she finally heard from him, learning that her group was fine, although some of their village housing wasn’t.

Julie said, “We had just gotten the factory back into full production and felt like we were doing really well until the second earthquake hit. The factory was hit this time–the pillars cracked and the aftershocks will continue. The factory is shuttered until engineers can assess the safety.  This work is the only livelihood for over 50 women and families.  The rebuilding and recovery phase is long. Everyone is looking for space, and the monsoon season is coming soon.” But Bishnu assures her that temporary space is being set up and things will move forward. Julie says a common saying is, “Don’t quit us. We’ll figure this out.” Her response is, “Why would I quit? This is a partnership and we’ll work together to figure it out.”

What You Can Do 

Can you help rebuild The Red Sari factory and help fund the costs of lost wages for the women and their families and the price tag associated with relocation? The link to The Red Sari’s crowdfunding campaign is www.gofundme.com/theredsari. No donation is too small. It all adds up.

Thanks to Julie West for providing information and images for this blog. But most of all, for her efforts to not quit. Pass it on. 

Aside

cropped-img658I got introduced to the 1951 Club thro’ a fellow WordPress member hosting a ‘share your links’ blog page.  The idea is to celebrate ‘famous’ faces born in 1951.  I can’t claim to fit into the ‘famous’ category, but, at the risk of giving away my age, I do fit into the ‘born in 1951’ category, and am rather pleased to have been invited onto the list.

Your can find my page here!

I also host a page on “the spare”  where anyone can add a link to their website or blog, and hopefully find new friends and contacts – please add yourself to your spare!

my page on the 1951 club