This book was bought some months ago in Castle Douglas what a gem! Published by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes – edited by Mavis Fitzrandolph, features an introduction by the Countess of Abermale and a very trenchant essay on design by Hebe Cox.
“WE should always avoid dishonesty in our designs – wallpaper printed to resemble linen-folded panelling, celluosed cloth embossed to imitate the grain of leather, electric light fittings shaped like wax candles (sometimes even with a drip of wax running down the side!) or plastics coloured to look like wood veneer (which are frequently seen on the cases of wireless sets). That class of ornamentation which consists of making one material look like another is merely silly. Ornament should grow out of the form of the thing decorated and should emphasise rather than detract from its nature. For example the decoration on a plate should take account of its roundness. A plate with a square pattern put on it haphazardly, or with a design of horizontal stripes running right across it, would be rather worrying, would not look well, and would make it very easy to miss putting food squarely on it.”
Oh dear cannot but think its a good thing that Hebe has perhaps missed hipster ceramacists which I suspect somewhere on Etsy are committing many such design solecisms.
Pile of 22 squares made by Granny Greeners and brought to our gathering in the Red Squirrel. We’re trying to get local crafters to knit or crochet 8 inch squares to the height of Grayfriars Bobby. We hope that will be enough squares to make 12 blankets to warm AIDS orphans in South Africa – more information here at Knit-a-Square.
At the Glasgow School of Yarn I ordered a sushi roll for a shawl from Easyknit. Its a piece of machine knitted yarn (Bluefaced Leicester) which comes like this (see below) and is hand dyed. The pattern is by Olga Buraya-Kefelian -Aranimi.
Meanwhile I’ve been trying out new recipies – note left over dishes from supper party on table above. Walking and admiring the leaves in Edinburgh. Having my first haircut in 2 years. Appauled to discover that my hairdesser John had left hairdressing in the meanwhile.
On Monday Granny Greens Edinburgh craft group is going to have a session on crafting for charity at Central Hall. There will be plenty of tutors for crochet or knitting beginners if you have wanted to learn. Snacks will be provided. Granny Greens is looking for £2 donation to offset cost of room hire.
Yesterday I went with two other Granny Greeners to The Glasgow School of Yarn a yarn festival organised by The Yarn Cake. It was so nice to do the journey over with L & H. Both of which whipped out projects to while way the time on the train. It was PEEING down when we arrived so threw caution to the wind and blew £6 on a taxi out to St George’s Cross and the Macintosh Church were the event was held. What a lovely location! There were also classes on but they were all knitting ones and seemed a bit advanced (Design your own shawl) so didn’t sign up to any of them. However there were free carding demos. Lots of lovely chatting. Loved hearing about one lady’s flock of 35 sheep in Wales. The tempoary cafe served up yummy stews, and cakes. And when we had run out of oomph we settled into the Mackintosh pews and did a little light crafting. Of course I was green with envy with some of the handknits being modelled. My excuse is that most of my crafting goes towards the oprhans and I do almost nothing for myself. I did however order a sushi roll for making a shawl – so will have to bend my mind towards patterns. Something to keep me going in the dark days to come.
More yarn bombing in Edinburgh. This one is attached to the hoardings on New St the site of a very controversial development Caltongate which has threatened Edinburgh’s status as a World Heritage Site.
So went to meet @geehowquaint and @starrybluesky at the I heart Cafe on Leith walk a week or two back. The plan was to meet before Cassandra had her baby and life became .. well busy. Got home for work and as you do decided to spend the spare hour and a half sewing up some spare squares into a baby blanket. Diligently sewed away got to cafe to find @starrybluesky had been emailing and texting me during my frenzied crafting to say the Cassandra had gone to hospital… Finally I tidied it up and posted it off for baby Lottie. It is approx 32 x 32 inches and made of a wool / acrylic mix Mirage which I got from MacAree Bros and Patons Diploma Gold for the gray border (from John Lewis). The colours are really bright but I don’t hold with mimsy pastels for babies hell to keep clean and dull dull dull. In Scotland we need colour. It should be prescribed on the NHS>