Friday, December 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The next session is on the 1st of December. I'm not sure what to do. Perhaps we could make some Christmas cards or some simple Xmas presents - things like stuffed toys and skirts are easy to make. I'm open to suggestions. Christmas Mince Pies? Christmas decorations? And being such a mad time of year I think this next session will be our last for the year.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Helen has kindly offered her preserving pan and expertise and we'll whip up a batch. Email me if you are keen to come along as I need to know how many kgs to pick. I think we'll go to Janita Gardens
on Henderson Valley Rd. Also bring along some jars (with lids) and a paring knife so we can all pitch in and hull the strawberries.
I'm yet to confirm this but I also think Tasha is going to show us how to make yoghurt. Apparently it's super easy and of course miles better than using the bought sachets.
See you there - remember to RSVP.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Clare did some more work on her beautiful cross stitch...
It has some beautiful projects. Perhaps next winter I'll make a start. And here's a photo of some cute Sashiko work and a sample page of various Blackwork patterns...
Tasha brought in a stack of sarongs she bought in Malaysia. She re-hemmed them, then very kindly gave one to each of us. Thank you Tasha, I love mine. Not sure whether to keep it as a sarong or make it into a wrap-around skirt. I have a pattern somewhere. It could be a good PCE project.
Tasha also worked some more on her scarf...
I started on another library bag and began converting some of Lenny's ankle-breezing pants into shorts for summer.
Sue also made repairs to various Keio garments. It's good to know that he doesn't need that bulldog clip to hold his pants up anymore - poor child!
The next session is on the 17th. We're planning an activity for it, so stay tuned for that.
Monday, November 1, 2010
So if your child is involved in the Dance classes you are welcome to come along to the craft session on Wednesday and put something together for them to wear. I'm popping into Spotlight on my way to work tomorrow so I'll grab some fabric.
Spied this on the net - thought it looked an easy thing to make. It's just some ribbons tied around a waistband...
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The PCE didn't have a stall this year, I'm hoping that we'll have one in 2011. However PCE participant Anissa did and it looked amazing. Full of beautifully made items; bibs, bags, children's clothing, iPod wallets etc, made with vintage and re-purposed fabrics...
Anissa has also been accepted into November's Kraftbomb - or perhaps it was October's?! I'll get back to you on that one. Best of luck Anissa, you're an inspiration to us other PCE crafters. Her blog can be viewed here.
I'm not sure whether there were other crafty bits at the Piha Market this year as I was busy dishing out the salads - here's a photo of them...
Have a good week everyone.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
A special thanks to Fiona for persuading Shirley to come along. Although I'd never met Shirley before her crafting prowess is well known. Many of Piha's babies wear her booties and while there she churned out another cute pair - All Black rugby boots no less. I hope you can join us again Shirley.
Tasha's scarf is progressing well. Getting some length happening...
I made a summer top for my niece Gigi. The fabric was from a muumuu I found at a second hand shop in the $2 bin.
Fiona brought along her (major!) project. A beautiful striped crochet blanket done in double crochet stitch - I think. It's very wide, extremely neat and when finished she's calculated that there'll be over one million stitches - phew! Now that's an heirloom piece for sure.
So the next craft session is coming up this Wednesday. Hope you can make it - we're keen to spread the word and increase our numbers to cover the cost of hiring the hall. I thought is would be a good opportunaity to make anything that's required for the up and coming market day. Clare - do any signs need painting etc?
And don't be shy about coming along as a learner. We always bring spare knitting/crochet needles and wool. Or have a play on the sewing machine. Or just come along for the company and the awesome conversation!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
So thanks for coming, especially new-bie Amanda - hope you can make it along to another one some time soon?
I took a few snaps of the projects on the go...
Christchurch store she bought the 'kit' from. Some beautiful crafting goodies to be had there apparently.
Sorry Tasha but the photo of your scarf didn't upload - bum - as I wanted to show the progress you made (and no dropped stitches all night).
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Once you know how to hold the wool and have the basic 'hooking' sorted you'll be making granny squares in no time.
This is also worth a mention (thanks Anissa): A new craft shop has opened in Pt Chev. It's called The Little Craft Store, at 201 Point Chevalier Road, the Chev. They have a blogspot site here. Looks like they have plenty of crafty goodness and I'll definitely be checking it out.
See you on Wednesday evening.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Hannah as gone some way getting over her sewing machine phobia by making a drawstring project bag...
I had a go at making some pasifica patterned booties...
Clockwise from the top: a draught stopper was started. They're easy to make and super useful in winter; I got busy eating some chocolate brownie cooked in the hall oven (thanks Hannah); Another knitted item from the Hannah Slade production line; The next garment coming together.
I also crocheted some flowers for a baby's cardigan - but forgot to take a photo. The pattern can be found here.
Our next session is on the 15th. Come along and make/learn something - be there or be... at home not making something.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Firstly to accompany this insightful review I'd need to scrounge up some images; in my usual style I had forgotten to take the camera along. Luckily Anissa was far more on to it and brought along hers. She kindly suggested I drag and drop some images off her blog for my review.
Well you know what... Just go to Anissa's blog and read about Kraftbomb there. Being the professional writer she is I think her review is a great take on the afternoon. And there's pretty pictures.
Review done - sort of.
Have a good weekend everyone. At some stage I'll find the time to add a posting about our last two Craft Exchange sessions where we actually made some things! Stay tuned.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Also a quick reminder about the next PCE session: this Wednesday, 7:30pm at Barnett. Hopefully the weather will come to the party too. It's very hard to leave a cozy house in a SW squall! Fortunately the hall is not too bad once the heaters kick-in. See you there!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
While on the net I stumbled across these cute slippers...
They're made from 'up-cycled' jerseys which have been felted. Next time I'm in the Sallies I'll have a better look at the knitwear and have a go at making some in all my spare time. May even make some for myself.
Friday, August 13, 2010
The Barnett Hall kitchen area could be used for all sorts of crafty things: fabric and wool dying, felting, balm and salve making, candle making, preserving, soap making etc etc. I encourage you to put it to good use.
Don't forget that our next session is this Wednesday (18th Aug - 7:30).
Have a good weekend.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The second is the Auckland Vintage Textile Fair, on the 12th of September at the Alexandra Park Raceway, Epsom. It's being held in the Tasman Room. I'll paste the flyer below, or click the link above for more info. I've heard that it's a great place to gleam some gorgeous fabrics for not too much $$. Of course I need more fabric!
Perhaps we could get a crew together and go along - anyone keen?
Monday, August 9, 2010
While there's a number of 'ad-posts' there are also some great projects to make and helpful tutorials.
The patterns for these hats (newborns) was a recent project they posted up...
Nice to see some hats for a baby that aren't loaded with fou-fou bits and in lolly pop colours.
Hope you find something you like at Purl Bee.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I've checked out the About page and it's put together by 2 friends who live in Norway.
When: 24th - 25th July 2010
Where: Waitakere Trusts Stadium
What we saw: Lots of Grannies, acrylic throws, cheap and nasty knitwear. A few quality handcrafters.
What we liked: Miniature knitted dolls, teddies, cartoon characters and tea cosies- amazing!-(see first image below); One crafter was selling good value-for-money handcrafted dolls and toys (second image). We loved her use of old scraps and remnants (including some left over billiard table cloth); It was good to see someone selling crocheted cotton dishcloths; One charming older couple were selling some good quality handmade doll beds, pushchairs etc.; A few stalls were selling vintage toys/cloth/tablecloths/teatowels/fabric; There was a friendly, fun vibe and it was a nice touch that the proceeds of the entry charge were going to the West Auckland Hospice.
What was missing: Pacific arts and crafts- would’ve loved to have seen some tapa cloths, tuvaevae, or weaving; We were disappointed no one was selling patterns or wool remnants. Where can you get cheap bags of leftover wool these days? And where was the Granny Chic? We were hoping for inspiration from other young crafters looking back to older patterns and reinventing them, making them contemporary and stylish. Two elderly women were selling beautifully crafted baby blankets, they used funky colours but they were all acrylic- what a shame!
It was a fun afternoon but there weren’t very many young people around, either behind or in front of the stalls. We were left with the impression that craft out west really needs to be revamped. Perhaps we should take it upon ourselves to do so!
What: Auckland Art and Craft Fair
When: Saturday 24th July 2010
Where: Art Lounge, New Gallery
What we saw: Craft in the design/art sense of the word.
What we liked: Much of it was very slick, humorous and trendy, some of it was beautiful, but there was nothing in particular that struck us as exceptional.
What was missing: Once again, there were no Pacific or Maori crafts. There was some work using textiles, but almost nothing in the home textile craft tradition. It would seem that the dichotomy between domestic craft and art/design craft objects that Rosemary Mcleod alludes to in her Thrift to Fantasy – Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s – 1950s is alive and kicking.
Perhaps the KraftBomb at the Grey Lynn Community Centre on Sunday 25th (and the last Sunday of every month, next one Sunday 29th August, 2010 11am-2pm) or the Devonport Craft Market at Devonport Community House on 1st August (and the first Sunday of every month, next one Sunday 5th September) might prove us wrong. Surely there are many other crafters (or consumers for that matter) who appreciate and value, as we do, the tradition, the history and soul that handcrafted, individual objects bring when we place them in our homes.