Hat of 2011

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So this hat nearly took me a whole year to complete although it only took a week to knit! I started it in January 2011, but it was too small for even my pea sized head, it has since taken me the rest of the year to get around to unraveling it, and re-knitting, but I finished it today just in time before this year is out! Happy New Year all!

Ghosts Of Gone Birds

Most of the time Facebook is a time waster, but sometimes it shows its worth, I discovered this exhibition posted up through two different unrelated friends that I hadn’t seen in ages, Ed Kluz and Anita Bruce who were both exhibiting in it. I could have easily missed Ghosts Of Gone Birds, but managed to see the show the day before it ended in Shoreditch, when I was on my way to the Hoxton Knitting group. The show was overwhelming, I wish I had more time to see everything, a whole room of Ralph Steadman drawings, and recently I had discovered the work of Felt Mistress through twitter, who has worked in collaboration with Jon Burgerman to make illustrations into stuffed felt creatures! By chance I managed to catch up with Anita, invigilating the show, whilst knitting her hummingbirds in wire. Her knitting patterns and sketchbooks as complex and amazing as her finished pieces.
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Felt Mistress

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Ed Kluz

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Anita Bruce

Morley College Winter Fair

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Since September I have been attending Morley College, learning how to use a domestic knitting machine. This coming weekend, on Sunday 4th December, I will be showcasing and selling some of the items I have learnt to make, along side my course mates on a stall at the Winter Fair. I do hope you can come down and see what we have been up to. Below is a headscarf and scarf set I made the other week!
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The Tea Rooms

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Over the last few months, I have taken on leading new knitting & crochet classes at The Tea Rooms, in Stoke Newington’s Church Street.
When I used to live very near by, I would go for their fantastic cream teas, and thought how nice it would be to hang out there more often. Now I get to have a lovely pot of tea whilst helping people learn new textile skills! The class is aimed at complete newbies and mixed ability in crochet and knitting, I have hooks, needles, yarns to get you started, and ideas for your projects!
Keep an eye on their facebook page for details of when I will be there.

Vintage Fair 26th Nov

I have been invited to have a stall at Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham this Saturday 26th November. I will selling some things I have made, like crochet rosettes, felt and lace brooches, screen printed items, and things I have collected like old knitting patterns, fabrics and other fun things. Come and see!
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Snowy Pom Pom Tree

I have been asked to design and make, in collaboration with my community groups, decorations to hang on the big tree, to go on display in Tottenham this week! I have been working against the clock to get the decorations made on time. Here they are so far...
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Back To The Knitting Machine

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Last year I started my journey into machine knitting, I didn’t get too far. I kept getting frustrated and stressed with casting on and off and panicking whenever I dropped stitches. It’s so very different from hand knitting. But I still want to learn how to use the domestic machine, not as a replacement and speedier technique to hand knit, but to explore it as a new way of working. I’ve taken it up again and to my delight, I can (on most occasions) cast on, knit and cast off with no problems. Now I need to work out what to do with it! Which yarns and fibres, what thicknesses and tension, what patterns and techniques of hand tooling? It really is a whole new visual/craft language and I am trying to find my voice from within it...

Chunghie Lee

Whilst still installing at the Knitting & Stitching Show, the exhibit that really caught my inspiration was The Patched Pojagi by Korean Fibre Artist, Chunghie Lee. Chunghie uses Korean wrapping silks called Pojagi which she sews together in intricate and delicate patchworks of colour, as wall hangings and kimono like garments. Some of her pieces had repeated screen printed figures shown on them, which reminded me of some work I had explored during my Textile Art degree, although Chunghie’s held more substance and a professional finish, still it was really interesting to see how some lines/threads of visual/craft exploration ring through in both our work, although I had not heard of her before. As other exhibits also needed installing before the opening of the show, we were running around juggling to finish, all hands on deck, but I’m really pleased I got left to help tweak and finalise the hanging of Chunghie’s work. Again I’m sorry that I haven’t yet got a new decent camera and that my photographs here, do not do justice to her textiles. Have a look at her website for a better overview and images.
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Knitting & Stitching Show 2011

I was back at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally again this year, helping Liz Cooper to install some of the art exhibits in the show. Our main task was to install the major Beryl Dean retrospective, of intricately stitched Gold work on Bishop’s gowns, some huge colour embroideries on big panels, and numerous framed drawings of her design work, all of which was incredible.
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Some other pieces that caught my eye, once the show had opened were these knitted pieces by
Yoshimi Kihara. I didn’t get to meet her till the end of the show, when I asked her if I could take this photo, and it turned out that we both went to the same school in Kyoto: Kawashima School of Textiles about 10 years ago! How fantastic that I’m still making connections from a very brief, but most influential time of my art / textile schooling.
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There was some interesting, knitting/performance art, but it seemed a bit lost and out of place to the crowded mass of shoppers in the main hall!
And lastly to note, the fun knitted bunting in the Palm Court, made by readers of Woman’s Weekly magazine!

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New Banner

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If you have looked at my website before, you may notice it looks a bit different now. I decided it was time to update and give it a face lift. I have been playing around with using a drawing tablet for the first time and using Sketchbook Pro, which I could use Copic pens in lovely colours. I should probably get more experienced with it, but I liked my first little doodle so have used it here for my new banner (at the top look ^^). Here also is what the previous one looked like.
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Wool Modern

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On Friday I went to the Wool Modern exhibition at La Galleria, in Pall Mall. I was planning on getting to see this anyway, but I ended up going as part of a group with my machine knitting course, which made it so much more enjoyable to share our excitement over knit structures, and to get our tutor Jo, to give us an insight to how some of the more technical pieces had been made. Here are some images of my favourite pieces in the show. The first being a punchcard fairisle machine knit outfit: Knit Monster by Sibling.
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Tacos, Tortillas & Textiles

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It has come to my attention recently, that I have been going out a lot to eat mexican and latin american. Not only is it refreshing to delevop a new taste for food, but some of the bars and restaurants, have really inspired me for their cultural take on interior design with textiles. Maybe this is a sign that need to go traveling again to explore the Americas...
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50's Vintage Knit & Chat

On the 13th & 15th August, I lead workshops at Hornsey Library and Bruce Castle Museum with the theme of Vintage Knitting. Inspiration was taken from the 1950’s to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Festival of Britain, which took place at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank of London, with activities also taking place in North London’s borough of Haringey. Although my part was to facilitate the workshops, to help and teach people how to knit and crochet, I found the importance through what individual participants brought with them, together as a group. Sharing knitting experiences, memories and stories from a time gone past. Alison brought some fantastic original patterns with her, and a lifetime’s wealth of British knitting knowledge. I’m only sorry that my photography is rather shaky and blurred from my mobile phone, time to invest in a new camera!
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After School Knitters

As term draws to a close for another summer, I thought I would show off some of the work achieved by the talented kids who have been coming along to my after school knitting group, Thursday’s 3.30pm - 5pm at Coombes Croft Library, on Tottenham High Road. Shown below are samples made by Jessica, Nathan, Marta and Premise.
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Knit With Attitude

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Over this Summer’s month of August, you can find me 3 days a week at Knit With Attitude. I’ll be there to help you with your knitting needs, in between stroking the gorgeous stock of eco yarns! 228B Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 6XT.

Tuesdays 12noon - 5pm
Fridays 12 noon - 5pm
Saturdays 2pm - 6pm

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Dog Tooth for Dog Ear

I wanted to submit a piece to DOG EAR, but thought it would be more appropriate for their site and format to just give a written knitting pattern rather than a finished piece. Taking on the theme of Dogear, I have taken the pattern of dogtooth to create this bookmark. See below! If you want the full pattern of how to make this, then please go to DOGEAR.
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Folksy Shop Page

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I received a lovely email the other day “Dear Sara, I am crazy about some of the cat prints you have and would really like to buy some prints to frame...” With this request, I have restocked my folksy shop page with some of my screen prints. Please go have a look, ♥♥♥ some of my items and perhaps make a purchase too! New prints to come soon!
http://www.folksy.com/shops/saramakesthings

Painting Lyme

Before heading back to London, walking along the seafront I came across these stunning paintings being worked on from one of the beach huts. Artist, Philip Clayton has been painting from the same spot in front of his rented hut since November 2010. Looking through a folder of his previous paintings you could see the changing moods, weather and seasons in the landscape with dramatic colours. I miss painting and having a direct handle on working with colour. I feel quite inspired after seeing Philip’s paintings and talking to him about his artistic career.
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http://www.westcountryartists.com/

Seaside Bank Holiday

Stitch & Craft 2011

Last weekend I was at the Stitch and Craft 2011 at Olympia, another show organised by Twisted Thread. After the success of my crochet workshop at Ally Pally, they invited me do some more at this show. I presented two workshops on making freeform crochet flowers. Here are some images of the pieces created, not the best photographs I know, but I was running around teaching too! Thank you to everyone who attended the workshops and to Twisted Thread for having me.
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After the workshops, looking around the stalls I spotted this amazing hand knitted cardy!
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London Fashion Week A/W 2011

Don’t hang up your hooks just yet - crochet is back in fashion! As seen in the Autumn/Winter 2011 collections of Christopher Kane and House of Holland at London Fashion Week. I might make one of these for myself!
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On your marks...get set...GO!

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Oooooh Art Collection

Waverley School

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything on here. I will gradually catch up with what I have been doing, but for now I just want to say a huge Thank You to Art Teacher - Mrs. Joubert and her pupils at Waverley School, in Birmingham for taking part in my workshops and for being fantastic budding Textile Artists!
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