All in CRAFTING
If, like me, you have even a passing interest in clothes alteration, upcycling, green living and repurposing, you'll be familiar with 'trash fashion'. It's a term used by a number of projects and groups across the world to describe the practice of taking used materials, old clothes, scrap, even actual rubbish, and turning them into outfits instead of landfill
I'm really excited to share my latest crafting project with you all! I have recently started a crafting social group in Lisburn called Sew Darn Crafty. Meeting in The Atlas Women's Centre every other Tuesday evening for the time being (going weekly soon, all being well), it's a small but growing group of crafters who meet up to enjoy a coffee and a chat with like-minded folks whilst working on their latest project.
I am the hand that holds The Patchwork Quill. And I ... have a knitting problem.I spent two glorious Saturdays (last Saturday and Saturday 23 August) learning to knit, courtesy of the wonderful Emma Whiteside of Top Floor Art and now I am well and truly hooked. (If it'd been crochet, that would have been a wonderfully nerdy pun.)
I can't believe we're already halfway through August Craft Month - the biggest one ever in fact, with Craft NI curating over 150 events celebrating Northern Ireland craftmanship. I attended the launch of CraftBomb in the Ulster Hall last Tuesday, an exhibition showcasing the best of the handmade decorations that adorned the streets of Northern Ireland during Voluntary Arts Week in May.
Welcome to Magazine of the Month in its new, improved incarnation! A monthly magazine review proved to be an over-ambitious feature idea (even for this mag addict), plus there are so many other types of inspiring reading material out there for those with arty interests and crafting curiosity. So books, blogs, newsletters, websites, e-zines, magazines, pamphlets, papers and papyrus... each month I'll be recommending a read.
Last week's episode of The Great British Sewing Bee saw the contestants presented with old-fashioned Singer sewing machines and asked to complete a series of tasks based on old patterns, techniques and styles. As most of you know, I am the very proud owner of a 1950s Singer 99k machine, kindly gifted to me by my Granny a few years ago.