I just thought I’d share this little film that I found on You Tube. It’s a very good film that teaches you to knit, from casting on to doing stocking stitch, to purling and casting off. You might find the music unexpected, a bit too exciting for a video about knitting may be. Unless you’re in a night club. However it’s very clear and they do lot’s of other craft films too. With equally exciting music. They are called Cyberseams.
At Make Believe Cafe we had a busy weekend. Our posters are being put up today so we needed to have the tickets ready. With the aid of a trusty badge machine and our children we churned out two hundred badges and eighty tickets ready to deliver to Kelly’s brother Si at Si’s Sounds on Station St (Lewes). He’s agreed to sell them for us though he did point out that it’s not very rock n’ roll. What’s not rock n’ roll about Pimp Your Wardrobe?
The latest Cath Kidston magazine arrived in the post today and I found these diagrams for sweet little patches that they have sewn on to a bag, but you could sew any where. You can get your own copy here: http://www.cathkidston.co.uk
I am very lucky to have some of my grandma’s old cardigans. However she lived with lots of moths and they also liked her cardies. To cover up their handy work I decided to do a little handy work of my own. Here are the results:
You could do any type of embroidery to cover up a hole. On a plain woollen garment it’s very hard to hide even the neatest stitching, so making a feature of it can be a good way around it. I was looking for good links to illustrate decorative darning. I didn’t find many but I came across this post on ‘my favourite colour is shiny’ by Ginny Branch Stelling. It’s got a little bit about darning, but I really liked the book she’d bought, and it’s a lovely site to browse.
It is. Real. Today it felt as if it could really happen. Kelly had baked and ‘maked’ all sorts of things - almond tart, chicken and roasted aubergine salad and an idea for the perfect ticket, (based on an old hotel room tag). Such a happy afternoon eating and sorting.
It felt like a skive. I sat in Vanessa’s kitchen, listening to the chickens scratching, drinking mint tea from the garden and crocheting. I had asked Vanessa to teach me to make a simple scalloped edge that I could sew on to the cuffs of a jumper or around the neck of one of my youngest daughter’s cardigans. I’m a crochet novice and still prone to forgetting to wear my glasses and swearing. But it was peaceful and easy and deeply pleasurable to sit quietly and create something delicate and decorative.
Inspiration - one of Vanessa’s broaches and a lovely old book with yellowing pages and gorgeous designs.
I had brought chocolate - just in case.
More of Vanessa’s work. Find it at kissysuzuki.com
And TA DA. This is what I made. Thanks Vanessa. If I can do it, any one can.
Another warm afternoon. Children catching insects. And the three of us capturing ideas.
There is something fragile and lovely beneath our concrete plans. As we talk, laugh, drink, type notes, field each other’s children and drop stitches, we explore the parameters of our friendship and dip into a pool of creativity.
Make Believe Cafe resulted from a daydream. Sitting in her office on an average Tuesday morning Kelly came across a tiny news article about a cafe in Paris that combined sewing machines with scones. It represented a way of socialising and learning a new craft. Nothing revolutionary you might think but it set her wondering... What if there was a space that you could go to every now and then where you learn a new craft skill, drink a good cup of coffee, chat and chill?
Make Believe Cafe is about community and craft. This is a place to learn to make - to make time for each other, to share and to inspire; to make stuff - make friends, make do, make gifts, make anything from a crocheted corsage to knickers, cushions, blankets, bags and origami stars.
We want to make an effort to complete those half finished projects that we all have gathering dust under the bed. And to take time out of our busy everyday lives to learn all those cool skills our grandmothers knew.
It's a small but very significant diversion, an excuse to bunk off, to get together to create, chat and eat.
This is all about pleasure - an hour or two when somebody else is there to offer a slice of cake, to nurture your creativity and have fun.
We decided to pop up so that we can all enjoy creative flexibility.
Make Believe Cafe is there to fit into the rest of our lives, our families and our work. No one has to sign up for a series of long evenings. Shape shifting means we can change according to what it is we want to make, according to the seasons and the time we all have available. We have chosen not to be in the same place every day, to create something unexpected each time.