The main business of the weekend was the Guild AGM on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon there were three parallel workshops. A lot of talking and laughing went on, as well as learning and creating. Most of us finished what we were making after the end of the workshop, but the workshop on crochet with wire produced some very pretty brooches there and then.
|Output of the "Wired and Wonderful" workshop|
|Marjory Needham's crocheted Christmas decorations|
|Patricia Davy's knitted teddy bears|
Mary Graham brought along some of her latest pieces that combine wire with nylon fishing line, that can be dyed and makes the whole piece more flexible. They are all quite small - she often wears one as a brooch - and look slightly organic, like skeletonised seed pods or flower buds or fungi.
|One of Mary Graham's knitted wire pieces|
And on the Sunday, I gave two talks. One was on the pattern leaflets collection (the count now stands at over 27,500), with a brief chronological survey and some of my favourites. (A very brief survey, considering that I could only show about 30 of the 27,500.) The other talk was about Aran sweaters, and I'll write about that separately. Because right now I'm tired.
There were several other events during the weekend. And, of course, lots of chatting. In short, a good time was had by all.
PS I have just found a wonderful photo of the jacket inspired by 16th century costume - Tricia Basham, whose work it was, won the Fashion and textiles prize in the V&A's Inspired by... competition, and so you'll find it on the website here. Scroll down to the Fashion and Textiles section and click on the small photo of part of the jacket and you'll see a larger photo of the whole jacket. It's a wonderful piece of work.