Sunday, 24 January 2016

Catching up ...Japanese event

November to January
Our November meeting was a Japanese event. Katie Chaplin, from Japancrafts came along to demonstrate how the Kimono is worn. It was a fascinating insight , not only into the mysterious kimono, but the history and culture it reflects.

She followed this with a workshop, making little rice bags. We had a lovely afternoon, handstitching the beautiful Japanese fabric into vessels, probably not for us to carry rice to the temple, but certainly very decorative, and addictive.

Several of us went to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate later in November, and had the opportunity to see more of Katie's lovely Japanese fabrics, threads, and ideas.
In December we took part in the Christmas tree festival at  the Methodist Church in Keswick. Most of our members had made a robin to decorate our tree, and before the Christmas meal at Wetherspoons, we went to visit the festival, and view the robins, and everyone else's trees. On to lunch, which everyone enjoyed. More robins were exchanged as gifts.
January's meeting was led by Sally, who took on the daunting task of leading quite a large group in making cords and tassels. Mixed ability, I think would describe us, and Sally did a sterling job in demonstrating, and guiding everyone through to producing good results. we had a fun day, laughed a lot, and managed to use up a fair amount of the threads Sally brought along from her endless stash.
The Meeting House in Keswick was flooded again recently, and it sad to see the damage the water has done. The Friends are working hard to reinstate their lovely building. We hope to continue to have most of our meetings there, but we have had to move our February Goldwork meeting to Braithwaite Institute just outside Keswick.  

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