Pam is one of the key people in our group for progressing ideas. She will never allow you to sit there being frustrated or stuck. The reason she can talk you through any block is because she has a wealth of carefully curated ideas about technique, skills and textile art. She knows a lot and will simply share that with you and get you going again because she knows her resources and can look them up on her phone ! Sonya, our roving reporter, has brought us Pam’s story this week:
I’ve always done craft, since I was a little child. My Mum knitted, sewed and embroidered, so my sisters and I grew up doing these things. It was the normal thing to do. In those times we wore handmade pinafores with a hand knitted jumper underneath, to school.
Skeins of wool were sold in shanks and we kids all had to take turns holding out the skein of wool, as Mum wound it into a ball.
I’ve done every imaginable craft: basket making, tatting, crochet, knitting, weaving, felting, embroidery and painting. However my absolute passion is bobbin lace-making.
Sheila and I were and still are in the bobbin lace group and it was there that I first met Sheila. On one occasion we were both rostered on to do a demonstration at the Immigration Museum in Adelaide. This was for History Month, held every year in May. It was there that we discovered we lived just around the corner from each other! Sheila with her powers of persuasion encouraged me to come along to Seaford Spinners, which I did. Sometimes I do spinning but I prefer to knit or crochet when I’m there. I enjoy chatting with people. And it’s always nice to meet folks and to pick up new ideas.
It’s more a case of others picking up new ideas and crafts from you, dear Pam! You are fairly bubbling over with beautiful ideas and exquisite samples of your craft work.
Note: The Migration Museum is one of the important places in Adelaide which holds our history. It is well run and kept and is always a fascinating place to visit. A lot of South Australians have their first visit there when they are at school. It is held in high esteem.
Lacemaking isn’t something you automatically think of with Adelaide but we have some very good and well established lace making groups. It has quietly become part of our heritage. There is the SA Branch of the Australian Lace Guild and then there are a number of strong local groups for lace making. There is a lot of naturally occurring Maths in lace making and it was interesting to hear how Sheila and Pam have involved children in lace making through the use of numbers and mathematical principals rather than “crafting”.