The more Jans the merrier

textile toysJan 3 is our newest Jan. They are all talented and expert at what they do. Jan 3 is a cheerful, helpful person who has made it easy to get to know her as our newest Jan. We also like what she does. She is very lacy and so brings along crocheted lace, her beautifully knitted homespun lacy tops but she won all our hearts with the gorgeous alpaca she made for one of her grandchildren. She gives her toy animals a real personality. Sonya, our roving reporter , has brought us her story:

Jan  (Mark 3)

 Jan, who has recently joined Seaford Spinners and Weavers has awed us with her exquisite spider-web  fine work.  Where have you been all our collective life, Jan? 

My sister taught me  to spin, about 30 years ago.  She had learned to spin in New Zealand. (What better place, Jan!) For some years I was spinning. However when my life got really busy I gave up. Then when I retired I took it up and have been spinning again.

More recently Marina and I were introduced to each other at a mutual friend’s birthday party.  As a result of our meeting, here I am.  Nice work, Marina. Networking at its best!

I have been making crocheted squares since I was I was a child. Mum was a seamstress and very ‘crafty’. I also do tatting, which I learnt from the internet !!!

 Jan, you must be the first person on the planet, to have mastered tatting by internet.

I  make safety eyes for toy animals and such, with resin. I have a love-affair with making toys. These eyes  are completely childsafe. I also do needlepoint tapestry. At the moment I’m spinning alpaca, to make an alpaca stool.

I love being here, seeing what people are making and of course I enjoy the social atmosphere. And I’m not far from home, here in Noarlunga. I grew up right near to the Noarlunga School. So I’m a local yokel. And aren’t we pleased you haven’t strayed far from your neighbourhood!


Just a scarf

lace neck scarfWe asked Jan 3 what she was crocheting. She replied , “Just a scarf. ” This is not just a scarf and some of our members were looking at it more closely. It drapes lightly around the neck and is made from a lace pattern rectangle with half diamond crochet edging. It sits well and looks very stylish. Lace crochet patterns are generally quite quick to make up but this one was in crochet cotton and so would have taken longer.

There are some nice crochet lace scarf patterns on In the Loop Knitting. The Streusel scarf sits nicely like Jan 3’s.


1957 was a big year

fine lace crochet gloves1957 was the year Maria in our club got married. There were no lace gloves so she crocheted these for her wedding outfit. The skill involved is impressive. It would have taken time and a very tiny needle. She would have needed a lot of patience and high levels of concentration but, then, that is Maria. She brought these gloves along to the club so we could see them. This sort of fine crochet is no longer seen very often but the skills involved are high level and worth preserving. Mass produced lace gloves do not have the quality.

So what else happened in 1957?

Scotland discovered ultrasound imaging.

Our Prime Minister in Australia was Sir Robert Menzies.

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1

The Cat in the Hat and from Russia with Love were popular reads.

Jailhouse Rock and The Bridge on the River Kwai were popular films.

The European Economic Community was formed

The first Frisbee was sold.

It was a big year and it had these beautiful gloves in it.



Lace crochet

Lebanese crochet table pieceMaria crocheted this beautiful table piece. The are two smaller pieces to go with it. She has used crochet cotton and says the design is a Lebanese pattern. The diamonds and flowers are Tunisian crochet and the rest is normal crochet. It just looks beautiful and is a tribute to Maria’s capacity to be patient an accurate. It is difficult to find Lebanese crochet patterns. They do make very fine lace and it would be good to see more of these sorts of patterns for those people who like a challenge.