Crochet mandalas are very popular . It’s the colours peole use and then the visual impact. Great way to use up oddments, spend a happy rainy afternoon or have an on the go project which fills in small amounts of time when you want a break from bigger things. Mandalas look different in home spun wool or yarn. The pattern definition is not as stark and it will look more like a watercolour. Commercial yarn is very even and doesn’t have the texture. You use what you want to create the visual effect which suits your project. They can be framed, used as cushions or bags. They can go on the back of jackets or be grown into blankets or table covers. They are pleasing to the eye and this mandala is a good way to start.
We had fun at the Beanies to Berets Textile Expo today at Port Noarlunga Arts Centre. This won’t be the only post. Monday will probably bring us more photos! The venue was suited to our needs and it had a good atmosphere. Stall holders and the general public were all interacting comfortably and happily. We’d like to thank Marjorie and Hilary (featured) for setting our stall up so well and for quietly keeping it all under control. We were not short of helpers and the extra bonus was pop ins from club members who couldn’t spend long with us but who came down to lend their support to us and the event. It had a positive community feel about it. The stall holders were all pleased to interact with each other and learn from each other. So much positive encouragement and the visitors to the event were also glad to offer encouragement and praise. One constant comment we had in the morning was we had a good variety of nice things on our stall and they liked our colours. Hilary got the first sale with her fluoro fingerless gloves. They were irresistible.
We have a lot of talented textile people in our area. It is good to give them space and encouragement. People can get to know us, are happy to share ideas and thoughts about textiles and it then becomes a very creative exercise. So much serious learning went on along with the looking and shopping.
Marjorie, our President, Hilary , our secretary ,and Maria, our beloved , skilful, treasured senior member have been helping to promote textile arts and crafts in our southern area because the Beanies to Berets Exhibition is on this coming weekend at the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre. There are some real textile skills and artists in our area so we need to make them more visible. Hilary and Marjorie did an interview on an Adelaide radio station to help promote the event and then Maria, Hilary and Marjorie have been in the local press in the Southern Times on p. 9 and the Adelaide Advertiser last Friday helping to make the community realise we are there and yes, we love our yarn arts and crafts. We shall be running a stall at the exhibition on Saturday and some of us will be displaying beanies and berets in the exhibition. We are looking forward to it. Other members have other yarn things to do on Saturday as well. It is a busy time of year.
We had a lovely time on Monday because there were so many good things to look at which members had made but there were also things underway which wee inspiring. The use of colour was the best thing.
Marina has crocheted a very long scarf in black/red & white mixed fibres.
Marjorie has crocheted some tops to the felted boots Alexis made, knitted beanie in red/pink wool.
Alexis felted collar made from a silk dress with fine wool tops main colour green.
Cathy a knitted beret for John who supplied the fibres for it, a ball of spun alpaca from some of Alexis dyed fleece plied with hand dyed wool.
Kathy ,our very new spinner, has produced a ball of spun 2ply wool which is excellent.
Maria has finished her baby/lap blanket in Tunisian crochet in small very colourful squares.
Jan(1) has knitted a charity beanie in wine coloured acrylic.
Peter is busy weaving another scarf for him this time.
John has just about finished the strap for his latest bag.