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MADE CRAFT FAIR IN BLOOMSBURY

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This year the MADE Design and Craft Fair was held in the Mary Ward House Grade 1 listed building in Tavistock Place. Founded by the Victorian novelist Mary Augustus Ward and financed by the wealthy philanthropist Passmore Edwards, it was built in 1898 as a settlement for the wealthy to improve the education of the urban poor. It is now a conference centre.

There was a wealth of different crafts on display – woodwork, wirework, pottery,  jewellery, clothing and more. Unfortunately by the time you get to your 80s you have so many ‘things’ there is little incentive to buy and we just admired the beauty and craftsmanship of much of the work.

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We loved the beauty and varied wood grains of the Shaker boxes by Murray Markovitch and have fond memories of the Shaker shop in Marylebone High Street we used to visit when we lived just round the corner – unfortunately long since gone, like so many of the craft shops in the area.

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An eye-catching display of wired figures was just inside the door with this leaping winged figure ‘Wishful thinking’ by Linda Lewin, whose website also shows off her silver jewellery.

 

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Amazing striped plates, bowls and jars by the ceramic artist Jin Eui Kim which he says are inspired by visual phenomena. We wished our cupboards weren’t already overfull of the ‘things’ we have collected in 60 years of marriage,

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It was too early for us to have coffee and sandwiches or cake, but the food display in the café looked so elegant and appetising we were sorely tempted.

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A treasure box for Jane

The plain papier maché box
The plain papier mâché box

In Switzerland,  even the supermarkets have a handicrafts section and there are lot of emporia where you can buy everything – from painting and modelling to knitting and sewing and lots, lots more.

Treasure box
Treasure box

I bought the papier mâché box several years ago in Migros – a large Swiss supermarket near where Jane lives. Now that she is coming for a  weekend I finally got round to covering it with Decopatch paper. Jane specialises in making up boxes of little gifts for our birthdays. I will fill hers with bits and pieces from MUJI and from various art galleries I’ve visited lately.

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Machine and hand knitting

Two of my knitted cushions
Two of my knitted cushion covers

One of the classes I went to after I retired was machine knitting. I only knitted one cardigan by shaping the various parts on the machine. For the rest, I knitted lengths of pure wool, felted them at 40°C in the washing machine and cut out the fabric I’d made using dress-making patterns. The fleeces were the most successful – being pure wool they were light as well as warm and could be washed again and again without shrinking or felting further. I also made a pair of trousers but they were a failure – too thick and too warm. I tried them on when I finished them but I have never worn them.

Although as a child in London in WW2 I did a lot of hand knitting – we could all read and knit at the same time – I knitted only a few things by hand once I had retired with enough time to spare – a couple of cardigans, some scarves and a set of cushion covers

The stripy cushion on the right is machine knitted and the one on the left is knitted by hand.

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Getting Started

Anyone for Tea

Knitted this tribute to Vivienne Westwood so long ago, I don’t remember how I did it all. Machine knitting was one of the many classes I went to after I retired besides writing. Over the years I went to art history, drawing. painting, cooking, dressmaking, music theory. piano. Spanish, Basque, philosophy and more.

I made a couple of jumpers on my knitting machine but mainly knitted lengths of knitting using pure wool. I then felted it in the washing machine and used the fabric to make myself and my partner fleeces that were light but very warm. I sold my knitting machines some years ago and don’t miss them. The clothes you make yourself seem to last forever. You wish they would wear out so you could buy new ones. Now I mainly use my sewing machines for repairs but recently I did make a complete new set of cushion covers for out living room .

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