At the beginning of the year I made a little deal with myself to try some new creative projects this year.
I wanted to do this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because my obsession with clay means it is no longer a hobby, and we all need to do something for the pure fun of it. Secondly, I think its really important to challenge yourself, when you are a creative, to try new things as it gives you a new perspective on your current work.
So, I'm a little slow in catching on to the crochet trend. It's something I've wanted to do for a while, but never quite managed to fit in before. Luckily for me, I live very near to an amazing Haberdashery's in Moseley, Birmingham called Guthrie and Ghani, which offers a variety of courses in sewing, knitting, crochet and home improvements, as well as a selection of beautiful fabrics, yarns and sewing accessories. They also have a fabulous selection on-line if you don't live local. Anyone who has ever watched the Sewing Bee will know that this shop belongs to the programme's 2013 finalist Lauren Guthrie.
I had to go on a waiting list for a daytime slot, but jumped at the chance to finally get my yarn on a hook.
It is such an amazing shop, a real Alladin's cave for a crafters and sewing enthusiasts. I had to be really very restrained and focussed on getting the workshop done, and taking a few photos of course! :)
The upstairs is a beautiful light-filled studio where we learnt to crochet under the expertise of the very patient tutor, Vicki Walker.
I loved seeing all the wool wrapped up into these pretty balls.
The morning flew by and by the end of the session we had been shown a variety of stitches. Here's a pic I took a home of what I had accomplished...
Am I hooked? I loved the repetition, and I have an idea of how to link it to my ceramics. So watch this space for experiments.
I think I will be returning to Guthri and Ghani to help me with some DIYs around the house. Although I know how to sew, I lack the confidence to start projects on my own and definitely need some new cushions. You can't have too many cushions now can you?
My next new project is going to be jewellery making at the Mac. It's something I've dabbled in in the past, but want to make my porcelain jewellery projects even more professional.
Are you making anything new? Would love to hear what you get up to.
Hi! I'm a ceramicist, based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Combining beauty and function my porcelain vessels are everyday objects you'll want to treasure. My work is slip-cast and wheel-thrown.