Thursday, 19 July 2012

Quick Post: Purls and Wisdom with Manchester WI

Wednesday evening saw the first meeting of the Manchester WI craft group, Purls and Wisdom.

As you'll see from the pictures, we had a fantastic turnout and our hosts, Teacup looked after us brilliantly.

Beginners and experienced crafters joined in - we welcome any crafter at any level. Complete beginners who've never picked up a needle or hook, to those who've knitted, sewn or embroidered for years.

We've several projects members can be involved in - the Yarnbomb Consortium are arranging a big yarnbombing project in Manchester and members can crochet, or knit a square (any size, any stitch, any yarn) and contribute.

The second project, as shown in this picture, is part of the 2012 Canal Festival in Piccadilly Basin, involves yarnbombing of a different kind - with tassels.

There's also the Big Knit on again this year for Innocent Smoothies - more little hats to knit.

I'm working so we can collaborate with local craft venues, artists, makers, designers - Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Regina De Giovanni, Ellie Magpie and more.

I'm so pleased that this finally went ahead and was as successful as it turned out to be. We've so much more to come - machine sewing, dressmaking, embroidery. I'm looking forward to taking the group forward with the WI and being all we can be.

The next meeting will be 6:00 pm, 15 August in Teacup, Northern Quarter.

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