Thursday, January 31, 2013
I'm so glad to have this knitting shop, because I'm encouraged to look at reading material I'd otherwise never pick up, being the fashion knitter and all. I think this new book we have in at Gather; "How Tea Cosies Changed the World", by Loani Prior is really fantastic. Knitted sculpture on a tea-pot!! - I LOVE IT!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
On our Tumblr page this month we channeled Persephone, walking the landscape to gather and soak up the heady atmosphere of Summer's nature, blissed with warmth, inspired to make cool stuff. Aroha. We have a Summer Knitting Construction Class this Sunday 3 Feb.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Finished the holiday season with an early morning coastal bushwalk. After an hour of walking, we crossed paths with a group of little boys, under pack, (maybe 10'ish) who had spent the night out there sleeping under the stars. What awesome little troopers!!
Monday, January 28, 2013
I've got a couple of framed pieces of antique needlepoint cloth in the store on display, and they attract so much attention. I'm not sure how old my pieces are, but I had a lovely customer bring her own personal collection in to show me, and what's remarkable about hers is that they are 18th century patterns, from which she creates the needlepoint cloth herself. Here she had this delicate folder of tattered pages of patterns tucked away in her bag, with pieces of perfect, colourful cross stitch cloth in bright new threads. Sure, they didn't have the patina or wear of age, but here was a poignant statement about this art still being well and alive, as cross-stitch is one of the oldest embroidery Folk Art forms. In the shop we do have some awesome re-inventions of Cross Stitch; like the Helvetica Cross Stitch Kits by Tamara Maynes, and a project book by Cath Kidston called Stitch. And taking it up a level, Textile Artist, Jane Denton has some framed stitch art in the shop for sale. Jane will be exhibiting new work at Gather in March, the opening details of which we post soon. Helvetica Cross Stitch Kits by Tamara Maynes. 4. 'Stitch' needlepoint project book by Cath Kidston available at Gather. 5. 'XS' stitch art by Jane Denton, available as framed finished art at Gather.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
At Gather, we have dyed up some beautiful Hand-Spun Tussah Silk samples with our range of Natural Dyes, to show the lovely hues of colours that can be created. The following extract from the 'Why Natural Dye' essay by Ethel Mairet, helps explains my obsession with this world: "William Morris says "all degradation of art veils itself in the semblance of an intellectual advance." and nothing is truer than this with regard to the art of dyeing. As a tradition it is practically dead in Britain, and is threatened with gradual extinction all over the world. It will not recover itself as an art till individual artists set themselves to make beautiful colours again, and ignore the colour made for them by commerce and the chemists.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Our 'Learn to Crochet' Workshops this Saturday 19th Jan is full, but we do have some places for the afternoon's class "Crochet Granny Squares". This Sunday we have our Social, 20th Jan; so drop in anytime between 11am to 2pm and claim your spot on the pink couch. Below are images from a new book in store called "Granny Square Crochet; 35 Contemporary Projects" by Catherine Hirst.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Coromandel Peninsula; what a spot to camp; freshly shucked oysters along the way, rugged coastline drive, fishing off snapper rock, tent in dense native bush by the water, hot sun, cold ocean swims and falling asleep to the sound of lapping waves - HEAVEN!!