September’s Session At Platt Hall Costume Gallery

This month we were treated to a surprise addition to our usual knitting workshop: a chance to see the work of a group of craftspeople from Gujarat, India, who are in the region celebrating our shared connections through cotton. Two of the artists whose work was on display, Lokesh Ghai and Shamji Vishram Siju, are also in residence at the Costume Gallery at the moment (until 17th Oct) and were kind enough to talk to us about their work. It was a fascinating talk and I’m sure I speak for the whole group when I say a huge thank you to Lokesh and Shamji for sharing the stories of the beautiful fabrics and giving us an insight into their practice. Many thanks also to Kate Day from the gallery who organised for them to join us.

The knitting part of the session looked at the handy gadgets, or notions, that knitters love to have around to help us out, whether it be to help us remember where we’re up to, keep us from loosing or needles or stop the cat ending up in the middle of a ball of wool!  We looked at some beautiful pieces from the collection that we all coveted for our own knitting bags, and then had a go at making some rather daft ones of our own! I’ll let the pictures speak a thousand words….

Hope to see you next time!

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