Well November has thus far proved very active and creative for the Granny Greeners. A big thank you to Morag for instructing us in the art of tea cup candle making. No eyebrows were singed and we all went home with some wonderful potential Christmas gifts.
Hot on the heels of the candle making success, a number of Granny Greeners spent a fantastic and delightfully messy Saturday morning at the Cyan Clayworks studio in Edinburgh. We learnt how to throw pots on the wheel and how to coil build pots by hand. We’re really looking forward to seeing the final results once our creations have been fired and glazed.
The Cyan Clayworks were kind enough to run a bespoke workshop exclusively for Granny Greens Big Night Out. We will certainly be exploring the possibility of returning and we will be looking to arrange similar events for other crafts (suggestions welcome!).
Tonight we’ll be making teacup candles at Central Hall, Tollcross, so if you’re planning to be at GG’s then come and join us there!
If you’d like to make one, two or a few teacup candles (10kg of wax and 60 wicks ordered!) then please come along with:
- teacups or other suitable receptacles (charity shops or parents/grandparents attics are where they are all hanging out) Nice glasses or baby kilner jars were also mentioned as good options
- a few pounds to contribute to wax and wicks cost, the amount will depend how many of us there are
- optional, you can add essential oils as your candle cools and apparently you need rather a lot to scent the whole candle so please bring your own if you fancy that
- optional, if your container is glass/transparent you can add things such as cinnamon sticks, star anise, rose petals etc again please bring your own
We’ll do the candle-making in the kitchen but there’s plenty of space in the hall for normal crafting activities!
Next week, back at Bert’s Bar as usual.
Monday the 12th is ‘Knit a square’ night! Supporting our very own Marvellous Mary and the fantastic work of KasCare (http://www.knit-a-square.com) we’ll be knitting and crocheting blanket squares to send to AIDS orphans in South Africa.
This is a cause Granny Greens has supported on many occasions in the past. We even roped in Grey Friars Bobby! (http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2014/02/granny-greens-knitting-for-africa/)
Don’t worry if you’ve never made a square in the past. There will be plenty of friendly faces on hand to give advice. Any colour of wool/yarn is fine, but we aren’t encouraging pale colours, as the blankets will rarely, if ever, be washed. Spare hooks, needles and yarn will be available on the night.
Join us at our usual haunt Bert’s Bar, for some crafting for a great cause xx
28/9/15 Swap Shop – Central Hall, Tollcross – Bring your leftover/spare crafty items for swapping.
5/10/15 Drop in at Bert’s
12/10/15 Knit a Square Night – Knit or crochet a blanket square for Aids orphans in South Africa – Bert’s Bar
19/10/15 Drop in at Bert’s
26/10/15 Drop in at Bert’s
2/11/15 Tea cup candles – Central Hall, Tollcross
9/11/15 Drop in at Bert’s
16/11/15 Drop in at Bert’s
23/11/15 Make Xmas decorations – Central Hall, Tollcross
30/11/15 Drop in at Bert’s
7/12/15 Drop in at Bert’s
14/12/15 Drop in at Bert’s
Check out the Facebook group for updates on the monthly brunches, Christmas outing and November’s pottery workshop (to join this group ask one of the regular members on a Monday evening). And keep an eye on the public Facebook page for further updates.
We’re back from our summer break and some of us have been busy making beautiful things in a variety of locations across the globe (and in William Street – see right). Until we publish our programme for this term we will be meeting as usual in Bert’s Bar from 6-8pm every Monday evening for drop-in crafting, banter and general bonhomie.
Many of us have felt compelled to take action to help the refugees caught in camps across Europe, so we’ll be knitting and crocheting hats, scarves, gloves and scarves to send to Calais and elsewhere. We’ll also be collecting any contributions for Calaid that folks bring along. Here’s a list of what they are looking for:
We are collecting items of all kinds, and contributions towards transportation and distribution where possible, from a drop-off point. With summer swiftly coming to an end and plummeting temperatures fast approaching, many items are more vital than ever. Below are listed just some of the things most needed:
- Men’s clothing and shoes are in short supply, so trainers and boots are vital (not wellington boots), as are warm clothes, waterproofs, underwear and socks. There are roughly 10 times more men than women in the camps and durable shoes and clothing are urgently needed.
- Gloves, scarves, hats and socks for a range of ages and sizes are welcome as is women’s underwear and women’s and children’s winter jackets. There is a surplus of general clothing for women and children for now, but warm layers are needed.
- Tents, sleeping bags, camp beds, sleeping mats, blankets, towels and any extra warm things you can think of.
- Candles, matches, torches and batteries, wind-up torches, head torches or other equipment that can be used for light.
- Basic hygiene products like hand sanitiser, bars of soap, toothpaste, wash cloths, toothbrushes, women’s sanitary products, razors, shaving foam, wet wipes, and other basic toiletry and hygiene supplies.
- Vitamins, medicine and basic first aid supplies like plasters, bandages, antiseptic creams, over-the-counter painkillers, generic antibiotics etc.
- Dry, packaged and tinned food that is easily transportable and won’t quickly expire. Camping stoves, pots, pans and utensils are also welcome.
- Old phones. A lot of people want to be able to contact their families, so old mobiles with chargers are very welcome, especially if the chargers have European plugs or people have spare adaptors.
- Books in varying languages, including French and English dictionaries and educational books.
Also, think about attaching notes, cards or letters to your donations, messages of hope and acceptance, reminders that there are people who care! Think of what many of these people are going through, and what comfort kind words and gestures can bring.
There are also a number of blogs and groups you can join to find out more about crafting for refugees in Turkey, Turkmenistan and other places. Check out the Granny Green’s Facebook page for some links, or come along to Bert’s and join the conversation.
A few days hence, in a room far, far away….
It is a period of experimental crafting.
Pinterest viewers, striking
from a hidden base, have won
their first victory against
the evil Monday night blues.
During the battle, rebel
crocheters managed to source secret
plans to the Empire’s
ultimate weapon, the PATTERNS,
a number of freely available guides
to creating hilarious nonsense
with enough power to destroy
an entire planet.
Pursued by the Empire’s
non-craft agents, Granny
Green races home aboard her
starship, custodian of the
stolen plans that can save
her people and restore
freedom to the galaxy….
In other, less poetic words, Granny Green’s is going inter-galactic this week (4 May) with a Star Wars themed evening at Central Hall between 6-8pm. Get onto Pinterest and bring along some spacey crafts to try out. In an unprecedented move Granny Green is offering a TOP PRIZE for the best craft idea. Also, bring some Star Wars themed snacks (Attack of the Scones? Empire Biscuits Strike Back? Luke Piewalker? You get the drift…). The fun starts at 6pm – see you there!
Here at Granny’s HQ we’re committed to arranging a top-class programme for our members. It’s with shame, therefore, that we have to put our hands up and confess that we’ve not been great at running it well this term…we skipped a workshop, failed to have discussion, haven’t taken any pinhole photographs and haven’t kept up with our reading. However, everyone still seems to having a jolly time, so we’re not too sad.
It might be helpful, though, to rejig what we have planned so we all know where we stand. With that in mind, here’s a provisional revised programme for the next few weeks:
|27 April||Craft Project 2015: Bring any suggestions for a social action project we can do as a group this year.|
|3 May||Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)|
|4 May||Possible workshop night – suggestions welcome!|
|18 May||Book group: The Crow Road (Iain Banks)|
|7 June||Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)|
|8 June||Craft Project 2015: Progress Update evening|
|15 June||Drop In|
|22 June||Drop In|
|29 June||Drop in|
Last year we did some crafting by the beach over the summer months, and it would be nice to keep that going. Keep your eyes peeled for more information as the temperature hots up. meanwhile, find us every Monday evening in Bert’s Bar on William Street. A warm welcome is always available.
This Monday is a fabric flower workshop being led at Central Hall by our very own Jen Pickett. Jen will be running through how to make all of the flowers in the photo (and possibly some others!). Please bring your own materials to work with (details of what you need to bring are below).
To make a ribbon rose you need approx 1m ribbon (the ones in the picture are made using 2.5cm, 4cm and 5 cm widths – ribbon size determines rose size). You will also need a needle and thread that matches your ribbon).
The dark blue felt cherry blossom requires some scraps of felt, needle, thread, a bead and some floristry wires (Provided – 10p donation for the wires).
The small beaded crochet flower requires a 3mm hook and relatively fine yarn with seed beads and a pearl attached using a needle and thread. This flower is attached to a hair pin and can be included in bouquets.
So to summarise, lots to have a go at. Please bring materials to work with. Some fabric will be provided along with a glue gun, brooch backs, wires and floral tape, but if you have any of these, please bring them to share.
The workshop will begin at about 6.30pm and we have the room from 6pm. Tea and coffee provided, bring some snacks to share.
Next week’s Big Night Out will be in Bert’s as usual but we’re asking you to bring all your questions and answers about knitting and crochet. Forgotten how to cast off? Not sure how to make a granny square? Would like to give the woolly arts a shot but don’t know where to start? Then come and ask our experts. We’re also asking that the experts (and you know who you are!) also make themselves available to help out. Noone’s going to get themselves tied in knots over it…at least we hope not! See you next Monday when the Surgery will be open.