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Apr 21 15

Updated programme

Posted by @greensnightout

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:

Date Topic
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!
11 May Drop-In
18 May Book group: The Crow Road (Iain Banks)
25 May Drop-In
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.

Apr 13 15

Change to advertised programme tonight

Posted by @greensnightout

Tonight (13 April) we’ll be meeting as usual at Bert’s Bar from 6-8pm rather than at Central Hall as advertised. Look forward to some new workshops in the coming term!

Feb 25 15

Bloomin’ marvellous

Posted by @greensnightout

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).

To make the ruffled felt ‘ball’ flowers you need approx 10x20cm felt plus a needle and thread. Thread colour isn’t too important for these as you won’t see it.

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.

Jen will also bring a couple of books. If anyone else has any books, ideas to try or suggestions please bring them along too. It’ll be ‘bloomin’ marvellous to see what we can create!

The workshop will begin at about 6.30pm and we have the room from 6pm. Tea and coffee provided, bring some snacks to share.

Feb 3 15

Brain a bit woolly?

Posted by @greensnightout

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.

Jan 26 15

Spring Programme 2015

Posted by @greensnightout

Crafters of Edinburgh, thank you for your patience. We are delighted to announce a tentative programme for Spring 2015! Like most craft projects, it’s a work in progress so is subject to alteration and improvement, but we have tried to incorporate the ideas people had for workshops and activities. We will also be arranging some trips to yarn fairs etc. so make sure you’re there on Monday evenings to hear what’s going on. On workshop weeks we’ll meet at Central Hall, but otherwise we’re likely to be found in our new weekly haunt, Bert’s Bar, on William Street. Alternatively, you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.

Our monthly brunch is on the first Sunday of the month at 11am. It’s very informal with everyone bringing something to share. For more information on this, ask Andrea or Fiona, or any of the regulars.

Date What’s On
26 January Drop-In
1 February Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)
2 February Drop-In
9 February Craft Surgery: Knotty Problems (granny squares, granny rectangles, needle sizes, wool choice – bring your questions and your answers)
16 February Drop-In
23 February Book Group: 4.50 From Paddington (Agatha Christie)
1 March Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)
2 March Workshop: Fabric Flowers (tbc)
9 March Craft Project 2015: Bring any suggestions for a social action project we can do together this year.
16 March Drop-In
23 March Craft Surgery: Maker’s Instructions (how to read a pattern)
30 March Book Group: The Crow Road (Iain Banks)
5 April Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)
6 April Drop-In
13 April Workshop: Pinhole Photography (tbc)
20 April Drop-In
27 April Book Group: H Is For Hawk (Helen Macdonald)
3 May Brunch (ask Andrea or Fiona for more info)
4 May Workshop: Felting (tbc)
11 May Drop-In
18 May Drop-In
25 May Book Group: To be decided
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
Jan 20 15

New year, new venue, new programme, old friends…

Posted by @greensnightout

Attention all crafters! We are delighted to be able to announce that we have found a new home. After extensive testing we have finally alighted on Bert’s Bar in William Street (parallel to Shandwick Place). It’s handy for buses, bikes, parking, trains and even…trams. It has a relaxed pub vibe. It serves pies. What’s not to love?

We will be meeting there every Monday between 6-8pm unless otherwise stated. Meanwhile. we’re hoping to publish our new programme for this term in the next couple of days…keep your eyes peeled for more!

Jan 16 15

Grannies on tour

Posted by @greensnightout

Happy Friday to you all!

Our hunt for the perfect Monday night venue continues this week with a trial visit to Bert’s Bar on William Street. We have a table reserved from 6pm so we’ll be in our usual 6-8pm slot. Please let other people know where we’ll be (we’ve told Summerhall we’re not there this week).

Hopefully we should find a new permanent home soon but in the meantime Granny Green’s search for her new home continues…(I’m now hearing Prokoviev’s Dance of the Knights in an Apprentice style).

Jan 5 15

January reminder

Posted by @greensnightout

Happy New Year! This is a quick reminder that there’s no official Granny Green’s tonight as we’re all still emerging from our midwinter slumbers, but a few of us are thinking of meeting at Teuchter’s bar in William Street at 6pm GGMT (Granny Green’s Mean Time). If you fancy a bit of company while you craft we’ll see you there.

Normal service will be resumed next Monday when we meet at The Royal Dick, Summerhall, from 6-8pm.

Dec 3 14

Monday 8 December

Posted by @greensnightout

Change of venue! This Monday (8th) we’re going to meet from 6-7.20pm in Lewis (at the top of the stairs) at Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP to make gift bags for the scarves, shawls and other lovely gifts. These will be given to Life Care Edinburgh on Friday 12th.

Look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Nov 5 14

Grannies for Grannies (and Grandpas!)

Posted by @greensnightout

This winter we are making gifts for local elderly people. A couple of weeks ago Sarah Douglas (aka Cycling Sarah) demonstrated how to crochet beautiful shawls/scarves. The pattern for this is attached, but we’re also looking for any handmade items to keep people warm this winter.  Scarves, shawls, hats, gloves, slippers, bed socks and blankets are all welcome.

Sarah has been in touch with local charity, Lifecare Edinburgh (and coincidentally erstwhile Granny Greener Vicky Bradley) and they are delighted to partner with us to pass the gifts on. If you don’t craft you can help by donating wool, gift wrap, cards and sweets to make our parcels extra special.

Download the pattern here:
granny grandad shawl scarf pattern

Join in the fun any Monday evening at Summerhall between 6-8pm.