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Sep 22 15

Autumn Programme is finally here!

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Granny Green is back from her summer holidays and limbering up for a craft filled countdown to winter. We hope you can join us for Monday night chat and creativity.

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

21/12/15 tbc

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.

Sep 7 15

Those nights are drawing in…

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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.

May 1 15

May the fourth…

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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!

Apr 21 15

Updated programme

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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…

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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

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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).