Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
Packing a spinning wheel for flight is not easy. We thought my blanky, duck tape and laundry bags were the best form of wrapping. The wheel was fine.When we arrived at the festival, we saw Reverend Billy, a soul /gospel / protest group, who excorsied the devil from credit cards, and sang chorus's about identity, climate change, recession and the world falling apart. Then we drank some beer in a glass which said 'beauty and obsession' and then we went to bed.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
'In my garden I am Queene', is a misquote from the pre-Raphaelite painter Burne-Jones, and the title of a spectacular new show my Miss Fleur Oakes of The Glass Pingle, scheduled for a private view on Friday 1st May at Prick Your Finger. Fleur has been busy making a 16th C. style corset embroidered in raised embroidery / stumpwork. Fleur suggests that we all be the Queene of May on that day, so we hope to see you there for pagan joy and celebration. (And Kings of course, we must have kings, can't have spring without king...)
Friday, 24 April 2009
Bless Ian the Tea Thompson who has managed to make some fantastic sounds come out of my spinning wheel ahead of our gig at Girl Monster near Vienna on Saturday night. We have yarn being spun with old tape cassettes, which pass over a pick up and then microphones on the wheel, picking up squeaks and knocks through effects to make it sound like I'm spinning in a dark and dingy cellar, with scary noises going on in my head. Fortunately we will have Louise there on the stage with us in her fantastic new flax wig, carding beautiful rolags and doing her Bez Happy Monday's dancing. I think we are going to have a fantastic time.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
We love it when Zara comes to work with us, because she has lots of dreams which she makes come true. Today she wore these ruby slippers which were hand made for her by a man in Hollywood. They have 'J Garland' written inside them and felt on the bottom so she can dance really quietly. They were so shiny, they made the shop go all red and spotty.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Thank you Celia. In keeping with this month's theme of letting sleeping dogs lie, Celia sent us this picture of an embroidery that used to lie at the foot of Aunt Lillie's bed (her friend Daniel's aunt) then for years it rested on the arm of Daniel's sofa, so when you lay down you could rest your feet in the foot prints. Daniel gave it to Celia last year and she has it on her wall as it is very fragile and the stitches are worn down. Celia loves that feet can be called dogs and so do we.
We are loving learning the words to Lola, which we knew anyway, but we thought we'd better practice, so we can do our best, when we sing in the Girl Monster Orchestra with the Raincoats, yes the Raincoats, on Saturday in a little town near Vienna, and we love the song version so much, we thought it would be a nice idea to share it with you.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
What better way to celebrate this gorgeous spring time than to watch Simon Irwin's film of the 'Knitted Wedding', which I arranged and knitted for Freddie and Ben with the powerful aid of 'Cast Off Knitting Club for boys and girls', in the Summer of 2005.
Simon, it is beautifully made and thank you for putting it on U Tube.
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Congratulations Felix on your SEXY fluffy yellow with blue bits ribbed raglan JUMPER! Hooray! I witnessed your anger and frustration at those fluffed over decreases, and it looked dreadful to un ravel, but then you fixed it in no time at all. Well done, it looks georgous. This was the fluffy jumper you wanted before, and the wool is so well spun you won't get fluff in your mouth. What next?
I would like to invite you to be part of an exciting new project for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2009 Exhibition at the Jerwood Space in London.
We are proud to announce that we think we have fulfilled our life ambitions by being on the bill for the Chick on Speeds Girl Monster event in Austria next weekend! Prick Your Finger, your local haberdashery shop will be playing before the Raincoats. Yes! The Raincoats! The original healthy girl punk band. We are playing with Ian Tea Thompson of the Hackney Secular Singers who has made a marvelous contraption for me to hold whilst spinning the tape cassettes. He will pick up the sounds one last time, as they become plied yarn and Louise will be carding a fantastic array of fibres. Then at 00.30 we will be playing in the GMO the Girl Monster Orchestra under the artistic direction of Gustav. This evening promises to make history, even by it's very existence. Chicks on Speed know how to keep it real and stay free. For more information on Girl Monster go to http://www.donaufestival.at/content-1/festival/program/09/girl-monster-orchestra
Friday, 17 April 2009
Congratulations Jennifer Corker on your beautiful show 'Let Sleeping Dogs Lie' which we celebrated at PYF with you and your lovely friends last night. We love the simplicity and fine skills you used to make charming portraits of your favourite dogs and sea creatures.
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Like the Anders Solvesten Thomsen image heres a photoshoot Rachael and i did awhile ago showing the marvolous things you can do with a fleece thats not suitable for spinning! Rachael has turned it into a tippet,with the use of black ribbon and strings of fake pearls! Here shes working a super glamourous look for answering the phone and doing office work....oh yeah.
Friday, 10 April 2009
On my way home from ukulele lesson i spot this lovely bit of street darning! someone has made sure that rips on the 149 to Dalston bus seat are mended and won't spread any further.....that really is a stitch in time......
Monday, 6 April 2009
Sue understands that through the meduim of knitting, we can meditate, dream and eventually go any where we want to. So off she went and found an Owl and a Piggy with a ring in it's nose (not pictured here, I'm sorry, it was a brilliant touch Sue,) made some masks, knitted a substantial anchor on a chunky chain, and they set sail on a boat with some green bits on it. She created a brilliant scene and we wish them every success on their journey with knitting.
And what better way to finish this story than with Avril and her Candy Floss Crochet and Candy Cover Up. Avril and her friends have proved the point we wanted to make. Knitting can be an odd profession. When Louise and I were at college we had to mount our textile samples on pieces of white card, which was fine, but it gave little chance to show how the piece was worn. We love Avril's picture, because even though we can't see the knitting very well with all the merry goings on, we know how it made her feel, how she envisioned herself being when the yarn turned her on. It's a photo that leaves us wanting more....
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Our Friend Piers has built a first class Victorian railway carriage in his studio in Hackney Wick. Now it is completed, he is offering other people the chance to use it for photo shoots. If you are interested please e-mail him firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all friends and parents of new borns! Renowned knitting designer Erika Knight is coming to PYF to launch her new book, 'Natural Nursery Knits' on Saturday 2nd May 2-6pm. As well as producing practical and irresistible patterns for items to be treasured in the nursery and handed down as heirlooms, Erika will be talking to us about the sate of the world's yarn production. We all want to surround children with soft textures and adorn them with warm and comfortable clothing, but we also care about our environment. Erika will lead discussions on where our yarn comes from and how they effect our planet.
Friday, 3 April 2009
Miss Fleur Oakes of The Glass Pingle popped in for tea yesterday. Fleur is making an exciting new show which will be displayed at Prick Your Finger from the 1st of May. Fleur said she found a quote by Burne-Jones which said something like, (I've forgotten exactly)