Sunday, 28 June 2009
Thank you Miriam Zadik Gold for introducing us to all the Mary Jane's. It is lovely having them a to stay in our shop window! There is a Mary Jane for every mood, and our customers have been grooving with the headphones all week. Here we see Louise grooving to Nick Drake's Mary Jane and Linda grooving to Mary J Blige. Each scene gives us a lot of detail, many clues, all beautifully crafted, sometimes on a minute scale. Miriam had the idea after her aunty found and gave her six doll's heads. Miriam was crocheting her daughter some Mary Jane shoes and the six dolls heads looked down from the shelf and said 'Who Is Mary Jane?"
Thursday, 18 June 2009
The Monkees – Mary Mary *** Run DMC – Mary Mary *** Mary Jane Girls – In My House *** Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long *** Mary Jane (All Night Long) – Mary J. Blige *** Mary Jane – Rick James *** The White Stripes – Now Mary *** The Beatles – What’s The New Mary Jane *** Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary *** The Faces – Sweet Lady Mary *** Janis Joplin – Mary Jane *** Ike and Tina Turner – Proud Mary *** Everly Brothers – Take a Message to Mary *** Nick Drake – The Thoughts of Mary Jane *** Del Shannon – Mary Jane *** Kasentetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus – Quick Joey Small *** Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary *** Supergrass – Mary
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
Yesterday we waved goodbye to our Japanese friends, who made the last two weeks both a joy and a mystery. We have all been lost in translation, but our deep rooted love of textiles knitted us all together, and we have had a lot of laughs. They were very jolly characters and how they organised the food for the party, I'll never know. What we did understand, is that we all want to be together again, so watch this space.... Meiko and her crew will be back!
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Congratulations Sabrina Gschwandtner on making some beautiful work for the IASPIS organisation in Sweden. It's 3 pieces hung in the windows of the gallery. Each one took about a week to make and they are all sewn together with clear polyamide thread and 16 mm films recently "deaccessioned" from FIT's collection. The films are mostly educational shorts about various forms of women's work, like the processes of quilters, the history of Peruvian weaving, how to look for surface design inspiration in the world around you, etc. The titles of the 3 pieces are taken from the films used for each piece. She designed them thinking about string quilts, that form of quilting wherein narrow strips of leftover scrap fabrics are used. The
diamond in the third quilt is actually a log cabin-style square, a popular quilt design since the mid 1800s.
Monday, 8 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
This week Prick Your Finger is two years old. To celebrate we washed our hand knitted shop sign at 40 degrees, twice in the washing machine.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
This week Prick Your Finger is two years old.
We are delighted to have 99 crochet lizards to help us celebrate. They were made in Japan by our artist in resident Meiko Yoshieda. She has knitted the 100th Lizard here.
Please come to our party on Friday June 5th from 6-9pm and in the meen time enjoy this wonderful tune by the Flying Lizards.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
My Mother sent me this postcard, which arrived today. On the front was a slice of Post-It Note which pointed to the lady far right and said "What is she knitting?"