charity, Knitting

Got any spare knitting needles?

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The Glasgow based artist DStitch has placed a call out for unloved knitting needles.

She is going to send the knitting needles over to Ganet’s Adventure School in Northern Malawi for the young crafters who attend the school.

Have a look in your neglected craft corner for old needles or a set you don’t use and send them to her. Full address details including her address can be found on DStitch’s Facebook event page.

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Lucy Jackson Designs

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One of our lovely members, Lucy Jackson Designs, is getting out the city and will be at Lomond Shores Fair this weekend.

Along with other Mugdock Makkers she will be selling a variety of wonderful handmade items including her illustrated notebooks.

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The fair is on between 10am and 6pm, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July.

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Refugee Week Scotland 2014

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Refugee Week Scotland is one of the largest growing festivals in Scotland and one we just love.  It’s a mix of political discussions, community celebrations, arts and wonderful food over the whole of the country.

Here are a few highlights of crafty things to do during Refugee Week Scotland if you are in Glasgow

Tuesday 17th June: Family Storytelling Workshop at Scottish Youth Theatre. A chance for parents and children to explore drama together with poet/playwright Tawona Sithole. 6pm – 7pm Free but booking essential via Joanne@scottishyouththeatre.org

Wednesday 18th June: Melting Pot at Old Hairdressers on Renfield Lane. Join Saltmarket Design and make jewellery using recycled, affordable materials. 1pm – 5pm Free, just pop along.

Friday 20th June: Create a Commonwealth Flower at the Hidden Gardens, Tramway. Help create textile plants from around the Commonwealth which will be used for an exhibition during the Commonwealth Games. 11am – 1pm Free but booking essential through seona.anderson@plantlife.org.uk

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Saturday 21st June: A New Place to Sit at The Arches Following on from some furniture up-cycling workshops Govanhill Baths Community Trust/Rags To Riches launch from midday to 2pm. Free

Then when you’ve finished being creative why not dance the night away at the World Refugee Day Concert at the Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs. With a line up of Young Fathers, Balkanarama and Skipinnish it’s sure to be a fabulous night out.

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Look out for the Welcome Tent which will be on Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and St Enoch Square at different times throughout the week. For a full programme of events during Refugee Week Scotland (did we mention there are a lot of community events involving food?) please visit their website.

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Ready! Knit! Go!

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As the athletes prepare for the Commonwealth Games this summer local communities in Glasgow are getting ready to give them a big colourful welcome.

Two knitting protects have caught our eye and you can help them.

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The first is in Mount Florida beside Hampden Park. They’re looking to brighten up the route to the stadium by festooning lamp posts with knitted (& crocheted) tubes. Railings and even the local primary school also need your help to cover with flowers, granny squares and maybe even a few knitted athletes.

Get in touch with Scattercraft if you fancy popping in to one of their knitting groups or for an address to send your work to.

Over in the West End, Glasgow University are looking for help to knit the flags of all the competing nations. There are flags to suit every level of experience and you can find out more information on their blog.

There are over 60 flags to be knitted and when completed they’ll hang as bunting welcoming visitors to the main campus. Here’s a link to commonwealth flags which one do you fancy? We made some for the Olympics which were fun and a hit with the tourists as they walked past them.

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Do let us know if you take part or if you know of any other crafty events which will help brighten up Glasgow this summer.

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It’s festival time in Glasgow

For some all eyes are on Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games later this year. For us it’s all about the cultural and arts festivals that happen every year.

With the West End Festival on 1st – 29th June and Glasgow Mela on 7th – 8th June creating the main focus of events here are some highlights you might like.

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  • The Gibson Street Gala is on this Sunday and along with the music stalls there will be Art Fusion which will allow you to try your hand at various crafty things and some stalls. Our very own Freak Carousel will also be selling some of her fabulous and funky jewellery.
  • Our favourite coffee shop Cushion & Cake is running a series of Crafternoons on the 1st, 15th and 22nd of June some of which are also suitable for children. You can get more info here.
  • If you fancy some free stitchy fun with your glass of wine (sadly that’s not free) then head over to the Hillhead Bookclub on 3rd June at 6.30pm for Say It Ain’t Sew where Iona will be on hand to help you create something fab and fun.
  • Glasgow Mela has a guided tour and screening of A View from Here in Kelvingrove Art Gallery on 7th June which is also part of Scottish Refugee Week and looks at the memories of the people who lived in the high-rise flats that are disappearing from our skyline.

That’s just a taster as we haven’t even mentioned the parade on the 8th, all the dance and music events or Bollywood movie day.

So, what are you going to, we’d love to know.

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Jewellery Workshops in May

 

Freak Carousel Celebrity Skin CollectionNewest GCM member Freak Carousel is running a series of classes in bead jewellery techniques next month!  You can join her with her latest project Glasgow Bead Box and learn the basics of bead and charm jewellery whilst making lots of gorgeous pieces to take home with you each week.  It’s a great opportunity to meet fellow creatives and learn something new in a relaxed, social environment.

May-posterThe classes are designed to be enjoyed by complete beginners and seasoned crafters alike and every week you’ll be working on a different project whilst practising a particular technique.  All tools and materials will be provided on the night including a wide selection of quality beads so there’s no need to bring anything else but your lovely self.. and a friend or two if you like!

RSVP on the Facebook event and book online via the bigcartel store. You can book single classes or try your hand at all four with a generous block-booking discount!

These are guaranteed to be wonderful workshops, with an experienced creative tutor and at a fabulous venue that we just adore, Cushion & Cake. GCM members discovered it when attending a Craftivist event there last month and absolutely fell in love with the place. With its craftsy décor, adorable vintage tea-sets and home baking it’s easy to see why!

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Craftivism

Craft + Activism = Craftivism

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Last week two of our GCM members had the pleasure of attending a workshop delivered by the inspiring Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective, held at the beautifully vintage-themed Cushion & Cake in the West End (best home-made biscuits in the land!)

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It was an eye-opening look at crafting for the greater good, effective activism and ultimately, a lesson in slowing down… taking time out and using craft to contemplate and express thoughts on injustice, using it as a tool for self-reflection as well as a gentler kind of campaigning.

The footprint stitching project we all started during the workshop was a lovely way to open up discussion on the paths we walk in life and the imprint we will leave on the world.  It was thoughtful, encouraging and beautiful.

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Sarah is a wonderful, motivating, speaker and I think after last weeks workshop we’ll definitely be seeing some more craftivist action in Glasgow!

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Can you spot the GCM members?

Are you a craftivist? Do you have a story or project to share?  We’d love to hear about it and I’m sure the Craftivist Collective would too!
https://www.facebook.com/CraftivistCollective
https://twitter.com/craftivists

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