Friday, July 22, 2011

Missing - Altered Books

Three of Jeanette Gilk’s altered books that were removed from the exhibition at the National Quilt Festival in Stellenbosch in July and not returned before the exhibition was dismantled. Please note that these little altered books were NOT for sale. They are altered Fibreworks Major Minors catalogues that accompany Jeanette’s large altered Innovative Threads book on exhibitions. A copy of each of the 2 catalogues (not altered) were also taken. If you have them or know who does, or if you see them please arrange for their safe return to Dana Biddle, PO Box 2, Heidelberg 1438. Tel. 0163492949 or 0832685856.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Knitting in July

Hi Everyone,
 It’s been a really busy time since my book was launched and very exciting. We’ve had the launches in Cape Town and Hillcrest and C.N.A. in Eastgate have kindly offered to organise a Jo’burg launch. As soon as I have details I’ll let you know. In the meantime we have a lot of knitting events happening in July that I’m sure you’ll be interested in.

 National Quilt Festival – 1st to 7th July 2011  Bloemhof Girls School, Stellenbosch

ColourSpun and Nurturing Fibres will be sharing a stand and we will be selling our hand dyed yarns and a few little surprises. We are planning lots of exciting specials, with something new every day. I’ll also be demonstrating Tunisian Crochet and we’ll both be available to help with any knitting questions you may have. If you’re anywhere near Stellenbosch, treat yourself to a visit.

Breakaway to Clarens – 12th to 16th July 2011Instead of a breakaway to Heidelberg, this year I’ll be presenting workshops in Clarens on the 14th and 15th July as part of the annual Quilt in Clarens.

14th July – 8:30 to 4:30  Modular Knitting

Level – Intermediate to Advanced
Modular Knitting
From accessories, to garments to blankets, modular knitting is a wonderful way to knit geometric shapes into all sorts of everything. This method of knitting is easy if you follow a few guidelines and you’ll soon be on your way creating your own wonderful pieces.
Cost: R250.00
List of Materials
Yarn – all sorts, thick, thin, smooth, textured, novelty in a variety of colours of your choice.         
Knitting needles – bring a few sizes in a range to suit your yarns
Pencil, eraser.

15th July – 8:30 to 4:30 Free Style Knitting

Level – Intermediate to Advanced
Free Style Knitting
The do as you please with anything you like kind of knitting. You will learn to let go and allow your creativity to take over while you just knit.

Cost: R250.00
List of Materials
Yarn – all sorts, thick, thin, smooth, textured, novelty in a variety of colours of your choice.
Knitting needles – bring a few sizes in a range to suit your yarns
Pencil, eraser.

To book for Clarens please contact Alae Grabe – e-mail , Cell No: 082 577 2232, Fax 086 656 2537

To book accommodation in Clarens call Melanore on 058 256 1173

Hope to see you there J

 Free Knitting with Sandra Ratto

Sandra has been free knitting for many years. This means knitting without a pattern using many different textures and colours in one piece of work. You will be shown many techniques which you’ll use to make a Papal Scarf with patches of colour and textures that can  be worn as an accessory in place of a necklace.
3 One day workshops will be presented at “The Coffee Shop” on Pretoria Road in Benoni (near to Fruit and Veg City)

Dates: Thursday 7th, 14th and 28th July  from 9:30 to 1:30
Cost:  R300.00

List of Materials
Pair of 4mm needles
1 ball DK yarn – black
An assortment of other yarns (small amounts of each)

To book for Sandra’s workshops, please call her on 011 894 1011.
That’s all for now.
Happy Knitting

Love Dana

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Launch

Book Launch - A Knitting Adventure with South African Yarn 
                             'n Brei-avontuur met Suid-Afrikaanse wol

at Spin Knits at the V&A Waterfront on the morning of the 28th May 2011 at 10am. Many of the yarn makers will be there and it promises to be a lovely morning out.

at Wool n Weave in Hillcrest, KZN at 9:30am on the 4th June 2011. If you're in Durban, please join us there, we're looking forward to meeting you.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Site_Specific Land Art Event

The Site_Specific Land Art Event will take place in Plettenberg Bay  from the 22 - 29 May 2011. It is South Africa's first international land art event. From the 22nd to the 27th artists will create works along the trail using matrerials such as rocks, sticks, soil and plants. The trail will be open to all on the 28th and 29th and there is a full programme of events.

The Boitumelo Sewing Project  have joined the Site_Specific Land Art Event
and will offer training to 8 different craft projects within the Bitou Municipality as well as creating and showing 'Veiled Hope' which won the first prize from Skaftein in February 2011. 'Veiled Hope' will be exhibited this week in Hillbrow outside the Hillbrow Theatre and on the Church Tower.
Please follow their journey on;

For more info regarding this event, please visit the Site_Specific Land Art Event website.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nuno Felting Workshop

NUNO Felting workshop by Margarida Beneito

Friday 27th May in Winston Park, KZNAll facilites will be provided and Margarida will provide all materials.  This is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn from an expert before she leaves for Germany 5 days later!!

The cost is R850 and full payment must be made to secure your booking.
To book, call Colleen    031 7672239 or 083 311 4647 as soon as possible as this workshop is limited to 10 delegates.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

1000 Traveling Names and a Donkey (and all the Donkey's friends)

Here are 2 addresses that you can send your completed donkeys to

c/o Jackie Herbst 
England and Wales Cricket Board / ECB
Lord's Cricket Ground

c/o Gene
3A Stompits rd
Holy Port

So get stitching and lets see how many donkeys we can send to Mongolia. Don't forget, there's a ColourSpun prize for the cutest one - 10 x 50g skeins of ColourSpun Natural Designer Yarn.

Dash on over to their blog to keep track of their progress.

...and a big thank you to everyone in advance :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Calling all Visual Artists

SADC visual artists submissions.

Virginia MacKenny, Senior Lecturer in painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, at the University of Cape Town is currently compiling a book on visual arts production in Southern Africa and SADC countries that is engaged with environmental issues with a focus on climate change. She requests info (and pics) on any projects you are doing in the visual arts sector or if you know of any projects (particularly in the SADC countries - especially difficult to track down).

Information submittal deadline is April 25 (tight but in order to do follow up etc necessary as trying to get the book to come out in time for COP17).

for more info, please visit the COPART blog.