Catching the Memories and Passing on the Skills

Withy Arts’ new project, Catching the Memories and Passing on the Skills, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, has just started. One of the aims of this year long project is to teach participants the skills of basket making which were so important to Great Yarmouth’s past. The fishing industry used baskets in great quantities until plastic took over and for this reason, Great Yarmouth was a place of skilled craftsmanship.

For the first few weeks participants have been learning the basics of weaving in both willow and cane and in the process, made some beautiful objects, pictured below.

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Tension plates featuring the rosebud knot
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Making a tension plate
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Lovely trays
danish bottom basket
Baskets with a Danish bottom

And finally, cane work…

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Cane baskets
cane flowers
A garden of flowers

Sewing Circle

We settled down to stitching on the sewing plates we made last week. We achieved that lovely state where we were stitching together in companionable silence.

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We also made some new plates for future weeks which we left to dry on the shelf.

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Making up our sewing plates

We used the prints and rubbings we made last time and other fabrics to create ‘plates’ for sewing onto in future sessions. We ripped the fabrics and arranged them how we liked them and stuck them down.

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While they were drying we had a go at Free Stitching, Free Stitching means you can put your stitches anywhere you like, so you can make patterns if you want to, but you can also do something less fixed, even chaotic.

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Katie stitching. She decided afterwards that these shapes looked like fish.

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Lucy stitching.

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Jackie stitched a picture of her house.

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Keara stitched some stars.

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Emily and her cross stitch.

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Richard attempted chaos.

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Suzanne stitched over and through her stitches.

Print-making week

Inspired by our visit to West Runton last week we made prints using elements from nature.

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Katie inks up the plate.

Emily pritnmaking

Emily smooths the fabric over the plate to take a print.

Detail from the prints.

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This method makes lots of prints so there will be plenty of choice when it comes to selecting which prints to add stitches to.

We also did rubbings of leaves and other textures.

Keara

Keara with her rubbings.

Lucy took a rubbing from the chair seat, which produced a really strong effect.

 

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Self-expression through creativity