Category Archives: Community

A New group…

For the past few weeks we’ve been working with people at Norfolk and Waveney Headway We are starting from scratch learning weaving techniques, using cane. Group members started with baskets on a base which Sarah had already fixed the uprights into.

Joan starting her weaving.
Janet has a brick inside her basket to keep it still.
Tina weaves in plain cane.
Owen’s colourful weaving.
Stephen is using a paint can as a weight.

Week 2 and Michael joins the group. The others start their baskets from scratch weaving their uprights into the bases.

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Michael has finished his beautiful multi-coloured basket.

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

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Baskets with a Danish bottom

And finally, cane work…

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Cane baskets

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A garden of flowers

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.

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Keara with her rubbings.

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

 

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Stitch in Time (Part Two)

We are working with a group from About With Friends, based in Cromer, continuing the Stitch in Time project whose starting point is the coast.

Our first session was a visit to West Runton to collect ideas and images to inspire us for our print making and stitching in weeks to come.

 

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Sara took photos for reference and we spent time looking at coastal features…

…plants and sea creatures…

What a great day…

The public involvement day was a roaring success. The weather was good so there were lots of people in the park enjoying the sunshine. Many people came to see the demonstrations and find out more about what the volunteers have been up to and learn about willow.

Several of our younger visitors helped with the scribble weave sculptures.

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or made willow stars

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The toilet block hurdle and the garden enclosure were both finished.

The new hurdle for the bin enclosure was started and volunteers demonstrated willow fish making and how to make the covers

We even had a canine visitor who was more interested in the water in the bucket than the willow itself to be honest.

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Proud volunteers and Withy Arts workers at the end of a delightful project.

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Preparing for Saturday

We spent yesterday evening preparing for Saturday’s public involvement day. The volunteers will be demonstrating their skills, talking to people about the project and the new woven things at the park and giving people the opportunity to do some weaving themselves.

We spent some time looking at what we like and dislike personally when we are being engaged as participants at events.