We have added something new to this month's newsletter in the form of a quick introduction video that I filmed at the studio this morning. It is so much easier to get information across in a video rather than a newsletter and I do love a good chat, so I thought I would do a quick film for you today. You can find the video on my Youtube channel here or by clicking on the image below.
If you like to idea of the video, or if you think it is a bit naff, do let me know so that I can gauge whether or not to keep doing them. We are planning a Q&A style video for the end of the month, so you can find more information about that in this film too.
When Gemma, Sarah and I sat down to discuss a theme for this months' newsletter we decided that we wanted to reflect on the events of the last few months and focus on how people have continued to enjoy their craft projects whilst isolated at home. We wanted to focus on the positive aspects that many of you have told us you have taken away from this experience. We know that there have been many negatives and some awful stories over the last few months and we are not looking to ignore these, but we felt the need to look at some of the really inspiring stories of friendship and support, of families coming together and of people going out of their way to help others.
Gemma has contributed a piece about an organisation dear to her heart as well as a really scrummy sounding recipe, which I have featured lower down this email and Sarah has donated a piece about her recent experiments with Indigo dying, something that she and her lovely husband Paul have been having a go at recently.
I had a message from my friend Jan the other night asking if I had been reading the comments within the Fruit Garden CAL Facebook group. To my shame I had to fess up to Jan the fact that I tend not to belong to groups, even those dedicated to my designs, so I had not been in and taken a look around any of the groups.
The reason I don't belong to a lot of the groups is partly because of time restrictions. I am a recovering social media addict and find the temptation to scroll and scroll and scroll really strong! I can loose hours being taken down a route I had not anticipated when I first went on line to look up just one thing! I tend to refer to this as being led away by squirrels and even have Post It note on the wall above my PC warning me of the perils of 'squirrelling'!
It isn't to say that I am not appreciative of all the chat that goes on in these groups in regards to my work. I love the fact that so many people have taken the time to write their stories of the CAL journey and if you have a bit of spare time, perhaps you would like to pop over to FB and read a few for yourself. You can find some great posts on my Facebook Page here, or take a look at the official Stylecraft CAL group here.
When thinking about what my contribution to this month's newsletter should be I started to think about how fitting it was that a crochet along project inspired by May Morris, and in turn her father William, really was at this time of lockdown. William founded the Arts and Crafts movement primarily as a reaction against the mass produced items that flooded the market at as result of the Industrial Revolution. William's idea was that there should be more of an emphasis on hand made unique items and that the worth of craftspeople should be more revered.
Whilst I love the ethos of many of William's ideas, I do think they were often grounded within the constraints of a class system where the rich could afford the hand made and therefore high price tags and the poor had no choice but to opt for the mass produced. I think the same can be said for modern day in some respects, but thankfully we can now source quality yarns at reasonable prices and can hopefully all choose projects that suit our pockets and our ethics.
'Nothing should be made by man's labour which is not worth making, or which must be made by labour degrading to the makers.'
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