Sunday, January 16, 2011

Trip to the Catlins

We did a trip down to Blaclutha first and visited the local handwork group where we saw lots of objects made by others which is inspirational for our own work too. We had lunch with them and then the whole lot of us went to a local workshop for wood turning. There were lots of interesting things here and I was given a set of lino cutting tools to try out for wood cuts. I will have a go at this at the upcoming long weekend for our group and I cannot say how grateful I am for the loan.

We then carried on to Owaka where we visited an exhibition at the museum (I'm not convinced about that stuff but it was interesting) and then went on to a small local shop/home belonging to one of our members.

There we were regaled with chocolate cream cake and tea and there was a lot of general chit chat about this and that. I borrowed a book on handwork and have already made my way through the accompanying manual for a mystery quilt. My effort is looking good but very orange at present. The next layer should tone it down a bit. I'm thinking this will be a good addition to my library so I am looking for a copy online. The technical stuff is excellent.

All in all, the trip was extremely useful and I'm glad I didn't miss it.

Photos for the trip can be found on the link so I will just add a few holiday snaps here. The hat beard combination is one of six I made as Christmas presents, all different and all warm and silly :)

viv in nz


Mickle in NZ said...

It sounds like you had a very happy time, dear Viv.

I;ve just been checking out the Fibrearts Dunedin site - I'm a knitter, my dear Mum is a quilter (her Mother was a bespoke tailoress) and my dear sister, Liz, left a high-powered job in the financial sector in London in 1999 to do a Fine Arts Honours degree at Goldsmiths College in textile art. Liz now works as a curator etc.... in the arts scene in England.

No wonder I immediately "clicked" when I started reading your blog!

The word verification is "baticatt" - I think we've each lived with one of those, lol.

Sending care and huggles (with extra tickles under the chin for Skilly), Michelle and Zebby Cat

knutty knitter said...

It does seem to run in families. My mum is a knitter (mostly) my grandma on one side did tatting and the other was a milliner but also worked heaps in felt and dried flowers for fun. My sister does wonderful modern clothing for herself and embroidery (she is a prison educator normally). The rest are mostly computer types now (all boys/men) but both my boys are very good at art. One is into computers, the other is a ballet dancer - go figure :)


Plenty of batticatts here including youngest who has taught himself to purr!

Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi said...

Beautiful! I sure wish we could get down to the South Island again soon. It has been a couple of years now. I love it down there.

PS-Thanks for adding the Name/URL option!