Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Back from Germany - zurueck aus Guetersloh

More about "Die Lange Nacht Der Kunst" - the long night of the art - (Guetersloh/Germany 19.5.2007), in words and images, at:

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Get ready for Father's Day -Tie in garter stitch

"Something to knit - a tie for your father

Why not make a tie for your father in garter stitch?
You will need a full ball of 4 ply knitting wool in a tweed mixture, or perhaps a colour to match your father's clothes.
Using size 9 needles, cast on 14 stitches, Slip the first stitch of the next row onto your right-hand needle without knitting it. Then knit the rest of the row as you have done before.
Slip the first stitch at the beginning of each row without knitting it. This will give your tie a firm edge.
Carry on knitting until you have about 900 mm of knitting, or measure it against one of your father's ties to be sure it is the correct length.
When your knitting is long enough, cast it off.
You can wrap up the knitted tie you have made and give it to your father as a surprise."

From: A Ladybird Book about Knitting by Maurren and Michael Harvey with Illustrations by Eric Winter, Ladybird Books Ltd, Loughborough 1972

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Linen Archetype - 5th International Biennale of Textile Miniatures - Lithuania

"The international biennale of linen miniatures "The Linen Archetype" is a continuous project the purpose of which is to revive the tradition of the linen symposiums-biennales established 14 years ago (1992) in Vilnius and which was discontinued in 1996. This international textile project is already the fifth such event; it invites the textile craftsmen from various countries who are interested in the continuation of the tradition and its transformation in the modern art of textile. Linen is a traditional material; it is one of the oldest world's textile raw materials that have been grown on various continents since the ninth century before Christ. (In Lithuania – since the fourth century before Christ), this is why it occupies a special place in the folk culture of every nation.

Artists from various countries are invited to expose the attitude toward traditional linen, to show the limitless artistic possibilities of this material and its pliability as far as innovatory experiments are concerned.

The title of the project – "the Linen Archetype" – shows that there is a trend to nurture and develop the primary linen images related to folklore, rituals, and traditions; to promote the advancement of the traditional culture in the post-modern milieu.

The project's goal – to obtain deeper knowledge of the traditional textile materials and to search for new means for artistic expression would advance the textile artistic multiplicity. The relations between traditions and modernity, which are constantly unfolding in arts through various forms, are the most essential driving force of its evolution."

7 - 30 June 2007, Art Gallery ARKA, Vilnius, Lithuania, then touring other cities and towns in Lithuania in the following 12 months

Threads Unite Women

Within the framework of a "Self-Help" project of DAI (Deutsch-Afghanische Initiative e.V./German-Afghan Initiative) peasant women in Laghmani north of Kabul embroider 8 x 8 cm squares. By selling their embroidery work, they are able to substantially improve the financial situation of their families. The embroidered squares are not to be seen as finished products but rather as “basic elements”. They are being sold in Europe in order to be integrated into a textile work. The embroidered squares are very well suited to be combined with patchwork-quilt techniques, where they can very well be set as an eye catcher. The results will be symbolically striking pieces of textile works. Not only are two techniques being joined together, but also two cultures. A spirit of curiosity and open-mindedness for the culture of other women, the coming together and the feeling of being joined in a common spirit is the aim of this exhibition.

„Fäden verbinden Frauen
Le fil de femmes à femmes
Threads unite women »


1) Quilt Art Lugano (Suisse)
1-3 juin 2007

2) Quilt en sud, Saint Jean de Luz (F)
7-10 juin 2007

16-17 juin 2007

4) Festival du lin (Linen festival) (F)
Association Alliance et culture 76740 Le Bourg-Dun
6-8 juillet 2007

5) PAX 07 Stadt Ausgburg
15 juillet – 8 août

6) Stickereimuseum Oberhundem (D)
57399 Kirchhundem - Oberhundem
18 août - 9 septembre 2007

7) European meeting Val d´Argent (F)
Initiatives Evènements
13-16 septembre 2007

8) Quiltfestival Island Farö (Danemark)
28-30 septembre

9) Tour de la ville Saint-Ghislain (Belgique)
Asbl Couleur fil
12-21 octobre 2007

10) Kath.Familienbildungsstätte Leverkusen (D)
51373 Leverkusen
19 – 30 novembre

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Die Lange Nacht der Kunst in Guetersloh/Germany