Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Handcraft Exhibition

Today I visited the South Peninsula Handcraft Club Exhibition. Its taking place in Fish Hoek at the Civic Centre until Saturday 28 May and entry costs just R5.

It's well worth a visit if you are interested in crafts because there is a collection of all sorts of hand crafted work on show. I always head straight for the embroidery and there was wide variety of work to see - cutwork, pulled work, hardanger, needlepainting, blackwork, ribbon embroidery and more.

If you haven't seen Tricia Elvin-Jensen's pulled work that won first prize in the Embroiderers' Guild of America competition last year, this is your chance to see it up close. I also enjoyed seeing the more unusual embroidered pieces that creatively combined pulled work and hardanger and a beautiful restored workbox in turquoise silk with delicate sprays of flowers and lots of bullion knots. All very inspiring!

But that's not all there is to see. There's quilting, knitting, paper craft, bead work and lots of toys - both knitted and stitched - and mosaic work too. A little surprise if you go through to the tearoom... There you'll find handmade items for sale and, you can almost shop till you drop.

I had a lovely morning driving along Boyes Drive with glimpses of the beautiful views over False Bay and then seeing some inspiring crafts and embroidery.

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