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Hello thought I would give you a call.
Have done too much housework today. I have a rule only do as much house work as necessary and only do more if you have an emergency. Emergencies are visitors e.g. mother in laws, fussy friends (fortunately mine aren’t, so they are always welcome) and running out of clean clothes.
So I thought I would have a nice cuppa and relax.
I have been thinking about the cups I found the other day. They were a blast from the past for me. I had the whole set of Kiln Craft in that design in the 80’s. I had the plates and small soup bowls and all the cups and saucers. I think they were Produced by Staffordshire Pottery which is no longer in business. I stopped using them when a few of my large plates disappeared. Went with the fairies I expect!
I seem to have a lot of odd crockery and this year decided to search out a new set. I can’t seem to find a suitable set as yet, but I will keep looking.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>Pretty:~ must look nice.
>Shape:~ Large bowls, and cups ( I hate getting my husband to fetch another cup of tea for me ) If you are reading this dear -Joke….
>Plates:~ Large and rectangular with edges turned up a little like a pasta plate. The Kiln Craft ones were quite deep if I recall.
>Dishwasher , Microwavable friendly.
>Bounces on a tiled surface.
Oh well lets finish my cuppa now and search the internet for ideas.
P.S I do remember you visiting that Parisian Cafe Bar, Le Kitsch, must be over 10 years ago now, you raved about their mix-matched vintage and retro plates, cups and mugs. Your favourite place to visit. Cute and kitsch.
10 rue d’oberkampf 75011 Paris
Visit Ma Finds in store for cute and quirky vintage & retro finds from Ma!
Well, well, well, I looked up tea cosy on the net. Yes plural is cosies. It is amazing what you can find when you look…
Did you know that Wikipedia has a page on tea cosies? I was amazed.
- By tradition made from cloth or wool.
- They often have padded inserts, which can be removed and washed separately.
( My mother had a cloth tea cosy in the shape of a house. It was padded. I remember playing with it. It was embroidered with little roses around the doors and windows. Having a flash back yes the padding can be removed. I think it had a sort of knitted area — a trellis or something and the roof had a chimney. There was no hole for the spout and handle it covered the whole teapot. )
So excited there is the house tea cosy on the pattern above like the one I remembered. I love the Internet!!!
Now on with the facts…
- Some have been made with hidden pockets to be filled with fragrant herbs or flowers, similar to a potpourri.
Now that is a good idea.
- Many tea cosies in Britain are hand-knitted, resembling woollen hats, even featuring a bobble on top.
This was the type I made when I learnt to knit. Easy garter stitch but introducing Twisting yarn and decreasing. The bobble was the best bit. This could prove tricky at first but so much fun. There were no plastic bobble makers. Well if there was I did not have one. (I have 2 now ~you have to move on with modern technology.)
I do like your Guest Designers – Megan & Mona – lovely Welsh label selling handmade crocheted tea cosies:
I looked up lots more and found this article for you on the Internet and thought it might be of interest.
The History of the Tea Cosy
-Article Submitted by: Suie Roberts
The tea cosy is a common every day object that probably doesn’t seem very interesting. But it comes from Nobel origins, and was not only brought about to keep the teapot and its contents hot, but to also extend social activities. Pretty hard to believe isn’t it, of a small knitted item that resembles a woolly hat?
The history of the tea cosy begins when tea was first introduced to Britain in the 1660′s, when King Charles II married Catherine of Braganza. Catherine brought to court the pleasure of tea taking. Of course the importing of such a luxury item was very costly and a pleasure only the aristocracy could afford until 1750 when tea became Britain’s National drink.Colonialism and the ever-increasing empire meant that more exotic goods were being brought to Britain more often and more cheaply. But it is probably the Duchess of Bedford who brought about the popularity of the tea cosy.In 1840 the Duchess of Bedford established the activity of ‘Afternoon Tea’, an event that became so British that we still refer to four o’clock as ‘Tea time’. During this era ‘well to do’ ladies didn’t work, so the introduction of afternoon tea was a welcomed occupation. Unlike today, afternoon tea was a rather posh affair; the best china (usually fine China tea services imported from China) would be used and fancy cakes and pastries would accompany the tea. Usually invited guests or unexpected visitors would join in taking afternoon tea. The tea party would be served at a table, often in the garden during the summer months. The matriarchal figure would pour everyone’s tea and in her absence another would step in which is where the term ‘Shall I be Mother’ originated. Afternoon tea was not only a happy pastime and a mini social event, but it was also a time for networking and keeping up to date with aristocracy gossip and topical news.
Of course with all the chatter at teatime the teapot would get cold. This, at times, would have cut short some tea parties, giving reluctant guests an excuse to leave instead or sending for a fresh pot of tea. And so, the tea cosy came about. A warm little jacket to keep the tea pot piping hot and so extending teatime.”
via Article Blast
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Off to get the Knitting needles sharpened. Quite inspired. I will make a cuppa as well. A nice strong brew.
P.S Why not take the Tea Etiquette Quiz?
I know I have not written for a while. I have had a busy month. It all started with my visit to the Knitting and Stitching show in London last month. I go every year with Boo and Ghi. We make a weekend of it and we make it a good one!
This year Ghi and I went up on the Friday and had a trip on a London Bus. The weather was great. Even warm! The trip included a sail up the Thames. Marvellous. Our main aim was to get off the bus and go to the Tate Modern to see the Gauguin Exhibition.
We had a problem we had to wait an hour and a half to get in. Should have booked ahead, ah well you live and learn. Ghi was miffed to say the least. I gnashed my teeth a lot but it got us nowhere. There was a nice Welsh lad in the ticket office but pulling the “ I belong to your Tribe “ card made no difference. So we decided to book another visit to London before the exhibition ends. The Tate Modern is huge and there is a lot of open space. I have been there several times but not sure about the large empty space. Perhaps it is part of the exhibition?
Went to see a few Picassos and some of the off the wall exhibits and I mean off the wall. Not sure….. but food for thought. I always find even if you do not like something it does inspire you. (More about my Sewing on a poly pocket again.) http://www.twistedthread.com/
Anyway we met up with Boo and next day set off to Ally Pally. Looked at the shops in Muswell Hill on the way down. New thing on the block Teapot cosys or is it cosies? Lots for sale . Brilliant I thought “ I will make one when I return.”
The whole idea when we go to the show is to look for inspiration, new products and trends.
That is the official line we put out. There are other elements to the weekend but I will tell you later.
As usual there was a lot to see and we booked to go to some workshops. We enjoyed them and there were lots of exhibitions to look at and lots of lovely stalls to buy things from. I did not buy much this year honestly. (just in case your father reads this blog).
The 2 big highlights for me :
I have had it in my head now for a while to pursue buttons. Love buttons! The range of buttons available to buy is huge. Enormous buttons, wooden buttons, glass buttons ooh…sooo pretty. I bought a few of those Button blanks to cover because I have a plan!
On the second day I saw a demonstration on the use of Angelina film. Great I thought now I have my theme for my talk to the WI. So I bought some stamps and ink and knew I would have some fun playing when I returned home.
So when I returned I had lots to do. Lots of things to make and that is the reason I have not got in touch for a while.
Next time I write I will send you pictures of the things I made. Also have a giveaway for you.
Pictures: Flowers in London, by Louise Grose, 1968
The Bethnal Green Museum, by Laurence Scarfe, 1964
These were a few of my favourites from 1960s to view by decade click here.
1 square of black felt 12cm x 12cm
1 square of black felt 12cm X 12cm .
1 square of white felt 12cmx12cm.
1 piece of green felt 4cmx 12cm
White and green cotton.
Thick thread such as 6 stands of black stranded cotton.
1 red bead
Silicon cake case bases.
1. Cut out an irregular shape for the cream out of the white felt square.
2. Sew white blob to black square using the white thread.
3. Cut out 3 holly shaped leaves from the green felt
4. Sew Holly leaves in the centre of your white felt.
5. Sew on bead in centre of holly.
6. Using your thick thread, sew around the edge of the black square. Use short running stitches.
7. Pull up edges and stuff the inside of your pudding with your wadding.
8. Sew across the base of the pudding and finish off your thread securely.
9. Place some of the PVA glue in the base of the silicon cake case and press in puddind and leave to dry
Just had a look at your bow ties and that smart Dr Who Matt Smith. Dr Who in his second and third regeneration had a thing about the bow tie too. It spans space and time….
Filmed in Wales you know.
Thought I would find out when they became popular and of course Wikipedia had the answer.
They originated with the Croatian Mercenary soldiers in the Prussian Wars. They used sort of scarf to keep the neck of their shirts closed.
Can get cold in those Prussian winters. Ooh ..I bet they looked smart.
The upper class French always quick to spot a classy accessory adopted it and called it the cravat from the French (because they spoke French) for Croat.
Balzac even wrote a book about it according to Wikipedia. Must look that up!
Now the puzzling bit , like the chicken and the egg, did the cravat evolve into the necktie and then bow tie or did the bow tie come first and the necktie?
Something to ponder on.
I personally go for the bow tie first then the neck tie but do not rely on me I can’t even win the lottery. Must buy a ticket!
Wikipedia also mentions our Doctor Who wearing a bow tie also Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel) from Eastenders.
Up to the minute and in vogue and who can resist a man in a formal Black Tie (bow of course) and all those soldiers in their mess kit. Enough to turn ones head!
Off to Sewing Group tonight. (Must mention Extinct Design to all the other sewers…)
So today I have been catching up on some of the things I planned to do this Summer! I set myself a target of two projects. I have to have targets otherwise I am hopeless. (I even have targets for house work and that is another story of targets not met.)
I think I showed you my Lampost. Have some photos for you to see.
Taking it along to show the girls! I want some ideas on how to hang it. Would like an iron curtain rail but I need a short one with fancy Iron twists. Hmm………
I have been mulling over what to do next. I have started another piece, a panel based on the same photograph and I will either make a bag or a cushion from it. I have thought of using shapes created in the photograph and the patterned stitches on my machine. I want to keep to limited palette of greys. I do have a problem with puckering where the heavy stitching draws in the fabric but I have decided to go with it because I quite like the effect and if it does not work out I can always cut it up and re apply it. Often they turn out the best pieces.
I think I will use machine threads I have I have a lot of Madeira threads from other projects to use up.
In my use it up mode today.
We are hoping for a few new members. We began a few years ago when a group of us completed our City and Guilds Textile courses. We are hoping to put on an exhibition.(plans to be finalised soon!!) We based our work on photographs we took around Cardiff Bay.
We meet in a Church Hall lovely space and good lighting. It is in a nearby village so not far to travel. We are a self supporting group and have lots of ideas how to develop.
I was taken with the reflections in windows especially of the old Victorian type street lights. Cardiff Bay is a great place to go for inspiration for all types of Craft. Actually it is a great place anyway. Lots of lovely restaurants and lots to see. It also has Craft in the Bay a good place to visit too.
I will let you know how everyone has got on over the summer. I know my friend Ghee has been working on an experimental piece. I am waiting to see if Boo has completed her project too.
Pa said he is looking forward to this evening too . Don’t know why?
Just a quick one. Just got back. Thought I would give you a nudge.
Pa thought we should get out today, he said it would do us good. As we pulled up outside Asda… he got the look! So he offered to take me to lunch. After popping into the giant superstore for a few things and spending £90 we walked over to the Cafe.
Now this Cafe has an Art Gallery attached. This pleased me very much, because I love to look around the lovely exhibitions they have there. They also make great homemade cakes which pleases your Pa. The gift shop also full of original gifts too. After all Christmas is coming!
Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre in Cwmbran has been going for a few years now and is one of our favourite places for tea and a snack.
They were in the middle of setting up the next exhibition today. It is called Portal Series 10. There is a private viewing on 11th of September 12pm to 2pm and then I assume it will be up and running.
I was a bit disappointed not to be able to see the new exhibition. However….. as I had to walk through the room to go to the toilet I caught a glimpse of some of the pieces that were being set up. (It is ok no one saw me). Lovely Stuff………
Must go back! Well worth another look.
I picked up the blurb for you and it says that is
“an exhibition of work of recent graduates exploring weave, textile, ceramic ,jewellery and photography questioning the motives, processes and preoccupations within contemporary applied art”.
Sounds good to me.
Llantarnam Grange has a web site. (http://www.lgac.org.uk/) worth a look .
I have been thinking back to a few years ago when I was on a bus tour and where two ladies behind me were chatting. I could overhear them I was not listening intentionally of course! Well, it was a long bus tour and it was before my ipod days…
One of the women was saying she sat by a lady on a similar tour who was tatting. She went on to say that for the whole of the tour the woman wanted to teach her to tat. Ooh! , I thought, I would love to have sat by such a person and learn how to do that. At that moment I did not have the faintest idea what tatting was.
The lady with the loud voice ( ok I strained to hear what she was saying next ) said she told her(straight) she could not think of anything so boring as tatting. I thought that was a bit mean and I am sure it is lovely. My interest or nosiness was peeked, right peeked.
On returning home I decided to find out exactly what this tatting was. I got out my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (don’t laugh it is a good book and was all I had) and there was Tatting. Yesss! I went and bought a shuttle,(in red) why I am telling you that I do not know and I found some crochet cotton.
The next dark wet day, a day a bit like today in fact, I sat down by the fire on a bean bag (again why do I need you to know that too, but it sets the scene) and learned to turn the knot. Several hours later and piles of bits of cotton on the carpet I managed it. I had not made anything but had learnt the basic stitch.
For the history bit. It is a type of lace making popular in the early 19th Century .However there is some evidence it goes back when the Fishermen started their net making. I suppose it all evolved from Knot making ..it makes sense to me. Lace was expensive to make so tatting was a cheaper alternative. Wikipedia has some notes!!
For the technical bit. It is made up of one knot (and yes it took me hour to learn it!!!) It is called double stitch. It is worked in groups over a single thread and pulled up into rings and chains and these are joined into larger groups to make motifs. This might sound like a crazy explanation but it is not easy to explain .You do need someone to show you or get a book with good pictures in. Once you get how to hold the thread you are away. However if you pull and you have not made the knot correctly it is difficult but not impossible to undo and start again.
It is well worth learning how to do it because you can make some lovely things.
If you want to learn more there is a society called the Ring of Tatters they have a website. I think it is time to get excited about this old craft again.
There are not many books about tatting and some of the things I have seen are a bit twee for me. I must remember this was a popular craft in Victorian times! You can make beautiful jewellery with it and I think it is now time to go with modern ideas with an old craft and reinvent the wheel or the ring.
Check out doit101.com for a good how to!