The Crafty Cocktail meet once a month at The Proverbial Pub on Harborne High Street for a natter over their knitting bags, patchwork, crochet, etc. and a glass of wine as well. What could be better than that? Don't forget too Stitches and Hos knitting group as mentioned in my previous post Stitches and Hos at the Ikon, meet up once a month at The Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath. I am a member of the Solihull Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild who meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Solihull Methodist Church and the Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild meet on the second Monday of each month at Friends Meeting House, Watford Road, Cotteridge. I'm all for this collective creative spirit to promote and celebrate the love of stitch.
Ita McKenna and Shirley Foster who were sharing a stall together to sell an array of things including lovely bags, cushions, cards, jams and some gorgeous pincushions in china cups and saucers. They have both worked really hard and I wish them well in their new venture.
I love to collect brooches so I bought two of their lovely cat brooches who come complete with their own names, pedigrees and and histories. Meet Sapphire and Shadrach.
There were lots of hand-crafted jewellery makers and I bought two beautiful pendants from Pink Butterfly Jewellery. The one is called 'A Good Wife' which really appealed to me as it was made using an image from a Victorian women's magazine so is relevant to my work on feminism. The other contains a piece from an old Birmingham A-Z of Harborne which means a lot to me as I was born and brought up in Harborne.
Gosia Weber's handmade purses and bags so I treated myself to a lovely leather purse and credit card holder too.
Another stall that caught my eye was the work of Madeline Norris who trades as Meeni.
Madeline uses a mixture of embroidery, collage and knitting to create her handmade trinkets and treasures.
Two interesting ladies I got talking to were textile artist Amanda Peach and jewellery designer Helena Moss who were sharing a stall together. I bought a beautiful hand made tote bag off Amanda and a rather unusual brooch made out of a tape measure which again I thought rather appropriate to my own work and it was they who told me about the aforementioned Crafty Cocktail group who meet in Harborne.
Beki's Precious Preserves.
Here are just some of the other Crafty Muthas and Handmadens I chatted to.
http://www.craftcalendar.co.uk/ so instead of lining the pockets of the big high street retailers lets support our local handmadens instead.
Long Live the Handmade!