Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Here Lies One Who Loved Such a Lot but Hated to Weave in Her Ends*

For the one or two of you who may recall my enduring dislike for end-weaving-in, this post shall

drip...



drip...



drip...



with heavy irony.

On Saturday 13th August, the Powerhouse Discovery Centre is hosting an open day, themed The Handmade Revolution. There are fabulous goings-on for those interested in weaving, textiles and, well, making – not least of which involves the visiting UK artist, Shane Waltener...





You can see more of Shane Waltener’s work here (he does breathtaking things with shirring and knicker elastic and whatnot). But if you are lucky enough to live in the same city as the Powerhouse Discovery Centre, you can assist Shane in the making of REAL LIFE ART.

Dubbed the Outdoor Weave In, visitors are able to help Shane complete the work using rope, twine and foraged materials – with trees as weaving looms.

Other activities on offer, include Big Knitting (on three metre knitting needles), making ‘paper lace’, rag rug crafting, a Discovery Trail and inspiration in the form of lectures, short talks and crafty-type demonstrations.

Is this sort of thing right up your alley? If so, I HAVE TEN FAMILY PASSES TO GIVE AWAY and you should let me know quick sticks! It’s first in, best dressed – just make sure I can contact you via your comment.

Along with everyone else who does not live within spitting distance of Sydney, I am, (even given my sordid history with weaving in), stamping-my-feet in tantrummed disappointment. I have decided, that in the spirit of things, I shall spend my Saturday August 13th, stringing up the beleaguered shag pile of a granny blanket between our birch trees – sort of à la Shane Waltener. I shall host my own Outdoor Weave In.



All welcome.


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* Note for my Mr:
Sweetheart, should it be me who falls off the perch before ye, then I really couldn’t think of a more fitting epitaph – unless you can come up with some sort of Spike Milligan brilliance? His I told you I was ill is a pearler.**

** For those who enjoy a useless fact:
Spike Milligan is buried at St Thomas’ Church in East Sussex, but the Chichester Diocese refused to allow his epitaph. As a compromise an Irish translation is engraved on Spike’s headstone.***

*** For those who enjoy a linguistic challenge:
The Irish translation of I told you I was ill is: Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite.****

**** For those who have linguistically given up and would prefer an approximate phonetic translation:
Doort may latt guh rev may bro-tcha. (I’m guessing this didn’t help much?).

35 comments:

Squiggly Rainbow said...

oh wow! Wonderful stuff! I would be delighted, honored, ecstatic and over the moon to be able to go - sounds like heaven on a loom! xx Rach

squigglyrainbow@hotmail.com

Squiggly Rainbow said...

bugger - just realised it is not in Melbourne - so, so, so sad! I may just come to you weaving! xxx lol Rach x

Flaming Nora said...

If only there wasn't so very much sea, land and air between London and Sydney... Very jealous, the day out looks amazing. Good luck with the weaving in.

Ps thought you might like to know our eldest ginger one is called Spike after the ever wonderful Mr Milligan.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Do NOT fall off any more ladders please - you might injure something essential for writing excellent blog posts.

Mum's is threatened to be "is that it? can I go now?" which is what she said upon reaching a swish shop I'd been raving about and she was distinctly underwhelmed by. It has now become family speak.

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

Bitterly disappointed at the vast size of our continent at this point in time! Sadly I'm another Melbournite who won't be able to make it to see Shane's work - love the giant spiderweb.

Good luck with the ends - hope you get help and they disappear in record time.

Jo said...

We would LOVE a pass pretty please Tania! For once we are in the right city! You Melbournites have so many cool things going on all the time that I am often green with envy ;-)

Mary said...

Weaving = good. Weaving in ends = totally different and kinda sucky.

I once read an interview with Spike Milligan where he said that he wanted to be buried in a washing machine to confuse future archeologists.

Saritha said...

I hate weaving in ends too!!All the best with that!!

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Well now you have me thinking about what I want on my headstone....

..a woman who believed emphatically in the restorative qualities of a good cup of tea with a friend.

Happy weaving:-)

PS: as you know I too live to far south of Sydney to go.

Nikki said...

Ummmm... smarty-pants-here (who only knows bits of nearly-useless languages and none of anything vaguely latin or germanic) was nearly completely succesful in the pronunciation of that one.
I love it (...a tricky one to slip into a conversation, though).


Slan go foil (Bye for now)
xx

Tammi said...

Yep, can't say I enjoy weaving in ends either...maybe you'll start a new trend :)
Wrong city unfortunately
x

Jodie said...

well fuckity bugger, I can barely stretch myself to the next suburb let alone Sydney.

I am however intrigued and excited by YOUR event.

Naturally Carol said...

I am fully in support of your 'weaving' however I can not attend due to residing elsewhere in Oz..so will extend my regards and wish you success in your endeavour..(a formal reply to your invitation).

LionessLady said...

Oh, I see what you mean now about leaving the weaving till the end! It's unavoidable though, whatever path we choose. Lets swap - I'll help you, you help me??!!

Kylie said...

O how I love Spike Milligan. I don't think I can even say/write/read his name without grinning :)
Love the tree art and jealous as hell about upcoming festivities. Note to self: I live in the wrong city!
If/when I finally make it to yours, I'm going to find a comfy place and weave in those ends of yours while you make tea and we chat. Deal?
Kx

p.s. love the gaelic translations :)

bec said...

Ha, I moved from Sydney as it was so boring- now they finally have something good haha.
I am VERY happy to come and play and weave ends in- as long as you promise not to crochet anything again hence no end weaving whinging!

teddybearswednesday said...

God I love ya! You are the queen of the PS'.
And bugger about the other thing being in Sydney, but I admit your event sounds just as enticing xo
PS sorry I'm just so distracted by the ps' I'm not focusing , you know how I feel about them

JoeyNomad said...

Hehe... we really do share that deep dislike of weaving in those bastard ends...

Magic Bean said...

Just start a new drip drip drip trend of ends left hanging. Have fun with the knicker elastic weaving. Ax

Trace said...

oh to be back in Sydney! I am planning a trip to melbourne soon, but alas I am sure it will not coincide with your end weaving in, so I shall be there in spirit...

grrl + dog said...

baby steps, baby steps,

you will get there...

Tas said...

Weaving in ends is a mindless exercise designed to be done in front of mindless telly...like (insert US sitcom here)

(No, even weaving in ends couldn't make me watch Charlie Sheen. Make that mindless telly that doesn't involve a US sitcom)

If it makes you feel any better, it is probably up there with the box of receipts and paperwork that has sat under my desk for a year having things shoved in it with wanton abandon buthas tonight been pulled out as it has now become a necessary task to sort. Bor. Ing.

Adelaide is, alas, also more than a stone's throw away to beg an invite.

Shannon said...

You are too far away for me to share in your weaving in sit in. I'll have cup of lemon myrtle tea and think of you tho. x

lamina @ do a bit said...

I know loads of people have commented... but I thought I would give it a bash and enter :) I would love some tickets too!

laminag@hotmail.com

Alisa said...

I don't know how to weave in and I no longer live in Sydney or even near it… just wanted to say hello. :-)
Love the blanket, the drips make it feel a little native.

june at noon said...

I think you just need to start doing crocheted art that is supposed to have loose ends. That will solve the problem. Start a trend of sweaters with loose ends. You can do it!

Melanie said...

Wowee - looks amazing! I'm not only in the right city, but the right side of the city!! If there are any passes left, my fam would love them!

Melanie.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Ooooh, that weaving between the trees is divine! but alas the 55km drive will keep me away.

Sarah said...

Lucky lucky ducks who live in Sydney... make me green with envy...

Fer said...

I second what Ms Ric Rac said. ♥

heather said...

i love you. i don't know what else to say. except i am so bad at getting jokes and i hardly get the epitaph. but i feel like i might. uuuuugh. i am a grump tonight. but i loved this moment here with your words. so all i know to say is i love you.

Astrid said...

Brilliant!*

* This in in reference to the above-mentioned epitaph. I will hence-forth share it with my Mr, who insists he does not want to be buried, but thrown from a boat into a swarm of hungry sharks. Hopefully, he'll prefer to be witty on dry land...

silverpebble said...

Spike Milligan and his epitaph is legend in this household. As is his sketch when he's filmed just as he jumps out of a window. It cuts to a scarecrow-like lumpy dummy flying through the air. It is one of my Mr's favourite pieces of film in the whole world ever.

Sally said...

I am wondering how the weave in went... off to check out posts around Aug 13 now...

M* (Melanie) said...

Is that still the same granny blanket you were doing a year ago?? (She says as though she has joined the squares she started well over a year ago)