I went to Woolfest in Cockermouth Cumbria this week. We took Damnvan1 and stayed at a place called Scotgate in Braithwaite. This was so that I could catch the bus at the campsite gate. The plan worked beautifully and I caught the free bus (I like free!) from Cockermouth to the venue which was an out of town animal auction mart.
There was a lot of wool, not a great surprise. There was wool in every style, colour and type.
The animal pens were turned into mini shops or stalls and there was the authentic aroma of animals! There were prize winning sheep on view, looking very bored. There were Lamas looking very snooty.
Most of the spinners, weavers and knitters were local with many individual dyers and commercial enterprises. It was lovely to see and great to talk to the business owners about their products This event s definitely in the diary for next year. I will up date you on my ever growing stash very soon.
Every time I travel I expect to find the “Holy Grail” of fabric, vintage finds or craft treasures. You know what I mean? That serendipitous item that always eludes but the thought of it also encourages the search. Well Italy was no different. I was certain that I would find cheap silk in Como market! Hello? Who on earth ever sells SILK on a market? Ah well I can dream! I thought that I would find that gorgeous bijoux craft emporium selling beautiful yarn! How wrong can you be?
What I did find was inspiration in the architecture, churches and tapestries. The craft work in the actual buildings is amazing and wonderful. The history is the very being of the country.
This picture was made famous by the book “The DaVinci Code” as it portrays not twelve disciples but eleven. The twelfth person at The Last Supper is Mary Magdelaine leaning over Christ’s shoulder.
The ceiling of the Duomo (Cathederal) in Bergano is so beautiful. How did the artist manage to actually paint it! This alter is made of solid silver! ( I wouldn’t like to clean it) Have you ever seen such ornately carved pillars as these-and they were outside! This HUGE tapestry was worked in the end of the 16th century by Flemish artists. The tapestries were commissioned to cover and protect painted murals underneath.
I must apologise for the quality of the image of the Last Supper. It had to be just point and shoot.
Perhaps I did find the elusive Holy Grail! Perhaps treasure is what you see when you look carefully!
Here I am sat overlooking Lake Como,Italy. A wonderful location and “very Italy”!
We travelled overland to Dover UK, across the English Channel and through France. Here we overnighted in a lovely hotel. We then continued into Switzerland and on to Italy. Long journey but worth it to get a feel of the countries and arrive in this great location.
Today we travelled all around Lake Como, visiting towns and villages en route. The architecture is wonderful! All the buildings are those Italian faded colours and very shabby chic. we saw Villa Oleandra-Laglio where George Clooney resides. We called for tea but he was out. Shame!
I couldn’t find any charity shops and fabric shops were closed! The high end couture shops were open so we gazed in admiration but didn’t touch. Hey ho! When I win the lottery…..Still I’ve got Como market to look forward to later in the week and Como is the birthplace of silk manufacturing so watch this space! Does anyone know how to sew silk?
Yet again the text got separated and lost from the picture in my last blog. I MUST try harder!
The market that I had visited was Bury, Lancashire. The market is massive but I was hampered by very heavy rain. However, I managed to find some gorgeous yarn to add to my stash but hopefully I will get to knit that sometime soon. Look out for a silver grey Merino wool!
Today I have been working on a fabric bag that I bought in Cornwall.I hope to complete this week as I reallllly need to finish some of my UFOs!
How can anyone (especially me) have so many sewing threads but never ever have the colour I want? I have eight navy blue bobbins and at least ten white/beige! I know that a mid grey thread will blend with many colours when sewing so I guess that I will stock up on that. Some of my bobbins of cotton are really old as they belonged to my Mum and Nanna. Some of them are wooden bobbins and I still use them (even though I’ve never got the right colour!)