My friend and I really enjoyed our recent trip to York. We strolled around The Shambles, a Medieval street lined with shops, restaurants and pubs, whilst all the time dominated by the impressive York Minster.
The Shambles (official name Shambles) is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the Anglo-Saxon Fleshammels (literally ‘flesh-shelves’), the word for the shelves that butchers used to display their meat. As recently as 1872 there were twenty-five butchers’ shops in the street but now there are none.
Our primary task was to search out craft shops in the midst of this ancient city, oh and also Charity shops! We did very well and found some wonderful crafty venues. One of our favourite craft shops was “Ramshambles” http://www.ramshambles.co.uk. It was packed to the rafters with wool, patterns,fabrics,wool,magazines and wool! We replenished our stash and were buzzing with thoughts of new projects.
I particularly liked the crocheted cover on the stool. I might steal this idea one of these days. We staggered back to our hotel after dinner and watched The Great British Sewing Bee. Happy days!
This week a friend and I took ourselves off to York to treasure hunt in the charity shops, search the craft shops, visit York Minster and the Quilt Museum. The highlight for myself was the Quilt Museum. I am so glad that I made the effort as it has long been on my “must do” list and I discovered that it is closing in October. A good job that I didn’t put it off much longer!
Friend had free tickets to the Minster and as I’d been before I took myself off to the Quilt Museum. There were three exhibitions in a gloriously Medieval hall. A real WOW setting.
1) All Shapes and Sizes
A stunning collection of quilts pieced to perfection.
2) Chinese Whispers Challenge
A quilting challenge whereby the first entrant creates a quilt from a photograph, takes a picture of it and passes that onto the next entrant who repeats the process. Interesting take on the parlour game “Chinese Whispers”
3) Voices from The Inside ( my favourite)
An exhibition of creative quilts hand-stitched by prisoners trained by Fine Cell Work.
A great day out but sad the museum is closing. I will tell you more about crafts in York next time!
No time for crafting today as I took my Gorgeous Grand daughter to York for a day out. I even detoured away from craft shops as it was her day. My day will come soon!
York was very Christmassy with lots of street entertainers,decorations and food stalls. Grand daughter thought that York Minster was amazing and how did they build that?
We visited the Jorvick Viking Centre which was very exciting and educational. We boarded a time travelling machine and went back to pre 1066 when the Vikings lived and worked in York. There was a village representation based on an archaeological dig carried out in 1976. You could see the people (well models) hear the chatter and even smell the dung heap! There were 2 human Viking skeletons and 4 holographic Viking ghosts, great fun.
We saw the house where Guy Fawkes was born and Grand daughter was very impressed. I had to take the photo of this curly dog but not sure if its a good or bad hair day. Generally a great (but craft less) day out and bonding day out👭