Monday, 18 June 2012

Festive Flowers update


There is still plenty of time to knit or crochet some flowers for the Pittenweem Arts Festival Knitting project!

There is lots of inspiration here.

And here is a wee reminder about what the project is all about...

In previous years knitters from Pittenweem and wider a field have contributed knitted items to a exhibition displayed in Pittenweem Church Hall. The items are sold in aid of charities. Previous themes have been fish, tea cosies and hats. This is a hugely successful and growing 'event'.

Anne-Marijke Querido, the project guru and co-ordinator, says "This year Pittenweem Arts Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary. This requires something festive. If there is something to celebrate the Dutch use the expression: ‘Say it with flowers’.This gave me the idea of knitted flowers, made into corsages or buttonholes. People who buy these and wear them straight away look very festive! This celebratory look hopefully encourages other people to buy and wear flowers too. The advantage is that the objects are small, so don’t take long to knit and odds and ends (stash) can be used, so no costly outlay. We could sell them for a few pounds depending on how elaborate they are. We would however need lots of them to have the desired effect. As finances are generally depressed, people may not feel like spending a big sum of money in one go, but a few pounds for a festive corsage may be just the amount they are prepared to spend on a souvenir from the festival. I hope the idea will appeal to you."

We have free patterns in the shop, why not pop in and check them out and be part of this annual event!

There are lots of patterns and tutorials on the internet too:-

Attic 24 has several gorgeous crochet flower tutorials... with clear photos and instructions. You can see them here and here.

And there is a knitted flower recipe here.

This year the Festival is on from 28th July to 5th August.