YARN TALES – knitting and crochet

Join us on our journey, discover or tell us your own yarn tales – knitting and crochet – from past to future. For updates please click here.

No matter your current skill level in knitting or crochet, come and join us!

Bring your own knitting or crochet projects or start something new, get inspired and inspire others.

Meet new people, tell stories about your crafting journey or listen to others, have nice cuppa …

The locations are wheelchair accessible. The events are free of charge.

Meet the Team

undefined Sylvia Becker – Crochet & Knitting Tutor from Eltham. She runs a small business dedicated to crochet and also hosts two community crochet groups in Eltham.

The Project

‘In the 1940’s – 1970’s the warmth of woollen garments also made them popular for civilians who were faced with a shortage of heating fuel. Knitters were encouraged to unravel old sweaters.’ Victoria and Albert Museum 1940’s pattern collection

‘Unravelling sweaters’ somehow represents how our lives sometimes unravel, just a how we sometimes end up lonely, displaced or isolated by no fault of our own. This project aims to revisit knitting and craft in times gone by as not only essential but a social environment for many women. 

Today many knitting companies have long since gone out of business but in their heyday the patterns reflected the times especially from the 1920’s to 1970’s and are now a history in photography of the times

Our project aims to recreate, readapt  old/vintage patterns using our pattern collection and evoking-memories from the photographs from 1920’s to 1980’s’s to encourage story telling, memories and creativity. Patterns are ephemeral, destroyed or stuck in get back of a cupboard and sourcing old patterns becomes harder. These patterns are a snapshot of the past. The group will seek to encourage members to share ideas, skills and stories evoked from old patterns.

Sharing skills and stories and memories builds Trust – This is the foundation of every good relationship to build on

  • Mutual Respect – When you respect the people who you work with, you value their input and ideas, and they value yours. 
  • Build relationships one at a time. And this is good for community …
  • Be friendly and make a connection. …
  • Ask people questions and learn from eachother. …
  • Tell people about themselves fostering confidence and self worth …
  • Go places and do things. …
  • learning and making together helps us accept people the way they are. …
  • Assume other people want to form relationships, too. …
  • Overcome your fear of rejection.

We believe that by drawing these threads together our clients will experience the exterior warmth of the cloth and the interior warmth of making. 

In such project we also aim to connect the past to the present. Knitting  from yesterday, but introducing where wool-craft can now go and at its limits cutting edge arts knitting.  We will neither patronise or dictate to those who participate in this project but work together as a forum to expand experience and interest from past to present.

This project aims to bring together people who may feel socially isolated and/or lonely.  The project will take place at community sites in deprived areas. The project 

speakers from the community and local historians and artists will be invited into this practical knitting group who will come along from time to time to participate in forum discussion widening ideas and  thoughts.

In discussion with the group we may visit textile spaces such as textile collection at Goldsmiths or the V and A who hold some of the oldest patterns. We envisage group will challenge itself to source global knitting and crochet patterns so we can introduce woolwork featuring minorities and with an international diversity. This will involve outreach to other local and diverse community groups. 

The emphasis will be on a practical and inclusive project where our clients will make and find and share together.

Overall, we believe that our knitting and crochet project will contribute towards the creation of a better narrative about multi-culturalism, refugees and asylum seekers as well as older people and people with disabilities in our community, introducing as it does shared histories and shared ideas due to knitting being globally understood and recognising that each cultural group has unique and new ways of crafting.

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