Zoom meeting April 2021
Our volunteer for the proposed flax spinning demonstration was, unfortunately, indisposed. Ann (our programme secretary) stepped in at the last minute and organised a macramé workshop. We hope to be able to present flax spinning at a later date.
Thank you very much to Ann for patiently taking us through the basics of macramé. Demonstrating from her ‘Studio’ in a spare bedroom, Ann managed to set up her phone so we could see what she was doing with her hands, and also have her laptop going simultaneously so she could see us. We were aiming to make three simple plant pot holders, which took longer than expected because we spent a long time measuring cord and getting to grips with the basic knots. Ann had the working cords looped over a hook hanging from a bunk bed, whereas I looped mine round the knob of a chair. She had already sent out comprehensive notes with clear diagrams of basic knots, and I found it very helpful to have half an eye on the notes and half an eye on Ann’s demonstration. I was particularly pleased with my second plant pot holder which was the perfect size for a sturdy jam jar which I’m going to fill with flowers. It’ll look very pretty hanging up with some bunting (made from my extensive stash of material) for my sister’s 60th birthday celebration in our garden.
Those members not wanting to take part in the macramé workshop carried on with their own projects and had a bit of a chat, so we passed a very pleasant day with a lot of good humoured banter.
Text: Liz Carrington