Weaving Stories through Craft – Helen (Part 1)

My name is Helen and this is my story. I was born in Scotland a long time ago… 73 years to be exact.   In primary school when we reached grade 5 we were taught to knit mittens.  We did this on four double pointed needles and had to place and knit a thumb.   Because we were so slow at school, we were allowed to take them home for the weekend to get a wriggle on.   I must admit my Granny helped me a lot with this.   In grade 6 we graduated to socks.   Once again 4 double pointed needles but this time we learned to turn the heel, very important and when we finally knitted the sole of the sock Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Yvonne

Since I have started my business, Originals Lab.  I have met some heart warming people and as a result have swapped many hand made items with fellow crafters. I made a pair of earrings for my friend Sharon and she insisted on paying me and I refused.  Little did I know was that Sharon was planning on surprising me with something even more special. While we were at swimming with the kids each week, I noticed that Sharon would bring in her knitting needles and was knitting with this amazing wool from Hedgehog Fibres.  It was this stunning hand spun and dyed wool with flecks of fluro pink, fluro yellow and blue.  I have never seen anything so unique. A Read More

Weaving Stories through Craft – Marnie

My first night out of hospital (after 6 weeks of being treated for depression and anxiety) I painted the first watercolour painting called “If I could only fly” in a series called #cantfly. The series of paintings was inspired by my time in hospital and the challenges (enormous ones!) I faced after discharge.  I felt extremely vulnerable and stripped bare after being in hospital for so long, and this piece came out of my feelings and fears that – even with wings – I might never fly again.  The piece shows a girl on tiptoes, leaning forward and up with her arms stretched behind her… like she’s trying to fly. The series has people in all the butterflies, in different Read More