Last night I went to a fantastic workshop organised by the lovely Janey Moffatt Laloe of Craftimation Factory. A couple of weekends ago there was a beach combing session on a Saturday morning which I couldn't make, due to my Mum having a significant birthday. So one evening recently while the Hippy and the boys were  throwing stones at the waves and playing hide and seek amongst the fishing boats I went on my own beach combing session. I found lots of bits of old tangled nylon fishing net and a few bits of rusty old twisted wire.
Which then became this.

It was great seeing what every one else made with their bits of flotsam and jetsam.

The workshop was part of a series of evenings and Saturday mornings that have occurred over the last couple of months as part of "Follow the Herring". A travelling arts festival following the run of the herring down the East coast this summer. It comes to Hastings at the end of the month with a knitted boat and performances based on the tales of the women who followed the fishermen along the coast to help land and pack the catches.
Hastings contribution to this festival is a knitted fish and chip shop. 
My self and a band of trusty yarn lovers are making a yarn rock pool to be on display at the same time. Is this the resurrection of the Ninja Knitters? I don't know, we shall see.
This Saturday is the last of the events in the build up to the festival in which yours truly is leading a band of knitwear fanatics in a session of what I have decided to call extreme quilting.
We will be deconstructing various knitted garments and reconstructing them to look like a giant wave crashing over the benches at the Stade Open space on the seafront.
So if you fancy a jaunt to the sea side with some mad stitching thrown in do come and join us! All the details can be found here.
Love Nora xxx


  1. Ooh! I love it, sounds like a great workshop! And I can't wait to see your pool!

  2. I LOVE all your pieces! What a wonderful project to work on!

  3. I love finding things on the beach. Your post reminded me of an article that I read a while ago. I can't find it (blast) but here is the site of the people that it is about. xxxx

  4. Lovely idea, Nora, I am keen to see what will follow here. Your art is inspirational.

  5. Look forward to seeing the finished project! M x

  6. How lovely these are ... and how I wish I lived close to you and could join in all that mad deconstructing and knitting. What fun that would be!


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