|Some of the stalls (courtesy of Vintageretreatnorthampton.co.uk)|
After a few Facebook messages with them I had a meeting at the weekend and agreed that I would run some knitting and crochet workshop sessions in part of the tea room, beginning with a Granny Square workshop in the morning of Saturday 26th October. Details will follow once we've ironed them all out but needless to say I'm really excited about this new venue for workshops, we came up with lots of ideas within just a few minutes of meeting! As with all the venues I've approached it has the perfect atmosphere in which to inspire creativity. I decided that Granny squares would be a great topic to kick off with because they can be as simple or as complex as you decide, thereby suiting both beginners, rusty once-crocheters and old-hands. I've recently become a little obsessed with them as I attempt to create a blanket for our new house.
|The Vintage Retreat tearoom (courtesy of Vintageretreatnorthampton.co.uk)|
We take such books and the similar 1940s and 50s public information broadcasts completely tongue in cheek now, but it made me wonder who once owned these books and whether they used them as serious items of reference, I kind of think they must have. Here are just of few of the many quaintly amusing pages. I'll have to get Mr P practicing his balancing skills for our next soiree and don't get me started on the fun to be had with human croquet! As for the one in the middle, I've no idea how it fits into The Practical Way to Keep Fit but I just love the lady's volumous dress - no wonder she's on the floor, there isn't a chair big enough for her.
Thankfully I had room to fit all my purchases in the car, unlike one family who left just before me with their newly acquired record player. They left the shop minus Mum who had to walk home - putting the kids in the boot was considered but they're can be so picky about their human-rights these days (it would have been a whole other story circa 1930).
More details on my workshop at The Vintage Retreat coming soon.