shiftWorks at Bruton Museum

The next venue in the shiftWorks line up is Bruton Museum.  The exhibition will be open from Saturday 3 September through to Saturday 29 October and is free to attend.

The Private View will take place on the opening day, from 12-2pm.  This will be an opportunity to ‘meet the makers’ as well as view the exhibition.  You can register your interest in attending on the seam Facebook page.

Shiftworks landscape

The shiftWorks project is a celebration of 50 years of the shift dress by seam textile collective. The collective have received Arts Council funding to showcase their various textile disciplines by using the shift dress as a canvas for their ideas.

Bath Bike Trail

The Tour of Britain cycle race starts next month and Stage 5 will finish in Bath on 8 September. To welcome the Tour to Bath, the #BathBikeTrail has been created with red, white and blue bikes on display around Bath from 18 August.

To encourage people to engage with the #BathBikeTrail and explore new parts of the city, a trail map has been produced which shows where the bikes are and how you can share your pictures on social media (free trail maps are available from the Visitor Information Centre or download it here). The #BathBikeTrail map has a list of bike venues, as well as showing them on the map, so you can tick off the ones you’ve found.

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Crochet tricycle, by Emma Leith

Local artist Emma Leith has created a number of crocheted bikes that make up part of the trail. Emma’s colourful yarn bombed bikes are on display in Stall Street and Milsom Place and I went down today to have a look… you can’t miss the bikes, they’re in Emma’s distinct and unique style!!

Emma’s work is well known in Bath as she is the mastermind behind the Bath in Fashion yarn bomb each year, and runs a regular crochet group on the first Wednesday of each month at Carluccio’s.

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Crochet bike, by Emma Leith

Do have a go at the trail, the bikes are in some interesting venues around Bath and will only be on display for three weeks.  There are also some great prizes on offer from many of the businesses displaying the bikes, usually you just need to share a photo of you with the bike and tag the business in your tweet.

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Detail of crochet bike installation, by Emma Leith

Get involved and show your support by sharing your pictures on social media using the hashtag #BathBikeTrail and follow @love2cycleBath and @emmaleithbox on Twitter.

Shetland Museum Neckwear Competition

Earlier this year the Shetland Textile Museum put out a call for knitters all over the world to submit their designs in a neckwear competition.  From the submitted entries there would be winners, there would be items accessioned into the Museum collection and there would be items sold.  Excited by this idea, I submitted a sculptural collar…

Shetland Museum entry v0.1My design is a small blue collar which fastens at the front, in Jamieson’s Shetland Heather. Versatile and practical, it can be worn with or under a close-fitting jacket, where scarf ends might be too bulky. A combination of short-row shaping and Aran weight yarn creates a sculptural effect while only using garter stitch.

The entries had to be an original design in Shetland wool, and either hand-knitted or hand-framed. Within these guidelines you could submit anything, so long as it could be worn around the neck.

While my entry didn’t win overall, it could still win the public choice award.  If you would like to vote for my sculptural collar, head over to Facebook or Ravelry to cast your vote before 31 July – all you need to do is enter a comment saying you vote for No. 11.

Thank you!