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Half Sick of Stitching: Knit the City take over Tate Britain

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Deadly Knitshade, London, Permission to Yarnstorm, The Fastener, UK, Workshops, Yarnstorms | 2 comments

Half Sick of Stitching: Knit the City take over Tate Britain

On London’s lazy river lies an art museum known worldwide, That houses art of many kinds Including Waterhouse’s pride The Lady of Shalott.   To Tate the sneaky stitchers lope, Taking a single knitted rope, To weave it into what they hope, Shows traces of Shalott. Inside the quiet gallery, They tame the cord for all to see, And turn it into poetry, Pinched from the fair Shalott. And up and down the people go, While there a woolly lily grows, With soft blue water down below, Its roots grown from Shalott. Four fibrous woolly handmade towers, Conjured up by knitting powers, To show the place that once embower’d, The Lady of Shalott.   And from the painting’s world there came A candelabra all aflame To light the yarnstorm in the name Of the missing Shallot. And at the head a mighty steed From the tangled cord was freed To give then noble knight god speed, Twas brave Sir Lancelot! The knight’s gloved hand emerged there too Clutching a bugle which he blew, Part of the growing woolly view Of pieces of Shalott. And last their golden craftwork writes “But in her web she still delights To weave the mirror’s magic sights…” And there it shone beneath Tate’s lights To tell tales of Shallot.   And when the yarnstorm all was done They beckoned passers by to join In weaving magic of their own To celebrate Shallot.     When all was made and ends were tied  They put their miles of cord aside And left the web to go outside “I’m half sick of stitching,” sighed The Stitchers of Shalott. And folks that wandered in their wake Marvelled at the yarnstormed make And said “I hope they got some cake Those Stitchers of Shallot.”       Half Sick of Stitching was yarnstormed by Knit the City’s Deadly Knitshade and The Fastener, with lovely lilypads conjured and countless lengths of cord churned out by Shorna the Dead, and more crafty cord conjured by Lady Loop. The yarnstorm was part of  Tate Loud, an interactive art event by Punchdrunk at London’s Tate Britain on September 22nd 2012. All artworks were inspired by the Lady of Shalott: an 1888 oil-on-canvas painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse. The painting was absent from the museum and our pieces were the traces it left behind. Every single piece of the Half Sick of Stitching yarnstorm is made from handmade knitted cord. Cool, no? We’d like to thank every one who dropped in to our free workshop and handmade bits of our woolly spider web, and the lovely Stitch Sages from Stitch London who helped pass on the stitching skills. Apologies to Alfred Lord Tennyson for turning his poem woolly. Read the full Lady of Shalott poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson over...

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Free workshop: Half Sick of Stitching at Tate Loud

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Deadly Knitshade, Events, London, Permission to Yarnstorm, The Fastener, Workshops, Yarnstorms | Comments Off on Free workshop: Half Sick of Stitching at Tate Loud

Free workshop: Half Sick of Stitching at Tate Loud

Join Knit the City for our latest ‘Permission to Yarnstorm’ installation ‘Half Sick of Stitching’ at Tate Britain. For one day only we join the Punchdrunk Enrichment and a gaggle of amazing artists for the Tate Loud event on September 22nd from 12-5pm.

Free Weave a Woolly Web Workshop with Deadly Knitshade all day too. Exciting!

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Yarnstorm Boot Camp bumped to October

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Events, Workshops | Comments Off on Yarnstorm Boot Camp bumped to October

Yarnstorm Boot Camp bumped to October

Fancy joining Knit the City at the UK’s first ever yarstorming boot camp? Due to trouble involving radioactive sheep and an infestation of yarn zombies, KTC’s Yarnstorm Boot Camp has been moved to 19-21 October 2012. Woo hoo!

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