Monday, May 07, 2007

7 May: Demonstrating

Moving on .....

All my careful preparation for the demonstration on Saturday was not entirely in vain, though the number of visitors to the museum who actually came and watched us spinning, weaving, and knitting industriously was about 8. You can never guess who may turn up - last time we did a demonstration like this, we had dozens of interested visitors, including a coach-load of German tourists.

On arrival at the museum, we were met by a member of staff muttering about somebody who had borrowed the bedouin tent (as you do), and then not returned it to the right place, but just dumped it on the floor in the shop area. Ever mindful of Health and Safety, I stepped very carefully over it on my way to the education room.

Although the general public largely ignored us, it was a good opportunity for us to see each other's projects, and to try out some new things ourselves. One person became very proficient at spindle spinning during the 4 hours we were there.

For part of the time, the gamelan was being played in the lower part of the museum; very soothing. For those of you who don't know, it's a South East Asian percussion band, with drums, bell things, and sort of xylophones. If this elaborate description is inadequate, try googling it; it is spelled correctly, though the spell-check doesn't agree.

Today DH and I went for a walk in the bluebell woods again. Cloudy, but this picture shows how light the new leaves are.

6 comments:

Murph said...

Bloody Nomads!

Nice bluebells though...

I, like the view said...

lovely bluebells - that beautiful haze!

the demo sounds interesting, tho I did think you were talking about May Day riots for a minute!

I went to an evening knitting and weaving demo at the V&S once -great fun!

I, like the view said...

(hiya - photos of leather dying exploits on ILTV now - explanation for how I achieved my attempts in the piece a few posts below)

KAZ said...

The bluebell wood photo is great - even better when you click to big.

A technical point here - sometimes I find my photos do that and sometimes they don't. I don't know why.

stitchwort said...

Got to make the most of the bluebells while they are there!

Demonstrating at the V & A must be really scary, but I shall never find out.

kaz - I didn't know photos could generally be biggified, though I have seen some labelled *click for big version* or similar. Blogger moves in a mysterious way...

Lucy said...

You can't beat a beech wood with bluebells.