The Discomfort Blanket

Yesterday our Knittaz With Attitude met to discuss and plan projects for later in the year.

Geared up from the amazing response to We’re Sew Done, we talked about how the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March 2022 and decided that we should take this opportunity to send a message that highlights how the decisions of the current government have affected Blackpool people.

We decided that we would like to create a quilt to be displayed during the Conservative Party conference at the Winter Gardens on 18-19 March 2022.

We’re asking you to create a textile square that illustrates the ways that we’ve all been affected by the actions and inaction of the current government.

Making Details

The idea is to make a quilt which encapsulates all of our feelings and issues relating to the current government.Squares can contain text, patterns or images. The content is up to you, however we will start a thread (in the Facebook and Whatsapp groups) where you can list your general messages so that we have an idea of what everyone is doing.

  • Total size 200cm x 200cm
  • 3 rows of squares measuring 40cm x 40cm
  • 4 rows of squares measuring 20cm x 20cm
  • There will be 55 squares in total

We will be able to provide fabric and haberdashery. Feel free to use your own if you prefer. 

  • Blu and Catherine will start divvying up materials at Charabanc very soon.
  • We will create a quick form so that you can request your preferred square size(s)

Want to take part?

We’ve had to close the sign-up survey now as we’re getting very close to our deadline. Please keep an eye on our website/socials for future call outs. <3

Background reading

Craftivism

On Blackpool

Photo credit: The Craftivist Collective

KWA November session

Book your spot now for the next Knittaz With Attitude sesh, which will take place on Monday 1 November 2021 at the Upside Down on Edward St.

Join us for a relaxed session at Upside Down. 

This month we’ll make mini wall hangings. We’ll explore a number of embroidery and tapestry techniques that combine the traditional with the contemporary and play with bold colour palettes, unusual textures and striking shapes. All equipment and materials provided. 

October’s Session

Come and check out our new host venue and help us to plan projects for 2021. 
Got some ideas? Well bring them along! 

Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 1 November 2021

Knittaz With Attitude: 1 November 2021

£2.00 – £3.50

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Stitch Play Create: drop-in textile workshop

Join Aunty Social’s Knittaz With Attitude and make your own mini wall hanging.

Inspired by the current exhibition, we’ll explore a number of embroidery and tapestry techniques that combine the traditional with the contemporary and play with bold colour palettes, unusual textures and striking shapes.

Free, drop-in workshop (call in any time from 2pm)
All equipment and materials provided

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EXHIBITION INFO

The Vanity of Small Differences
Grayson Perry
28/09/2018 — 15/12/2018

After four years touring the world, Blackpool,now gets its opportunity to host this exciting Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, and as the last venue of an extensive tour, don’t miss this final opportunity to see it in its current form.

This series of six large-scale tapestries by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry sees the artist exploring his fascination with taste and the visual story it tells of our interior lives. Inspired by William Hogarth’s moral tale, A Rake’s Progress (1732–35) the tapestries are composed of characters, incidents and objects Perry encountered while gathering inspiration for the television series, ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’ which first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. Elevating the common place dramas of everyday life, Perry weaves the characters that he meets into a narrative every bit as acute as that in Hogarth’s 18th century paintings.

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, with support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from Alix Partners.