It was a great day out. I thought I was just going to look at canal boats, not realising I would also see all the associated canal boat crafts.
There was so much going on. I thought, 'I could really get in to this!'
There's a Waterways Craft Guild where you can learn all the traditional crafts and gain accreditation.
Boat building, painting and sign writing. Decorative and giftware painting. Costume, crochet, cabin lace and rag-rug making. Ropework and fender making.
It was a Sunday and, in the museum, these volunteers were demonstrating their various skills.
There was a lady working on a peg loom making blankets.
You needed a steady hand for the painting.
Her design came from this picture below of the Atlas mountains in Morocco.
I was really interested in this as my research & design work for City & Guilds was all based on Morocco.
I think it's a photo taken from space.
The 'Spider's Web' is the traditional stitch used for the Boatman's belt shown below.
There was also lovely patchwork and these pieces in the tins were cut from old clothing.
The right side of the quilt.
Knot tying for beginners.