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Published on May 5th, 2016 | by Csilla

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Event Review: GrandFest launch party

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Last Wednesday we had the amazing opportunity to attend the GrandFest launch party at the gorgeous Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch, London. The GrandFest is a mini festival proudly presented by Royal Voluntary Service to celebrate talented makers from older generations and to allow them to teach their heritage skills to the younger generation. It will be held on Sunday 5th June in Spitalfields, London. To find out more click >> here!

This is the second year of the GrandFest and the launch party was a great opportunity for some of the GrandMakers to reconnect from last year, welcome some new faces and – a highlight – meet the Duchess of Cornwall!

duchessarrivingThe Duchess is arriving at the Geffrye Museum

Twelve GrandMakers (all over 70 years of age) will be sharing their priceless knowledge at a number of workshops at the GrandFest, which you can sign up to online to secure your spot. The workshops include knitting, crochet, felting, spinning, bread making, basket weaving, jewellery making, spinning, wood turning and preserve making. Click for an overview of the workshops!

We had a fantastic time meeting some of the lovely GrandMakers at the launch party…

sandra

We met Sandra, who is an avid knitter and is excited to run two workshops at the GrandFest. All skill levels are welcome! She showed us her amazing colourwork heirloom blanket that she knitted for her granddaughter and has already been handed down to her little sisters. She was already a volunteer with the Royal Voluntary Service and enjoyed the GrandFest so much last year that she is excited to take part again in 2016.

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celia

Another fantastic GrandMaker we met was Celia, who is going to be running the crochet workshops. We were mesmerised by her delicate crochet work and the lovely baby cardigan she is working on at the moment. She showed us the perfect technique to hold your crochet hook to be able to work just as fast and flawlessly as she does!
Celia learned to crochet from her mother and has been hooked on crochet ever since – that’s a lifetime of experience.

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Some of the lovely GrandMakers you can meet at the GrandFest in June

Please check back for our exclusive interviews with Sandra and Celia and find out how they started crafting, how they got involved in the Royal Voluntary Service and why they are excited to be part of the GrandFest again this year.

If all this sounds rather exciting to you, the GrandFest will be a treat! Make sure to book your tickets in advance and have a wonderful time!

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adores soft and snuggly accessories and thinks there is no better way than making them yourself. She loves knitting, yoga and picnics in the park.


Last updated: May 5th, 2016.

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