Hearts and Crafts

The Hearts and Crafts exhibition is open until Saturday 29th June in the Exhibition Space next to the Art Library (above the Central Library next to the Town Hall). and is really worth a look. Perhaps the most interesting idea was from the Wetherby Library knitting group, who decided to knit a David Hockney painting of East Yorkshire – ambitious!

Also in the slide show there are Crossgates Library’s crocheted blanket; the Art Library Craft Group’s Tile Quilt and Rag Rug; Armley Library’s Crochet Blanket; Holt Park Library’s Knitted Blanket; Wetherby Library’s Bunting and Quilt (they knitted the bunting for the Jubilee and Olympics in 2012, then made it into a blanket – keep your eye on that Wetherby lot); the Art Library’s Amish Quilt (which was my favourite – dark and moody and very beautiful); and Garforth Library’s ‘Teddies for Tragedies’ and Christmas tree decorations.

The amount and variety of activity going on amazed me. If it interests you to get involved in any of this there are craft workshops at the main Art Gallery – next one on Wednesday 3rd July, 4 p.m. to 7. Call 0113 247 6016 or visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries for more info.

If you live in Cross Gates Library the Spin a Yarn group welcomes all knitting abilities, 1.30 to 2.30 every 2nd and 4th Thursday. In Holt Park you can ‘Knit and Natter’ every Wednesday (6.30 to 7.45) or Friday (10.30 to 11.45). The Seacroft Purls (great name) meet at Seacroft Library from 2-3 p.m. every 3rd Wednesday. Contact the main Art Gallery for any of those. If you’re in Horsforth the Craft Club meets at the library there from 2-3 on the last Tuesday of each month, ring 3781872. There was other stuff but my hand started to hurt writing it all down.

If you haven’t been to the library for a while there’s probably quite a lot there to interest you, apart from all this wild knitting and cool craftwork.. There’s another exhibition running at the moment, which I didn’t have time to check out, including some political cartoons from Eastern Europe. You can book free sessions on the internet on one of the library’s roomful of computers, or buy cheap discarded art books from the little room next to the main desk in the Art Library.. I bought a book of Tracey Emin’s today for £4 with loads of colour plates, for instance.

Get on down the library. It’s cheap or free and there’s lots going on there.


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