International readers may or may not be aware that it’s a Diamond Jubilee Weekend in the UK right now. Yep, Queenie has been on the throne for 60 years. Celebrations peak today with a pageant down the River Thames, although the weather man predicts rain storms of Biblical proportions. That’s Britain for you!
I am happy to admit to a fair amount of grumpiness surrounding the jubilee. I ventured out onto the streets of London earlier in the week only to be overwhelmed by bunting. Wherever I looked there was a Union Jack fluttering. So much enthusiasm! It just wasn’t cricket, people.
I’ve since got over my Victor Meldrew moment, cured by a visit to my local market: the covered indoor market I blogged about here, rather than the fabric-selling Walthamstow street market I bang on about incessantly.
Anyway, everyone was in high spirits and soon so was I when I spotted this:
Only this week, I’d been sorting through my sewing drawers, muttering, I’m running out of room. So I snapped this up. I’m still forcing myself not to think about the vintage sewing machines I saw for sale further into the market.
Every event needs a man spinning discs.
My favourite moment was meeting Catherine of Significant Seams, a community-focused sewing and knitting social enterprise. Doesn’t she look lovely? And she is! I asked her to tell me a little bit about Significant Seams and I was blown away. They have a lending library of sewing books and patterns for locals:
They have supplies for local crafters to buy, a community quilting programme (including an awesome quilted map of Walthamstow), sponsored courses and some really lovely-sounding sessions for children and their parents. Coming from a children’s books background myself, I was delighted to hear how they had recently made some fun ‘knicker bunting’ in a session based around the new children’s book, The Queen’s Knickers.
Overall, I was really, really impressed with Catherine and her enterprise. I have everything crossed that she receives the grants she’s recently applied for.
I still struggle to believe that this market is right on my doorstep. Like, two minutes away. Yay, Walthamstow! Yay, creating! And Happy Jubilee, ma’am. I’d give a deep curtsey, but I fear poking myself in the eye with a knitting needle.