A Cultured and Vintage Weekend

I have just returned from a cultured and vintage weekend in Manchester. Saturday started with a trip to Manchester City Centre and a visit to the Manchester Art Gallery to see the First Cut exhibition – it was incredible and shouldn’t be missed!( http://www.manchestergalleries.org/whats-on/exhibitions/index.php?itemID=92)

Here are snaps of some of the exhibits that particularly caught my attention.
A quilt made from paper!

paper cut quilt1

This is a tree that filled the whole of one wall

tree on wall 11tree on wall1

And, this skeleton that has been made out of paper is amazing.


The main disappointment was that I wouldn’t be there next weekend to participate in a workshop that one of the artists is running!

After such a breathtaking start to Saturday we moved on to Manchester’s Northern Quarter to explore the craft centre at the old Smithfield Market. As well as seeing lots of wonderful crafts we also picked up some ideas to try out ourselves.

Not sure it was such a good idea though as someone seemed to be getting in a bit of a pickle with recycling T shirts. Shame she didn’t have one she made earlier to show off!

Jean recycling t shirts1

Sunday was all things vintage. We started off with a visit to the Vintage Market in Altrincham which was great. Lots of ideas for craft making, unusual gifts to buy and a hearty cup of spiced Indian lentil soup to keep out the extreme cold!!!

After a good browse we went to a Secret Christmas Crafternoon Tea Party – and what a treat that was. It was held in the Linotype building in Altrincham. The afternoon was organised by French Knots Craft Studio (www.frenchknots.co.uk) and Vintage Afternoon Teas (www.vintageafternoonteas.co.uk).

First we crafted


Then we enjoyed a yummy afternoon tea



An inspired weekend itinerary very relaxing and lots of fun! It was great to revisit a well loved haunt – the only scary thing was that I had lived so close to the Linotype building and never knew it was there!

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One Response to A Cultured and Vintage Weekend

  1. French Knots says:

    So glad you enjoyed our Crafternoon, I had a wonderful time too and am already looking forward to the next one!

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