Norfolk Crafts

Stories from people for whom crafts are a way of life

A Crafting Life (2016)

  I started crafting when I was just over three years old sitting in an air raid shelter probably being a nuisance, so my granny introduced me to knitting with two very thick knitting pins and some very thick wool. By the time I was five I was quite proficient. I could make a dolly’s […]

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Hooked on spinning. The glorious smell of a raw fleece.

Academic and researcher Jenn Monahan always been a crafter and has returned to her first love in recent years, taking commissions and selling at fairs. I’ve always been a maker and a crafter and I chose to do that when I left school in 1984. Dressmaking was my first love at that time so I […]

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Seams and stitches of my life

I was born in 1926, in a village on the borders of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire called Willesley. We moved to Norfolk when I was two and, as my father was a Norfolk man, it was like coming home to him I think. We lived at Great Witchingham and I went to Great Witchingham primary school […]

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The spinning geek

An interest in textiles has become a real passion for Liz who was unable to work for many years due to ill health. She speaks about her enthusiasm for crochet, spinning, weaving and all things yarn-related and how she has been able to turn this passion into her own business. I’ve had an interest in […]

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The Weaver

I went to Watford Technical College and after further education became a civil engineer. For my first job I came up on a supposedly nine months’ contract and eighteen months later was still here. Travelling back to London each week to be with my wife was expensive so we stayed here and I looked around […]

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Would you like a fleece?

Monica Cooke had a varied and interesting career well into her seventies. Retirement didn’t slow her down and Monica became a member of the Spinners and Weavers Guild from the age of 80, and hasn’t looked back since.  A Brief History I was 15 when I left school with no qualifications. The 1948 Education Act […]

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