Report about 20th October 2013 – 30 year celebration of the International Diploma in Crochet
FIRST A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for turning an imminent disaster into a fantastic success. Less than 20 hours before the Platform was to be set up for a joyful celebration, rain fused the electrics and flooded the building because someone had removed the lead from the roof! The building was pronounced unsafe.
Morecambe is a tourist town so all the large venues were in use for weddings and other functions, however the Strathmore Hotel had decided not to take a function that weekend, leaving only a receptionist on duty. The hotel allowed me to relocate and stripped the room to just a shell; the staff at the Platform transported tables, urns and other equipment from one end of the promenade to the other, along with one member of staff to help in moving heavy items.
Friends, colleagues, students, visitors, (and their spouses), all combined to put up this very large exhibition of student's work, competition entries, trading tables, the history of the Diploma's development, etc in a spirit of camaraderie that was truly awesome. Space for a demonstration area, children's area, RNLI raffle corner, and a non-existent stage were all allocated. Claire Montgomerie, editor of Inside Crochet presented the certificates to students who had completed one part of the International Diploma in Crochet and in addition the full Diploma was handed to Unagh McCullough – the first graduate in Northern Ireland so far. The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor June Ashworth presented prizes to the competition winners.
Claire Montgomerie, Helen Jordan and myself (Pauline Turner) were judging the entries of the competition only 2hrs after I had received the news.
|Jeanne Taylor||New Zealand||a wearable art jacket||Crochet Design|
|Unagh McCullough||N. Ireland||a christening robe||King Cole|
|Daniela Pieringer||Austria||three-piece fashion garment||Search Press|
|Laila Lagnemar||Sweden||mixed techniques cotton rainbow curtain||Tailormade/Inside Crochet|
|Wilma Armitage||Scotland||sugar starch basket summer flowers||Thread of Life|
|Sarah Cooper||England||Tunisian floral hairband||Tulip Hooks of Japan|
|Jane Simpson||England||textured cushion||Tulip Hooks of Japan|
|Best in show: Jeanne Taylor|
See Calendar of Events page for more details
Click on the International Diploma page to see what the course is about.