COOPER LOCK GALLERY/CAFE. 132 HITHER GREEN LANE, HITHER GREEN, LONDON. SE13 6QA. 07919 192 724
A few weeks afo, my friend & fellow Pins ‘N’ Needles & Funky Fibres member, started a knitting/crochet group @ the lovely Cooper Locke Gallery/Cafe in Hither Green Lane, Hither Green.
Hither Green, is improving for the better, with The Cafe of Good Hope, which was set up in memory of Jimmy Mizen, and the very tempting, Gallery 136 (great furniture), I was excited about Kat’s group & exploring another part of South London.
I was stuck in traffic on the bus, & was hit by the school run, but was pleased to see that the (181) bus stopped just past the gallery/cafe, as I didn’t feel like walking anywhere, because I was already hot n bothered, due to the bus’ heating being on, despite the blazing, hot sun outside!
I was about 30 minutes late, (club starts from 3pm), but was greeted by Kat, who was wearing a vintage scarf on her head, & the lovely owner/manager Carre.
Kat was lengthening a pair of ‘funeral’ trousers, by crocheting rows of treble crochets, with some cotton yarn. What Kat was doing is a good way of up-cycling an existing garment. This saves un-wanted items ending up in land fill, and of course, saving the pennies.
The interior of Cooper Locke is worth a visit. I liked the mix of old/vintage furniture & soft furnishing, which set off the artwork, jewellery & craft, which are available for sale:
The Gallery, also offer a professional, picture framing service .
Of course, another reason for my excitement, was the fab cakes, which are handmade, which is great for me, as i’m dairy intollerant. Carre also offers vegan cakes, made to order.
The dairy free, chocolate muffin with an oozy centre, has REAL cherries, & @ £1.50 each, I had 2! I’ll try out the drinks, next time, or have another muffin – choices, choices!
The work available for sale, is reasonably priced. I was looking forward to seeing Julia Gemie’s pencil drawings, but they were not there, but I did see 2 nice woven wall hangings, but I can’t remember her name – next time.
In the window are some beautiful brass hares, plus in the glass display case, were some gorgeous jewellery, using semi-precious stones, which led me to ask Carre if I could send her some ino/pics of my jewellery, with the possibility of selling them there. Wish me luck.
The gallery/cafe, has a warm, friendly atmosphere, which makes it a place to sit n relax or have a meeting, with good food & drink, whilst listening to Nina Simone amongst the crocheted, table doilys!
I may not make it every week, so go & join Kat, every Wednesday from 3pm, (& try the chocolate muffin)! Just bring your knitting/crochet or craft project with you. Beginners & expereinced crafters will enjoy it, as much as I did. Tell Carre & nKat, I sent you.
So, until the next time. Keep crafting, keep creating.
Peace & Love
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
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