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Tour: Freeform Fun on the Mekong

16 day Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights Tour with Freeform Workshops
6 Nights Siem Reap | 7 Night Mekong River Cruise | 2 Nights Ho Chi Minh City
December 6 – 22, 2016

Once again we will be running a freeformers tour to Asia at the end of the year.  This time we will be visiting Cambodia and Vietnam, starting in Siem Reap on December  6, then cruising down the Mekong River to Ho Chi Minh City.

I hope you’ll be able to join us.

> View my Cambodia & Vietnam photo album from my last trip
> Click here to download the official brochure

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2016 Calendar

See the Calendar for over 25 workshops, craft shows and tours by Prudence in 2016 .

As well as over 10 craft shows throughout Australia and New Zealand, highlights this year include Classes aboard the ‘Celebrity Solstice’ on a 12 night craft cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia and Fiji. All my workshops are fully booked out for this cruise, but I will also be a tutor on another embroidery and craft cruise next year – from Sydney to Singapore in April 2017. More details at http://www.needleworktours.com.au

I am also looking forward to presenting two full day workshops for the Warwick Art Gallery, to coincide with opening week of Jumpers & Jazz festival in July, which will coincide with an exhibition featuring the  ’50 Years of Flower Power’ collaborative freeform crochet artwork, at the Warwick Art Gallery, 59 Albion Street, Warwick, Qld, Australia.

And in September, a two x 2-day workshops at the lovely Misty Mountain Getaway in Dorrigo, NSW.

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50 years of flower power – a freeform crochet and knit artwork

In 2015, Freeform crochet or knit contributions were sought worldwide, for a collaborative artwork to be exhibited at Fibrefest, June 17-21, 2015, in conjunction with the Craft & Quilt Fair at Glebe Island, Sydney, Australia.

The artwork was made to commemorate 50 years since the term ‘Flower Power’ was first coined in Berkeley, California, and used as a passive resistance slogan for non-violent protest against the Vietnam War. By the ‘summer of love’ a few years later, the movement had spread; the term ‘flower child’ was synonymous with ‘hippie’, and a counterculture had sprung up embracing psychedelic music and art. This art style is often recognizable from its simple, graphic, brightly coloured, poster-like designs; and as many flower children sought a return to basics and simple living, crafts had a resurgence, and a distinctive style of no-rules crochet sprang up as a small part of the hippie, grass roots ethos.

In the end, we had just over 200 contributors from more than 20 different countries. The finished piece measures approximately 10m x 1.5m (that’s about 33ft x 5ft, and it weighs about 17kg (over 37lbs)…that’s a heck of a lot of yarn!!

The work travelled around Australia and was on display at many of the Craft & Quilt fairs in 2015. In July 2016, to coincide with the Jumpers and Jazz festival, it will feature in an exhibition at the Warwick Art Gallery, Queensland.

> Visit the 50 years of Flower Power project blog to learn more about the construction and creative process

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New eBooks available online

Since Prudence’s Freeform: Serendipitous Design Techniques for Knitting & Crochet book is out of print and the Never Too Many Handbags book is almost out of print, they are now available for download as PDF ebooks.

These tutorials and books are available as downloadable PDF’s, for you to read on your computer, iPad or Android tablet, or to print out. Once you order and pay for the PDF via PayPal, you will be instantly redirected to the download site and sent an email with instructions for downloading the file.