Külliki Poole 30. aprillil 2013

Since our February elections the crafty and creative ladies of Kunsti- ja Käsitööring have embraced a new activity which has inspired all of us.


The cute, embroidered, "pihuloomad" which were so admired and bought at Eesti Päevad have led us on a step further. We aim to make a number of larger, cuddly toys which are embroidered lovingly by various persons, each with their own inspiration and expressing their individuality.

The basic patterns will always be illustrative of the warm and recognised designs from the Estonian archival embroideries. When the toy is being finished, all the designs will be unified by a common, harmonious colour and texture. The outcome will be decorative and attractive toys/decorations which will enhance the mood of any room.

We have already embarked on our first Teddy. His background is a deep navy gabardine cloth onto whose tummy will be appliqued and embroidered some Muhu strawberries and field flowers, together with symbols of life and love from other regions. He is going to be very cheerful and smart and will provide a challenge for interested children to recognise what each symbol is and to determine where the design originates from.

Hopefully, by the approach of Christmas, we will have many such lovable cuddles for exhibition and sale. If we follow the example of 2012's Kevad Pidu, where Eesti Selts, the choirs and dancers shared the organisation and the children performed charmingly, then the "pidu" will be a success.

We will also be in attendance at Eesti Maja for "Emadepäev". With the approach of winter, we are reminded of throats that must be attractively be kept warm with either frilly or lacy scarves. With all the new fibres and wools available for scarf-making, there will be a wide variety available. Not to mention the delicate, lacy Haapsalu scarves which are iconic Estonian neck-wear. Other, attractive items for sale are Estonian-themed, hand-embroidered bags, pouches, shopping-totes, ceramics, key-rings with wooden Estonian dolls, children's clothes and burnt wood and leather.

"Emadepäev" will take place on Saturday, 11th May, 2013, starting at 10am.

And how about a day-trip to somewhere different? Just to air the doonas and get a fresh look on life? Anyone interested in handicraft from locals or from remote global villages should visit Leura in the Blue Mountains. The shops are small, individually owned, full of unusual, quirky items, and few have their origin in China.

Leura has a village atmosphere, during the week it is leisurely and polite, with little of the tourist bustle. One can soak up new ideas of craft and be inspired by objects which have been hand-made in a far part of the world, or one can fall in love with antique objects which once graced the living areas of previous generations. It is a place well worth visiting.

There are many ways of getting there: intrepid "young-at heart" seniors can meet and travel together by train from the city for a minimal fare. Or, we can organise and hire a small bus which will carry us together in convivial comfort. Either way, it is time we revived our friendships, and made new ones, whilst exploring a different environment and soaked up new ideas. Shall we go in mid- to late autumn when the forest is aflame with colour? Everyone is welcomed to join us. Contact Külliki on or phone 02 9451 3011 and register your preference or interests. Please join us.