Tuesday, 14 January 2014

A little bit of crochet homework and a walk

I'm not doing anything new today on the quilting front so I thought I would post a few photos of my nearest small town, Penarth, in South Wales. We are lucky enough to have a fantastic pier with an Art Deco pavilion which has recently been restored thanks to the efforts of many local people.
The pier was built in 1895 to improve communications with Cardiff and originally had a regular ferry service.
The Pavilion building was designed in 1929. The back of the building is reminiscent of an ocean liner but there are also classical influences too. It has had many uses over the years including concert hall, snooker hall and dance hall but it fell into disrepair.
The building has now been transformed into a modern exhibition space, cinema and cafe. It was opened again to the public in late 2013 and is run by Penarth Arts and Crafts Limited.

Penarth Pier on a cold January morning

Rear of Pavilion building with cafe

Mosaic floor in the entrance hall

This mosaic was designed by David Pritchard

A detail in the mosaic showing Penarth's shipping heritage with poetry from Gillian Clarke,  National Poet of Wales 

Original plasterwork has been retained in the entrance hall

an artwork in the exhibition hall

I'm off to my crochet class tonight with my home work complete. Its meant to be sewn into a corsage but I'm taking it to class like this to have my stitches checked. I feel like I'm eight years old again!

Happy Quilting,



  1. I went to see an Art exhibition in Penarth a while back and had such a lovely day - must do it again. Your crochet homework looks great, really neat - sure you'll get top marks! I have so much more to learn, but I'm loving crochet - always pop a hook and a ball of wool in my bag just in case I get a minute :)

  2. Hi Tracey, it's getting a bit addictive. We made something called a "bal pousse" in class- a sort of small round bag to hold a ball of wool. Calon Yarns is running a freeform crochet workshop on Saturday and I think my attempt would have been good for that! I sat down last night and made a second one which was much better. Thanks for the comment. it feels really weird posting into the ether so it is great to make human contact!

  3. ooh haven't been to Penarth for ages. Must plan another visit soon

  4. Such a beautiful looking pier and splendid that its been restored to former glory too!

    1. Thanks for popping in to my blog today. I really admire all you have achieved.


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