New season

Sadly, summer is coming to an end and we all cannot accept it. Our predictions were right because this season was indeed the best for our workshop. We came up with so many new projects and we really want you to know about them.

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First and foremost we participated second year in a row to Gargalianoi Project. We met our old friends, we started cooperation’s and we learnt new things because we participated on seminars of bookbinding and doll-making. Of course, we visited the surroundings and were enchanted by the beautiful Messinia.

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A new project is Nina’s House. Nina’s house belonged to our beloved grandmother. What we did was renovated the place, rebuilt it and with the help of our favorite interior designer  Anouck Brinkerink made it a cozy and vintage looking little house. The house is filled with handwoven rugs and pillows, made especially for it. We have visitors from all over the world and they all seem to love it as much as we do.

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We made new collaborations with very talented new Greek designers such as My Greekgames, Neanikon, Ploos and   the Wandering workshop.

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Like every year we did again a summer giveaway with the prize being a jellyfish. We had a lot of feedback with much participation.

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And how the new season will be? There is a brand new warp on the loom and many meters to be woven. New ideas are coming and we are very excited to make them true.

 

Summer is here!

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After a nice and interesting winter we can say that summer is finally here and we are already prepared.

The “evil eye” and shades of blue are, once again, a “must” because our customers seem to love them.

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This season though, we are planning to use and create with green shades as we are willing to try something different. We have many new creative ideas and we are really excited to make them and show them to you.

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This season’s concept for our window is cactus, especially the prickly pears, a plant that you can find everywhere here in Greece. We love the color (and the taste) of prickly pears!

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Also, our family went a trip to Athens for a day and we visited the Acropolis and the museum which is a great source for new ideas and we have to admit we can’t wait to transform them into products.

ancient greece handwoven catsWe have a feeling that this summer is going to be the best one yet.  That is why we are so thrilled about Summer 2017 and we can’t hide this feeling.

1 year of stitches- a new family project

 

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First of all I have to confess: I don’t make a stitch every day, I don’t make a photo of my embroidery hoop every day. And probably, during the summertime, when the sun will shine until very late, I will not be able to put a stitch for months. On the other hand I really enjoy the whole project.

a mother- daughter project

a mother- daughter project

But first things first: everything started when I saw this post  on Brown Paper Bag blog, of Sara Barnes and I thought that it would be very interesting for me to go deeper on a craft that I haven’t practice as much. As a kid I used to make all these useless embroideries, mainly in cross stitch, that made me get bored very fast and that’s why I learned knitting so I could knit clothes for me and my dolls. Later on, I started to use embroidery again as a design element to  weaving. In the meantime I admire (and feel a bit jealous) all these amazing embroideries that I find on pinterest and on the blogs that I follow. And I like it so much that this old craft is becoming an artistic expression around the world.

So when I saw this challenge I told to my self: «This is the opportunity to learn new stitches and have fun with thread and needle».On the first of January, I collected all I needed and started. The best time for doing this is in the evening, when I have finished all the tasks of the day and we spend a little time with the family just before we go to sleep. That seemed interesting to Zoe, my fourth daughter and in the beginning she was choosing the stitch of the day and helped me with the photos. Later on she asked for an embroidery hoop of her own. And now both of us sit  next to the stove making stitches, talking and relaxing.That is a moment of happiness, isn’t it?

more progress

more progress

έρχονται Χριστούγεννα! Xmas is coming!

handmade felt balls
handmade felt balls

handmade felt balls

Έρχονται Χριστούγεννα και στο εργαστήριο ΕΡΓΑΝΗ έχουμε στρωθεί στη δουλειά να φτιάξουμε στολίδια, μαξιλάρια, χαλάκια,γούρια αλλά και πολλά δωράκια για τους αγαπημένους μας!
Christmas is coming and we are working very hard, here at ERGANI workshop, to get ready. Handmade ornaments, pillows, rugs, lucky charms and many many gifts for everyone we love!

this summer

Summer 2016 was a difficult season for our family. But it was also really interesting and full of creative ideas.

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We summed up our favorite things so you can see them too.

Favorite shape:

The Evil Eye was a trend and we made all kind of things with it. From cushions and covers for stools to earrings and necklaces.

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Favorite color:

All shades of blue.  We also used a lot of sparkling yarn in those colors.

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Custom orders:

We did a lot of orders this summer, mostly personalized gifts. Some of our favorites are frames for a wedding anniversary and  for a baptism and handwoven cushions with names.

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pilows fot twins

custom made frame for wedding anniversary

custom made pillow

Favorite Event:

We participated to Gargalianoi Project  among with other handcrafters. In the same time we had the opportunity to travel around the beautiful Messinia, to visit antiquities and to relax on amazing beaches.

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We want to thank all of you for your love, support, inspiration and the positive feedback that we received throughout this summer. We met again our old costumers and we made many new.

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happy costumer with handwoven cat

This is the  moment of two little happy costumers holding their new friends!

 

 

New season is coming…

 

 

The Evil Eye In Ergani Workshop

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The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury.

The idea expressed by the term causes many different cultures to pursue protective measures against it. The concept and its significance vary widely among different cultures, primarily in West Asia.

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It was a widely extended belief among many Mediterranean and Asian tribes and cultures. Charms and decorations with eye-like symbols known as nazars, which are used to repel the evil eye are a common sight across Greece, Turkey, Albania, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco,Southern Italy (Naples), the Levant, and Afghanistan

 

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The evil eye, known as μάτι (mati), «eye», as an apotropaic visual device, is known to have been a fixture in Greece dating back to at least the 6th century BC, when it commonly appeared on drinking vessels.Untill now in Greece, the evil eye is cast away through the process of xematiasma (ξεμάτιασμα), whereby the «healer» silently recites a secret prayer.

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We chose the evil eye symbol for our workshop’s summer window because it is a part of our cultural identity and the colors that we used- white, turquoise and blue- are the true colors of the original Greek summer.

 

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For more information about the evil eye visit Wikipedia.

Doll making seminar with a special request

Last summer Magdalena, the co-owner of Live-Bio, came at the workshop with Cristina, a beautiful young lady from Spain.

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digital and felt iKids logo

Cristina is a founder and teacher at iKidz, which is an academy of English language for kids in Madrid, Spain. She believes children learn better and faster through playing games and having fun. That is how she teaches in her classes. iKidz is not only an academy, it is a family. Children feel comfortable, happy and they are more likely to learn in such environment. Learning English becomes exciting and fun rather than a boring task they have to do.

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live bio rooms

Cristina stayed with Live-Bio in August and September 2015. She came for a “working holiday”. During her stay, she took part in the brainstorming sessions organised by Live-Bio. Through this creative interaction with others some great ideas were born, which she then went to pursue after coming back to Spain.

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  work in progress

work in progress

 

making the iKidz logo

making the iKidz logo

So she came across the idea to make a doll of the logo of iKidz.That’s why she connected with ERGANI weaving wosrkshop and here is the video of the ikidz logo doll seminar.

a poem…

Ἕνας μικρότερος κόσμος

Ἀναζητῶ μίαν ἀκτὴ νὰ μπορέσω νὰ φράξω
μὲ δέντρα ἢ καλάμια ἕνα μέρος
τοῦ ὁρίζοντα. Συμμαζεύοντας τὸ ἄπειρο, νἄχω
τὴν αἴσθηση: ἢ πὼς δὲν ὑπάρχουνε μηχανὲς
ἢ πὼς ὑπάρχουνε πολὺ λίγες· ἢ πὼς δὲν ὑπάρχουν στρατιῶτες
ἢ πὼς ὑπάρχουνε πολὺ λίγοι· ἢ πὼς δὲν ὑπάρχουνε ὅπλα
ἢ πὼς ὑπάρχουνε πολὺ λίγα, στραμμένα κι αὐτὰ πρὸς τὴν ἔξοδο
τῶν δασῶν μὲ τοὺς λύκους· ἢ πὼς δὲν ὑπάρχουνε ἔμποροι
ἢ πὼς ὑπάρχουνε πολὺ λίγοι σε ἀπόκεντρα
σημεῖα τῆς γῆς ὅπου ἀκόμη δὲν ἔγιναν ἁμαξωτοὶ δρόμοι.
Τὸ ἐλπίζει ὁ Θεὸς
πὼς τουλάχιστο μὲς στοὺς λυγμοὺς τῶν ποιητῶν
δὲν θὰ πάψει νὰ ὑπάρχει ποτὲς ὁ παράδεισος.

Νικηφόρος Βρεττάκος

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A smaller world

Nikiforos Vrettakos
A smaller world
(Diary, translated by Rick Μ. Newton)

Ι seek a shore where Ι can fence in
a patch of the horizon with
trees or reeds. Where, gathering infinity,
Ι can have the sense that: there are nο machines
or very few; there are nο soldiers
or very few; there are nο weapons
or very few, and those few aimed at the exit
of the forests with wolves; or that there are nο merchants
or very few at remote
points οn the earth where
paved roads have not yet been laid.
God hopes that
at least in the poets᾿ sobs paradise will never cease to exist.