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.

custom made evil eye pillows IMG_2290 work in progress, handwoven wall hanging evil eye cat and fish

 

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.

custom made frame

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.

Gargalianoi project eco weaving seminar at Gargalianoi project

Polilimnio, Messini Ancient Messini IMG_2007

 

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.

happy costomers with handwoven animals

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.

doll making seminar

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.

live bio rooms

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.

work in progress

  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.

Εγκαίνια και ευχαριστίες…

Πέρασε μια εβδομάδα και ακόμα εδώ, στο εργαστήριο ΕΡΓΑΝΗ, ζούμε στον απόηχο της γιορτής.
Την προηγούμενη Κυριακή, μαζί με γνωστούς και φίλους γιορτάσαμε τους πρώτους μήνες του εργαστηρίου στον καινούριο του χώρο.

Η ανταπόκριση στο κάλεσμά μας ξεπέρασε κάθε προσδοκία.

Μεγάλη και ενδιαφέρουσα ήταν επίσης η συμμετοχή στην πρόκληση δημιουργίας » φτιάξε το δικό σου cupcake».



Όλα αυτά δεν θα μπορούσαν να πραγματοποιηθούν χωρίς την μεγάλη συνδρομή και βοήθεια όλων εσάς που μας στηρίξατε, μας εμπνεύσατε και μας βοηθήσατε.

Η Μαρία με την Άντζελα, που σκέφτηκαν το θέμα, έφτιαξαν τη διακόσμηση και βοήθησαν στο στήσιμο και σε όλα τα πρακτικά.

Η Μαρία, η Άννα, η Ελευθερία και η Ιωάννα που κέντησαν τα κουκλάκια.
Η Ειρήνη, η Ράνια και η Ελπίδα που ήταν οι καλύτερες πωλήτριες.

ο Γιώργος που μας πρόσφερε τα καταπληκτικά του εδέσματα.

Η Μαρία, που δημιούργησε την ΕΡΓΑΝΗ, τη μασκότ του εργαστηρίου μας, η Νότα και η Χρύσα, που  κατάφεραν να ολοκληρώσουν μέσα στις ημερομηνίες αυτά που ανέλαβαν.
Ο Νίκος και Σπύρος και ο Νεκτάριος που στήριξαν όλες τις πρακτικές μας ανάγκες…

… και φυσικά όλους όσους παραβρέθηκαν, μας ενθάρρυναν και μας ευχήθηκαν για την καινούρια αρχή.

ΣΑΣ ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΟΥΜΕ ΠΟΛΥ-ΠΟΛΥ!!!

Περισσότερες φωτογραφίες από τα εγκαίνια μπορείτε να δείτε εδώ!

My creative space- the happy house is finished!

Here is the happy house pillow case that I blogged about it some months ago.
It is finished and now it is part of the automn decoration of the window at ERGANI workshop.

I like it very much so I decided to weave some more. Here are some photos of the weaving process:

The name of these pillow cases is «who lives in the… (tree, casttle, house, boat, cloud!)»
And you can use your imagination to make a nice story!

Find other creative spaces here!