Celebrating 20 years of creativity!

 

2018 is a very important year for us here at ERGANI weaving workshop: we are celebrating 20 years! It is really amazing how fast time has gone by. And how much we have done over the years …  We bought our first loom, we started with Vangelis to prepare the space that housed the first workshop, our 5 children grew up there, we moved onto a bigger space, we made seminars, collaborations, we had and still have a lot of support from friends and our families, ideas were born, new projects are coming.  We would like to share with you all of that. That’s why every month there will be a special tribute on the blog to all those who made the 20 years so much fun.

Join us in celebrating the ERGANI workshop’s anniversary throughout the year: Follow us on Facebook and on Instagram to find out more about giveaways, craft parties, special discounts and much more!

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Το 2018 είναι μια πολύ σημαντική χρονιά για εμάς, εδώ στο εργαστήριο ΕΡΓΑΝΗ: γιορτάζουμε τα 20 μας χρόνια! Είναι πραγματικά απίστευτο πόσο γρήγορα πέρασε ο καιρός. Και πόσα έχουν γίνει όλα αυτά τα χρόνια… Πότε αγοράσαμε τον πρώτο μας αργαλειό, πώς ξεκινήσαμε με το Βαγγέλη να φτιάχνουμε το χώρο που στέγασε το πρώτο μας εργαστήριο, πώς μεγάλωσαν τα 5 παιδιά μας εκεί, το μεγάλο βήμα που κάναμε αλλάζοντας χώρο, τα σεμινάρια, τις συνεργασίες που έχουν ξεκινήσει, την στήριξη από τους φίλους και τις οικογένειές μας, τις ιδέες που έχουν γεννηθεί, όλα αυτά θα θέλαμε να μοιραστούμε μαζί σας . Γι αυτό και κάθε μήνα θα υπάρχει κι ένα ξεχωριστό αφιέρωμα σε όλα αυτά που έγιναν τα 20 αυτά χρόνια.

Τα γενέθλια όμως έχουν και δώρα και party: ετοιμάζουμε μια σειρά από εκπλήξεις για να πούμε ένα μεγάλο ευχαριστώ σε όλους εσάς που μας στηρίζετε τα χρόνια αυτά. Ακολουθήστε μας στο facebook και στο Instagram για να μάθετε περισσότερα.

Christmas preparations

 

felt christmas ornamentsWe started our Christmas preparations earlier this year because we have so many new ideas.
Thanks to Anouck our shop window was ready last Friday and we got positive feedback.

christmas window displayMaking a new window display is a team effort and we all have fun doing it.
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This video prepared by Vangelis showcases the team spirit and the joy of creativity.

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We are also very excited, because at the last weekend before Christmas we will be participating at Bobos Christmas Market, in Athens.

Follow ERGANI weaving workshop on Facebook and on Instagram to find out more.

We still have a lot of hard work ahead of us!!!

 

 

 

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.

 

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?

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more progress

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.