Traditional crafts leaflets
Cabin Crochet is published by WMS (formerly BMS) and contains clear, easy to follow instructions for making your own lace edging, using the pattern for lace from narrowboat Friendship, and charts for five more similar designs.
The Joan Turpin Collection A new collection of patterns for all crocheters. 13 easy and advanced patterns, ticket drawer pieces to curtain tiebacks, all charted as blocks and spaces on a grid and also as the popular symbols. Joan taught herself to crochet and learnt to work patterns from charts and to chart her own designs, many of which were copied from photographs of narrow boat back cabins. Joan demonstrated her craft regularly at the Museum and was particularly proud and delighted when she was told by ex-working boaters that her work was just like the crochet in their cabins. Much of her work was used in the boats at the Museum.
Boatwoman’s Bonnet is published by the society and contains clear, easy to follow instructions for making your own bonnet pattern and bonnet
Boatman’s Spiderweb Belt is published by the society and contains clear, easy to follow instructions for making your own embroidered belt.
The story of the Friendship panel – full colour book giving the background to the project and details of how it was worked.
Crochet leaflets @ £1.00 each
Sue’s Spider Web – a porthole cover by Sue Constable
Sea Shells and Bells – a pattern written down by Sarah Chanin and dedicated to Mel and Ivor on their wedding
Susan – a pattern worked by Susan Ward, Rose Whitlock’s mother and written down by Sarah Chanin
Rose and Laura – a pattern written down by Sarah Chanin and dedicated to boatwomen Rose Whitlock and Laura Carter who spent their working lives carrying for Barlows and later for Blue Line.
Mail order prices are:
Cabin Crochet £4 (includes P&P)
The Joan Turpin Collection £8 (includes P&P)
Boatwoman’s Bonnet £6 per copy (including P&P)
Boatman’s Spiderweb Belt £8 (including P&P) To order, please ring the museum on 0151 355 5017 (opening hours currently Saturday to Wednesday inclusive 10am to 4pm) making payment by debit/credit card or send your written request and cheque, made payable to “Canal & River Trust” to National Waterways Museum, Waterways Journal, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW