So the Danes may have clinched the word ‘Hygge’, which has recently caused a storm in the way we British like to chill out, entertain and hunker down in the cooler months. Apparently, there is no direct English translation for the word ‘Hygge’, which leaves us feeling a little bereft, slightly inadequate even, particularly as we are so proud of our language. But did you know that the Welsh also have a word, along the same lines as ‘Hygge’, which there is no exact translation for. That word is ‘Cwtch’ and it is such a lovely word, with delightful connotations. I came across this word about 20 years ago when my son was two years old. His grandmother from South Wales (affectionately known as Mrs Pepper Pot because she is so tiny) used to invite him to ‘cwtch up’ alongside her on the sofa. Here is how the University of South Wales describes it:
What is a 'cwtch'? | University of South Wales
a cuddle or hug.' However, this definition isn't conclusive, because the wonderful thing about the Welsh word, 'cwtch', is that there's no literal English translation. There are plenty of similar words, such as 'cuddle', 'snuggle' and 'hug', but none share quite the same affectionate sentiment as a 'cwtch'.12 Dec 2014. www.southwales.ac.uk/story/926/
To me, Autumn is all about gathering in, whether we are gathering fruits and foods, or simply armfuls of family and friends. It’s the time of year when we want our loved ones around us, well fed and well warmed, safe inside as the winds blow wild against the window panes and wet rains streak across steely skies and piles of golden leaves form drifts outside the door. Days are spent in woollens and wellington boots and the longer, darker evenings provide the chance for more conversation, more reading, more dreaming and planning.
So, what better time of year than now, to get cosy on a sofa with a good book, a cup of something warming and enjoy a ‘cwtch' up under a soft layer of wool !?
(this lovely blanket has been crocheted by hand by Lisa and is for sale in the 'friends and finds' section.)
I have named my new collection of miniature lavender filled cushions ‘Cwtch’. Handmade especially for the three upcoming shows I am exhibiting at, all run by the very lovely ‘Handmade in Britain’ organisation. I will be taking them first to Kew Gardens (next week), and then to Edinburgh, and finally to Chelsea Old Town Hall. Here’s a reminder of the dates:
Handmade at Kew (contemporary craft fair)
Kew Gardens, 12th – 15th October 2017
Handmade Edinburgh (contemporary craft fair)
The Hub, Edinburgh, 27th - 29th October 2017
The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
Chelsea Old Town Hall, 10th-12th November 2017
If you would like to come along, let me know, I have a limited supply of entrance passes and it would be truly lovely to meet you. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
The lavender filled 'Cwtch' cushions (shown above), sitting alongside their bed fellows in my 'sea fret' range of cushions and throws.