Brackley SEWcial – Fabric Flowers Corsage Workshop!

The Crafty Lass wants to get Brackley SEWcial!

Do you love craft? Do you enjoy (or want to try!) sewing? Fancy meeting local people, or a night with friends? Want to handmake a new accessory?

I am holding a ‘Fabric Flower Corsage Workshop’!

The Green Room, Brackley – Thursday 20th August 6.30-8.30pm.

Tickets are limited and are available for purchase from The Green Room. So book yours now to avoid disappointment! They are £17.50 per person and include a glass of prosecco*!

Any questions, feel free to ask! ūüôā

*Soft drink alternative available.

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The Crafty Lass does… Personalised Wedding Bunting!

Congratulations to our dear friends Matt and Karen who got married recently.¬†🙂

As a wedding gift, I decided to make them some personalised bunting – in the colour scheme of their big day, and also made out of maps with special locations to them!

The maps were ‘old’ – some torn, some with covers missing – so I felt like I was upcycling them into a new, and special item for them to be cherished rather than recycled or worse – just binned.

So, in colours of Navy, Cream and Silver – I set about making some ‘M and K’ letters, silver hearts and a cream rose centerpiece – which now hangs on their mantelpiece at home!

Congrats again – I hope you had a lovely day! 🙂

 

Please click on the photos to browse through the gallery 🙂

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The Crafty Lass does… Children’s Decoupage Workshop!

Let me know if you would like to book a space!

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The Crafty Lass does… Fabric Flower Corsage Workshop Part II!

Fabric Flower Corsage WorkshopTuesday 21st July was the second lovely creative workshop at the John Lewis Partnership – Waitrose Craft Club.

Everyone decided to go for the ‘spiky’ look with the ‘dandelion’ shape… but with lots of different fabric colour choices, ribbons, buttons and trimmings¬†everyone’s turned out all very different and of course all very lovely! One of the attendees was planning to wear to an upcoming wedding as a handmade¬†accessory – tailoring the colours to a planned outfit! Another added it to her lovely tan leather bag as a new bag charm. 🙂

Some had lace, some had long ribbons, some ribbon ‘leaves’, some without – but I think you’ll agree – they all look fabulous!

 

Please click the photos to browse through the gallery. 🙂

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The Crafty Lass does… Fabric Flower Corsage Workshop!

Fabric Flowers

Tuesday 14th July was quite a big day for The Crafty Lass…I held my first ever craft workshop! The¬†John Lewis Partnership Craft Club recently asked whether I would¬†run this on ‘Fabric Flower Corsages’ at the Waitrose Head Office!

 

So, last Tuesday evening – I¬†set off to Bracknell, Berkshire – and I’d like to think, it went very well indeed!

 

“Great class, lovely instruction 🙂 “

Ribbons

Everyone had a choice of whether to make a Carnation, Daisy, Cornflower, Dandelion or Geranium fabric flower (whether the types of fabric flowers actually resemble the real versions, not 100% sure, but it is what I have decided to call them!) Then, they could choose from a rainbow of fabrics, threads, buttons and ribbons. Everything was hand sewn and we went through each stage together. At the end, people seemed very pleased and happy with their handiwork! A very creative and flowery time all round.

 

“I can’t believe I made that!”

 

FabricsWe did have one ‘comedy’ moment… towards the end of the workshop – suddenly (and inexplicably) over the main speakers in the offices – on comes the ‘Hartbeat’ ‘gallery’¬†theme tune…which some of you may remember was with Tony Hart. So, there I was teaching people how to put the corsage together – with this music playing in the background! We couldn’t stop laughing…! However, it was lovely, and we all seemed to start sewing in time to the music…it was only briefly on, but a funny moment!

 

 

The workshop, when originally advertised was such a sell-out success – we are following up with a second workshop next Tuesday 21st July – so wish me luck!

If you, or you know someone that would be interested in holding a The Crafty Lass Fabric Flower Corsage workshop, then please get in touch.

 

“Thankyou very much… Amazing!”

 

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The Crafty Lass does… Glass Bead Making (Lampworking!)

Now this, is a well overdue blog post… a couple of months ago – towards the end of May, I had the wonderful¬†experience¬†of going ‘Lampworking’ – that’s glass bead making in case you were wondering!

This was actually a gift from myself to one of my oldest and jewellery loving friends, Hayley. However, the workshop was for two people, so I was luckily allowed to be involved too!

I went along with no preconceptions of what the day would be like – but did wonder …would it be glass ‘blowing’ to create the beads? Would there be a choice of colours? Would we enjoy it?

BeadsI tell you now…what an¬†excellent day learning a new skill. The workshop was held by Helen White of Tiara Tiara in her lovely and light, and airy kitchen.¬†We spent approximately 3 hours there, selecting the coloured glass (that did take a while…so much choice!) seeing example creations, and learning that you don’t blow the glass as expected! You get the glass just molten, then you almost ‘draw’ with it, whilst twisting the ‘mandrel’ (the bead stick Beadsthat allows a hole inside to thread on to whatever you like!) Eventually we created little perfect (well, we tried!) spheres of coloured beauty. Helen was thorough, patient, inspiring and helpful – showing us each step, and talking us through whilst we created our own. We ended up making 5 beads each, and after the workshop they needed to stay with Helen in a very hot oven to then be gradually, slowly cooled overnight. If they cooled too quickly, the glass would crack, ruining the bead. However, it wasn’t long to wait and Helen posted them out to us first class the following week. She had polished them all up and had also made some additional ‘spacer’ beads to allow us to have a complete bracelet!

I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who has a love for jewellery, or just wants to try something that little bit different! It was such a therapeutic and exciting morning! Hayley and I have a wonderful and very personal bracelet to wear and have as a keepsake forever – now that is special. ūüôā

Contact details for Helen and Tiara Tiara can all be found through her blog HERE or the CraftCourses website.

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Top 5… Summer Crafts for Kids (and Adults!)

Well, it finally looks like we might actually get a proper summer this year…we even had the hottest July day on record¬†last week!¬†And, with the school holidays just around the corner – I have scoured the internet for some great crafts to get stuck into – that take advantage of the glorious weather and the great outdoors. Here are my Top 5…Summer Crafts for Kids (and Adults!)

1. Giant Paper Pinwheels

A simple, but very effective crafty activity Рmaking some paper pinwheels! Mix and match endless colour combinations, to then have hours of fun watching them twirling in the summer breeze. The template is included and as the link suggests:

“‚Äď Invite your kids to paint, stamp, draw on the craft paper to add a gorgeous individual art patterns to each pinwheel.¬†‚Äď Layer rows of washi tape or duct tape on the craft paper to add your contrast side.”

 

2. Suncatchers

Now THIS is effective! Making your own ‘suncatcher’ out of melted beads! Imagine how beautiful these would look hanging in the garden to catch the light! Or, make lots of small ones and turn into a mobile to hang up in a window. You could even go¬†one step further with stringing¬†the beads on to thread, before arranging and melting to spell out words or shapes!

 

3. Secret messages!

Not entirely a ‘craft’ but certainly some good fun in the sun! How about writing your own secret messages in ‘invisible ink’ (lemon juice!) Just hold up to the sunlight when you are ready to ‘reveal’ your message or artwork. ūüôā

 

4. Let’s go fly a kite!

This does take some time and patience Рbut look how fabulous these homemade kites look! Lots of fun making it, and then all you need is a lovely windy day to then also have lots of fun flying it! A real whole family project to get involved in.

 

5. Go Hawaiian!

Make yourself a homemade Luau! That’s a flower garland before you ask… ūüėČ All you need, is some crepe paper and thread! Et voila, one lovely garland. Just add a trip to the beach or a paddling pool, some c/mocktails and you could close your eyes and pretend you are actually in Hawaii!

 

Happy crafting!

 

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