Friday, 26 August 2011

Knitting Needles at last! Free Draw!

I finally received my shipment of bamboo knitting needles today and I'm really pleased with them. I've asked some of my customers to trial these for me and they've come back with some really good reports. They are made using Bamboo which is a renewable resource, warmer on the hands than metal and therefore better, I'm told, for those with dexterity problems e.g. arthritis. They also have the needle size on the needle shaft so you won't get them muddled up.

The straight needles come in sizes 2.00mm to 12.00mm. I also have double pointed needles in the same size range. The smaller double pointed sizes have 6 needles per pack and the larger ones 5 per pack.

I also have bamboo crochet hooks in sizes 3.00mm to 12.00mm.

To celebrate the arrival of these needles, I'm giving some away in a free draw. To enter the draw you just need to comment on this blog post (below). If you follow the blog with Google Friend Connect you will receive an extra entry. The draw will take place on 2nd September (it would be 1st but I'm not around that day as it's my birthday!).

The winner of the draw will receive a set of 10.00mm, 7.00mm and a set of fixed circular needles size 2.00mm I will also pop in a surprise extra or two. I don't yet stock the circular needles, so it would be great if the winner would let me know how they get on with them.

I'm sure you will love knitting and crocheting with this brand. I've been delighted with the customer service I have received from KnitStar. Thank you Mr Kumar! You can see their full range here. Do let me know if you would like me to stock more of their range.

The KnitStar knitting needle range will be for sale on the Craft Arena website soon, but if you can't wait to try them, just contact me and I'll pop them in the post for you.


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Minerva Exhibition

Had a great evening last night at the preview of our exhibition. Lots of friends and collegues turned up, as well as some unexpected visitors - particularly Ray who I thought couldn't make it as he had to work, but he managed to get off early and surprised me! You can see him here admiring Kay and Yvonne's work with Elizabeth who was so impressed she bought  Yvonne's 'Distant World's'. The exhibition continues until 4th September, so do come along and take a look if you are in the area.

This is my piece 'Life on Mars' inspired by a recent NASA announcement that they have found evidence of flowing water on Mars.  It started off as an experiment with stencilling puff paint on to Lutradur then painting with Metallic Masters paint. I wanted a rusty colour and of course I'd run out - a whole shop full of paint, and I didn't have the one I wanted! So I had to mix various colours of Dye na Flow until I got the colour I wanted. The circles are a mix of buttonhole stitched rings, Flower Stitching on felt and some little buttonhole rings I bought from Craftynotions years ago that have just been waiting to be used. These were soaked in Lumiere Halo Pink Gold and various other Dye na Flow colours to get the effect I wanted. I finished off with a wrapped cord to echo the canyons on Mars. The picture below has the rings in place before I stitched them down - I often take a photo when I'm placing things so I don't forget where to put them when I start stitching.

Now I have a major project in conjunction with Eastgate Shopping Centre that needs finishing before the end of September, so I'm off to paint a giant canvas. And I thought I'd be able to relax and take things easy after City & Guilds?


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

New Magazines

Two new magazines have arrived; Cloth Paper Scissors and Somerset Studio.

It's funny how sometimes you buy things and then see a lot more potential in them. When I was in Sainsbury's this morning buying nibbles for the Minerva Exhibition private view this evening, I popped a packet of paper doilies in my trolley. Useful I thought. And blow me down, if there isn't a project in CPS using them! This issue also has a lot of steampunky stuff to inspire you, plus reduction printing, papermaking, mosaics and artist profiles that always inspire.
Somerset Studio has a halloween feel about it, plus a project using circles (also echoing something I've been doing!).  Birds, faces and text also feature in another jam-packed issue.

I'm just about ready for the private view this evening. I hope I will see some of you there, if not, see you soon.


Monday, 22 August 2011

Minerva Textile Group

I've been frantically trying to finish my last piece for our first exhibition. Finally finished the stitching this evening, and although I would have liked a little more time I'm happy with it. Just a little tinkering to do tomorrow!

The exhibition opens on Wednesday 24th August at 10 am with a private view the previous evening from 6 - 9pm. If you are able to come, do let me know and I'll send you an official invitation.

The focal point of our exhibition is the three themes of Odyssey, Icon and Primary Reaction. Other pieces will also be on display.
I hope to see you there.