thanks to Ray and Emily for looking after the studio whilst I was away
on my spa break. They only made one little mistake made which wasn't too
much of a problem and nothing broken. I thought you might like to see a
picture of me relaxing by the pool with my newly pedicured feet. The
current hot weather makes me wish I was back beside the pool!
Back to normal for a bit, although I may disappear for a few days at the end of August!
is the last week of the BAT exhibition in the Alchemy Gallery. It has
been a joy having these works of art here, and we're already thinking
about the next exhibition. There has been a lot of interest in both the
collection and the Foundation for Essex Arts and we are looking forward
to seeing your work inspired by the exhibition later in the year. You
can find the application form here
and once the exhibition has closed you will be able to find inspiration
from The Foundation for Essex Arts website which is currently being
updated - I'll share the link as soon as it is ready. Next week sees the
return of Stitchers Inc in what I know is going to be a stunning
forget the Barleyland's Artisan Summer Fair is on this Sunday 29th July
and there will be lots of extra events on throughout The Village with
demonstrations, activies and exhibitors. At Craft Arena we will be
featuring hand embroidery, with make and take print and stitch designs
which can be made into cards or hanging decorations. It will be first
come first served, with sessions starting from 10:30.
in this week are the latest offerings from KnitPro which I saw for the
first time at the trade show I attended in Germany earlier in the year.
I love the quality of their products, and the goodies they have coming
up are brilliant! See below for more information.
We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon!
Denise and Ray
Stitched Journal with Nick Kimber
The next class by Nick on Saturday 25th August,
will incorporate various stitching and colouring techniques to make a
fabric journal which can be used as a sampler book for the stitched
samples you make at Craft Arena workshops or for adding mementos and
ideas of your own. Samples can be stitched into the pages of the book so
that you can record your progress or you can use the book for finished
designs. This project is suitable for those with basic embroidery and
machine skills - no free motion work is used. Places are going fast, so
don't leave it too long to book your space.
Crewelwork for Beginners with Marion Wood
Marion will be starting hand embroidery workshops for those of you who would like to try Crewelwork on Friday 14th September.
This is a traditional form of embroidery popular in the 17th century
and Marion has given the technique a modern twist, using a fine wool
yarn. The stitches are similar to those used in other forms of hand
embroidery, but give a completely different look to your work. The next
class in the series will be on Friday 12th October.
samples made at this and our other beginners workshops can be
incorporated into Nick's stitched journal (see above) or can be mounted
framed. You can book your place here ring us on 01268 523780 or visit us in the studio.
We are now taking bookings for exhibitions in 2019. If you would like more information, please contact us.
Basildon Arts Trust: A Sense of Place and Shape
unique exhibition has been specially curated by Denise, and is a rare
chance to see a selection of some of the works from the BAT collection.
This is the last week of the exhibition which runs until 29th July.
Colin Self - Isle of Arran
August 2018: Stitchers Inc - Floral Abstractions
September 2018: Pictures from my heart- Bella Brizman
October 2018: Five
November 2018: Inspired by the BAT Collection
December 2018/January 2019: Minerva Textile Group
brilliant accessory to add fun to your knitting. Porcelain beads have
been combined with a small crochet hook and knitting needle which can be
used to pick up dropped stitches or used as a keyring or bag charm. An
ideal gift for a crafty friend, but I must admit one is now hanging on
my bag! Three versions available; Friends (seen here), Happiness and
Ring row counter
from high quality stainless steel and with a hypoallergenic coating,
the ring sits on your index finger or thumb and can be turned easily by
pressing in the sides. Available in four sizes.
Knit Pro Necklace
perfect present for the knitter or crocheter in your life, or a treat
for yourself. The magnetic pendant kit comes complete with stitch
markers, three cable needls and a pouch to keep it all together. The
pendant is made from laminated wood attached to a leather cord and is
embedded with magnets strong enough to hold the cable needles and stitch
markers. Additional cables and markers are available.
packs of 12 markers in a pouch are available in fun shapes and colours
to make your knitting and crochet easier. They are great for counting
pattern repeats, increase and decreases and easy to slip on to a needle
in the middle of your work. We have four versions available; Gems, Meow
(seen here), Smileys and Peace.
Knit Pro Blocking
tough plastic with embedded sharp, sturdy and rust resistant stanless
steel pins with two different sizes to manage different shapes when
have added another range of overlock threads to our collection to give
you even more choice. As well as Mettler threads, we now have Madeira
Aerolock which is presented in 2500 metre cones and a range of useful
Powertex for Beginners with Denise
Saturday 28th July
10.30am - 4.00pm
beautiful fabric works of art and take your skills forward using
fabric, inclusions, paint and Powertex to make a textured panel.
Friday 3rd August
10.30am - 1.00pm and 2.00 - 4.00 pm
this first of a planned series of beading workshop with Janette Bright,
you will learn ladder stitch and will begin a pretty bracelet to finish
at home, or you can book for the whole day to finish off your bracelet
and try additional techniques. We are offering a 10% discount to
Beadworkers Guild members. If you book online, your discount will be
refunded on production of your membership card. Contact us for more
this continuation of our series of beginner's embroidery classes you
will learn how to use basic embroidery stitches to create this pretty
sampler using lazy daisy, straight, split, satin and back stitch and
simple shading. We will be offering further classes to create a sampler
book in which you can display your work. This class is suitable for
complete beginners and those who wish to extend their embroidery skills.
this class you will use various stitching techniques, both hand and
machine, to make a journal which can be used as a sampler book for the
stitched samples you make at Craft Arena workshops or for adding
mementos and ideas.
the first of a series of crewelwork classes, Marion will show you the
basic stitches used in this traditional needlework technique, giving it a
modern twist. This class is suitable for complete beginners or those
wishing to refresh their skills.
returns to Craft Arena to take us back to basics in this silk painting
class. Using steam-fix paints, she will show you how to build layers
with silk paints to create wonderful designs and pictures.
make a note of these workshop dates in your diary. Booking will be
available once details have been finalised. Contact us for more details.
Yarn Forward - Wednesday 19th September: Rowan New Season Launch
Goldwork for Beginners with Wendy Mansfield - Saturday 6th October
Crewelwork for Beginners 2 with Marion - Friday 12th October
Batik for Beginners with Jannetta Sosin - Saturday 20th October
The last few days of
the current Brother specials. There will be a new selection starting on
1st August, so look out for those in next weeks newsletter, and on our Facebook page. Our Brother blog page will be updated as soon as we know what the new specials are!
the PR 1050X Embroidery machine you take your embroidery skills to the
next level. Ideal for both home and business alike, the PR1050X is a
powerful and efficient 10
needle embroidery machine with the ease of use and reliability only
Brother can provide. Ring me on 01268 523780 if you would like any more
forget you get a full introduction to help you choose the right machine
for you plus free training with all machines over £200 plus. Contact us
to book a demonstration or for more information. We also have ex
demonstration machines available at discount prices. Details of these
are also available on our blog or ask us for more information.