had a great time at Lynda Monk's workshop last week, with lots of
samples and ideas for future work. I'm actually in the studio for a few
days now, so if you pop in over the next week I'll be here. More news of
my travels to come though -as well as everything else, I've just booked
up to go to India in 2020!
workshops have been added to the website this week, including Alex
Waylett's new class, Floral Abstraction.
This is a design led workshop and will prove very popular, so don't
leave it too long to book. Our featured workshops this week are Powertex
and Shisha. We also have some new products, so take a look at our What's New section
seems to be nomination season. Last week it was the British Sewing
Awards, and I'm now asking you to help me be nominated for the
International Craft Awards. There are a few categories you could help us
Best Customer Service
Best Independent Store (South East)
close on 19th July and if you vote you could win a crafting bundle
worth over £400 plus Craft Store vouchers for 5 lucky runners up.
If you feel you can help us, click on the button below.
Those of you who have tried Powertex before may be interested in joining us on Saturday 30th June
to make this working Powertex clock. We will be using fabric,
inclusions, paint and (of course!) Powertex. If you prefer, you can use a
picture or photograph rather than the clock face. All materials are
included but if you would like to bring your own embellishments please
do. Book your place here.
For those who
would like to try Powertex for the first time, our next beginners class is on Saturday 28th July - you can find out more and book it here.
Intermediate Shisha with Mali
who came to the recent Beginners Shish really enjoyed themselves, and
you can take your skills with Shisha Embroidery forward in this workshop
with Mali on Thursday 5th July. Using shisha mirrors,
you will be making samples of this beautiful form of Indian embroidery
which can then be used in further projects. You will be able to choose
from a selection of patterns from which to work. This workshop is
suitable for those with some experience of hand embroidery. Find out more
and book here.
We are now taking bookings for exhibitions in 2019. If you would like more information, please contact us.
Denise Gannon: It Started with Cross Stitch
this exhibition, Denise is displaying a variety of work, from her early
days of cross stitch, through her City & Guilds work, to more
recent pieces. Some of her sketchbooks and work journals are on show so
you can see how various pieces evolved. The exhibition is on until
Saturday 30th June.
July 2018: Basildon Arts Trust Exhibition - A Sense of Place and Shape
The Basildon Arts Trust Exhibition, A Sense of Place and Shape,
which will contain a specially curated selection of my favourite pieces
from their collection. To accompany the exhibition the Foundation for
Essex Arts (of which I am a trustee) has arranged for art historian Dr
Mark Banting to give a talk called The Sensation of Place
exploring the ways in which artists represent memories and feelings of
particular places. The talk will take place on Friday 13th July from
6.30 pm and tickets are available here.
August 2018: Stitchers Inc - Floral Abstractions
September 2018: Art Exhibition
October 2018: Five
December 2018/January 2019: Minerva Textile Group
To coincide with our
felting workshops, we now have a selection of wool tops which are
perfect for wet felting. Pure Merino wool 21 micron in 25 gram bags,
which gives you plenty of scope for using lots of lovely colours in your
work as you don't have to buy large quantities! Find out more about our
felting and other classes here.
Zig Glue Pen
you haven't used these glue pens before, you really should give them a
try. Direct the glue exactly where you need it and use it in two ways;
let it dry until it is clear for a temporary hold, or use it while it is
wet (and blue!) for a permanent bond. We now have them available in two
sizes, broad and medium chisel tips.
Brother Scan n Cut
have more accessories available for the Brother Scan n Cut. The scraper
is great for removing things from your mats and for smoothing down to
ensure that papers etc adhere to the mat. We now have both the colour
and erasable pen refils and the Embossing Set, which I can't wait to try
out! We also have replacement blades and holders, mats and other tools
to make the most of your machine.
Knit Pro Tunisian Crochet
now have Tunisian crochet hooks by Knit Pro in stock. Sometimes known
as Afghan crochet, this produces a tighter textured fabric which is
great for bags etc. Available in 10 sizes from 5mm to 12mm.
PE Design Software Training with Lisa: Fonts
Sunday 17th June 2018 10.30am - 1.00pm
you are new to designing for your embroidery machine, or you need a
refresher,this training is for you. In this class Lisa will be
concentrating on fonts.
known as paint pouring, flow art or liquid art, fluid art is a form of
abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a runny (fluid) consistency.
In this class Emma will teach you the basics you will need to become a
paint pouring artist.
you are new to designing for your embroidery machine, or you need a
refresher, this training is for you. Lisa will show you the basics of
using PE Design which will give you the confidence for taking your
into wonderland with Lisa Marie Olson and learn how to transform
sumptuous wool fibres into beautiful felt items. Lisa will guide you
step by step through the techniques of wet felting to make your own
piece of felt fabric.
Book both classes with Lisa Marie Olson and receive a discount
Needle Felting with Lisa Marie Olson
Saturday 7th July 2018
1.30pm - 4.00pm
will guide you through the techniques of needle felting or dry felting
as it's sometimes known. In this workshop you can explore how to make
needle felted beads to make a bracelet or decorative items for your home
such as needle felted hearts.
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.
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.
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.
Printing with Lynne Blackburn - Sunday 22nd July
Stitched Journal with Nick Kimber - Friday 24th August
Beading: Rope Stitch with Janette Bright - Friday 7th September
Batik for Beginners with Jannetta Sosin - Saturday 20th October
Intermediate Powertex Figure with Denise - Saturday 29th September
The new Brother offers are available my blog. They include the fabulous Innov-is 1800Q Sewing and Quilting Machine for £999 which is a saving of £300.
Ring me on 01268 523780 if you would like any more information.
forget you get a full introduction to help you choose the right machine
for you 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.