As you read this I will have deserted the studio leaving Ray and my granddaughter Emily in charge of the shop, and will be in Budapest on a training course. I'm not back until the end of next week and I'm not sure if I'll be able to compile a newsletter while I'm away, so you may have to wait until the following week to find out what I got up to. I'll try to post on Facebook though, so keep an eye out for that.
As you can see from the picture above, things are really moving on in the new studio space. Ray has started laying the floor tiles, putting the new workshop tables up and moving a few things in. We have had the first workshops there this week; Crochet with Sue and Indian Embroidery with Mali but if you are on a workshop in the next few weeks, you could be working here or in the old workspace, it depends very much on what we are moving about at the time! Keep up to date on our blog and Facebook page.
I'm delighted to announce that we have a very special guest to open our new studio on Saturday 15th July. Mr X Stitch, Jamie Chalmers, has agreed to come along to cut the ribbon and not only that, he will be holding a workshop! And even better, when you book a place on his workshop, the cost will include a copy of his brand new book The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. The book will not be quite ready for publishing in time for our opening, but as soon as it is, a signed copy will be sent to you. You will also be able to pre-order a signed copy of the book during our opening weekend, and again it will be sent to you as soon as it is published. You can find out more about Mr X Stitch here and find details of how to book a place on his workshop later in the newsletter.
We will be having lots of special offers and events over our opening weekend of 15th and 16th July, so look out for more information in the next newsletter.
I look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.
Workshops can be booked in the studio, on our website, by phoning 01268 523780 or emailing us. Our 2017 workshop programme is available online, in the studio, or you can email us for a copy.
Machine Embroidery Skill Sharing
Sunday 2nd July 2017 10.30am - 1.00pm £10
A series of informal monthly sessions to help you get the most from your embroidery machine. A different machine embroidery technique will be covered each month. In this session we will be discussing which stabiliser to use with which fabric.
Saturday 8th July 2017 10.30am - 4.00pm £65 including materials
If you have not used this unique medium before, you are in for a treat! This workshop will allow you to create beautiful fabric works of art in a variety of colours and take your skills forward. You will use fabric, inclusions, paint and Powertex to make a textured panel. All materials are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work. This workshop is suitable for beginners.
All materials are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work.
Sunday 9th July 2017 10.30am - 3.30pm £15 per hour per person
Have you got a stash of 'stuff' at home that you don't know how to use? Lutradur, puff paint, Tyvek, foils or any other mixed media supplies? On this special workshop, Denise will give you ideas for working with a range of media and taking your work further. Book an hour or two, or three, to play with whatever you would like to bring - you don't need to have bought your supplies at Craft Arena.
TO ENSURE YOU GET THE MAXIMUM BENEFIT, EACH ONE HOUR SESSION WILL BE LIMITED TO 3 PEOPLE
Thursday 13th July 2017 10.30am - 12.30pm £50 per person
We will experiment with various makes of dissolvable fabrics to create textured backgrounds for further work and lace-like constructions to embellish and delight! Some experience of free machining is preferred but not essential. You may bring your own sewing machine (you must have an embroidery/quilting foot for your machine and be able to lower your feed dogs) or let us know if you would like to borrow one of ours. You will leave with several stitched samples plus examples of various soluable fabric to take home with you.
Saturday 15th July 2017 11.00am - 1.00pm £35 per person
Join Mr X Stitch, Jamie Chalmers, on a cross stsitch workshop. Details are being finalised. The price of the workshop includes a signed copy of his new book 'The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch' which will be sent to your when it is published in August.
Saturday 12th August 2017 10.30am - 4.00pm £50 per person
Whether you have never attempted hand embroidery before, or if you want to refresh your skills, Denise will be taking you through the stitches needed to complete a simple, unique design. This workshop is ideal for beginners to needlework, cross-stitchers who wish to try something different and for those who haven't picked up a needle in a while and would like a refresher.
Sew 23 beautiful, vintage-style items that will bring a touch of elegance to your home and make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Create beautiful accessories including a lacy pillow cover, a bucket-style wash bag, a dressing table cover and cones for displaying posies of dried flowers; sew gorgeous projects perfect for an afternoon tea including a tea cosy, made-to-measure tray cover and a cake frill; and create accessories for a vintage Christmas with a stocking, advent calendar and wreath. Using half-yard pieces of fabric and Debbie's friendly, easy-to-follow advice, vintage style has never looked better.
The Art of Embroidered Flowers by Gilda Baron
Explore nature through a combination of textiles and embroidery in this new, modernised edition of Gilda Barons inspirational, innovative, step-by-step work.
Using painted and dyed backgrounds, and hand and machine embroidery, this guide presents a wonderful variety of three dimensional landscape and flower embroideries. A number of techniques are employed when applying colour to the fabric including batik, salt discharge and brushing dye into a wet surface. Beautiful pictures are then stitched and built up over the background in easy stages. The feeling of perspective is enhanced by the clever use of scale and colour, and all the techniques are explained clearly and demonstrated in a series of stunning projects. This republished book by the late Gilda Baron, is packed with practical advice and information. Anyone interested in pattern, texture and colour will discover a wealth of inspiration when they work through the projects. These highly individual designs will encourage beginners and more experienced embroiderers to create their own embroidered flower designs.
As soon as we have finished organising the new shop space, the following will be on sale:
Mettler Seralon sewing threads
Mettler Extra Strong threads
Mr X Stitch DMC Cross Stitch kits
Gallery 50 is Craft Arena's dedicated textile art gallery. If you would like the opportunity to show your work but feel a little overawed by the thought, why not get together with a group of friends? We are happy to help, and will support you during the planning and presentation of your exhibition. Contact Denise on 01268 523780 or email us for more information.
We don't have an exhibition in June as we are preparing for our expansion. We will be back in July with Denise's 'Inspired By...' exhibition in our new gallery.
July 2017: Denise Gannon - Inspired by ...
August 2017: Photographic Exhibition: Wo0 and Mini Wo0
September 2017: Minerva Textile Group
October 2017: Wendy Mansfield - Flora
The latest Brother offers can be viewed on my blog. They include the super Innov-is 1100 Sewing Machine which is £749 and includes FREE either the Creative Quilt Kit worth £149.99 or the Creative Sewing Pack AND the Couture Kit both worth £144.98.
The Creative Sewing Kit and Couture Kit consists of:
Narrow hem foot
Concealed fastener foot
Plastic quilting foot
Adjustable binder foot
5-groove pin tuck foot
Straight stitch foot and needle plate set
Adjustable zipper/piping foot
Non stick foot
The Creative Quilting Kit contains:
Free Motion Grip
Open toe walking foot
1/4" Piecing foot with guide
We also have ex-demonstration machines available at very competitive prices. You can find details of all our special prices on the Brother page of our blog.
Don't forget we offer demonstrations and free after sales training on all our machines over £200. Ring us on 01268 523780 or email us for more information.