got there in the end, well nearly, there is still a little work to be
done - mostly in the workshop area - but in the main we did it! I've
blogged about the final stages of the expansion so you can
read more here.
opening weekend was a great success and lots of you entered the draw to
win the Rowan hamper. This did actually get larger as Jamie Chalmers,
Mr X Stitch, donated books, some which were included in the hamper. The
draw was made on Sunday evening by Mrs Florentine and the winner
is...... Angela Jameison. I'd like to thank both Rowan and Jamie
Chalmers for their donations to the hamper and the goody bags which were
presented to the first 10 guests on each day. These also encluded gifts
from Aurifil and Search Press.
Friday evening, Craig De Souza,
Executive Director of the Association for Creative Industries, performed
the opening ceremony for our new gallery. The name of the gallery is
now Alchemy. A big thank you to everyone who sent me suggestions, even
though I decided to go for something different. I have held a draw for
all those who suggested a name and am pleased to announce that Sallyann
Knight has won a Craft Arena Gift Voucher for £10.
I've been promising you a yarn sale for a while, and the time is nigh! Read more later in the newsletter.
I look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.
have devised another survey to help shape our workshop programme.
Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw to win a
£10 Craft Arena voucher. This time if features hand embroidery. These
surveys really do help me decide on what to include in future workshops,
so do have a go. They only take a few minutes to complete.
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.
Powertex for Beginners
Friday 28th July 2017
10.30am - 4.00pm £65 including materials
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
All materials are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring your own embellishments to add to your work.
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 basic
labelling and lettering.
Friday 8th September 2017 or
Saturday 9th September 10.30am - 4.00pm £50 per person
a weekday or weekend workshop. This workshop will allow you to create
;beautiful mixed media vessels in a variety of colours and take your
skills with this versatile medium forward. You will use fabric,
inclusions, paint and Powertex to make at least two vessels. All
materials are included in this workshop, but please feel free to bring
your own embellishements to add to your work. This workshop is suitable
for those who have played with Powertex before.
your skills with Kantha Embroidery forward in this workshop with Mali.
You will be working on pre-printed cloth to make a wall hanging and will
learn all the skills to complete your work at home. All materials are
included but you may like to bring your own sewing kit (scissors,
needles etc). This workshop is suitable for those who have tried Kantha
before and those who have some experience with hand embroidery. The
picture is a representation of the design you will be working with.
this workshop you will be stitching one of Wendy’s unique goldwork
designs. Materials are included in the price of this workshop. This
class is suitable for those who have basic hand embroidery experience
and those wishing to extend their skills.
August/September issue is now in store, and features projects from
around the world. There is an article by Mr X Stitch, who held a very
enjoyable workshop at Craft Arena last weekend, sharing a few of his
stitching secrets. Also included are some gorgeous projects from Sheena
Norquay (Perfect Puffins), a New Zealand Christmas Tree from Liz Smith, a
soutache star of Syria from Sarah Dodds, a free machine stitched and
painted picture of Bruges by Stevie Walker. There is lots more, with 9
great projects in all and the usual articles and information. This is a
great issue with plenty of inspiration for summer
having a clearance on some of my yarn. There will be 50% off selected
Debbie Bliss and Louisa Harding yarn, plus a few other makes. These
bargain prices will only be available from Tuesday 1st to Sunday 6th
August. Grap a bargain while you can!
Alchemy Textile Art Gallery
new, improved gallery is now open and available to hire. We do have a
few spaces this year and next, so if you would like the opportunity to
show your work do get in touch. 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.
Our new gallery opened on July 15th with Denise's 'Inspired By...' exhibition.
August 2017: Photographic Exhibition: Wendy Gannon & Emily Johnson
September 2017: Minerva Textile Group
October 2017: Wendy Mansfield - Flora
This is the last week to take advantage of our current Brother specials which can be viewed on my blog.
They include the Innov-is 955 Sewing Machine and Embroidery machine
which is at a great price of £599, a saving of £200. This is a brilliant
machine to get you started, particularly if space is limited and is
ideal for taking to classes as it is light and sturdy but very compact
and has a great range of stitches.
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.