Lots planned for 2012!
Well it’s been a busy start to the year and despite some horrid weather, we are still enjoying a good turnout of crafters to our sessions . We all had good fun trying our hand at Iris folding, making some spectacular looking hearts in time for Valentines day! You can download a free heart iris foding template from Gem’s Cottage and many other free templates can be found at Simplicity of Iris Folding and About Family Crafts
We have launched our competition to produce work based on a particular pattern which you can access at New Leaf Patterns. Clicking on their link will take you straight to the pattern we are using, but there are a lot of others to explore on their website. Anyone can take part in our competition so do come along if you want to try it out for yourself. The finished item can be anysize, 3D, parts ignored or embellished or it can be cut apart and re-structured or simply coloured in; it will be very interesting to see how differently things turn out. The closing date for this work is our session on Tuesday the 8th May with the winning entry announced at the following session on Wednesday 23rd May.
We have also been discussing the possibilities of producing a piece of work to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen and are currently put together ideas, so if you have any thoughts, please come and share them with us!
At Easter we will once again be kicking off the making of poppies in preparation for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. These will again be available for sale at Rosie’s Gifts in London Road, Whitchurch and our early preparations will hopefully eradicate the panic calls from Rosie that the poppies had sold out yet again. We hope to offer a variety of designs (felt, crocheted and knitted) and they will differ from last year! If you would like to be involved and help to make some poppies we would love to hear from you. We will provide the yarn and pattern and will even help to teach you to knit, crochet or sew if you wish!
All those things will continue alongside our embroidery sessions that we have started. At our first session we learned the running stitch including two laced running stitches, the chain and lazy daisy stitches, french and bullion knots and herringbone stitches so a lot to try out. We are doing this in the doodle stitching technique in which the embroiderer creates a picture or piece of work by doodle with needle and thread. The stitch sampler created is in the doodle style and shows a great many stitches. (My doodle sampler was inspired by Mrs. Kitty who has produced some beautiful embroidery: Mrs. Kittty’s Gallery We will continue the embroidery sessions looking at the Stem, Satin, Fishbone and Blanket Stitches. If embroidery is something you would like to learn, please do join us as we are happy to take you through the earlier stitches too.
With those three projects on the go, we will all no doubt be very busy but we also have other things in mind for those who wish to do so:
a charming little teddy who looks after a child’s tooth so the tooth fairy can find it and leave some money in it’s place.
made by stitching onto Plastic Canvas, this is an easy little project to try.
ideal for adorning a cushion, hairband, bag or to be made into a brooch. These are quick and simple to make and very effective.
We are also hoping to demonstrate the following:
A tote bag: a simple shopping bag that anyone can create
Patchwork & Quilting: learning basic patchworking to create either a wonderful cushion or bag, or of course anything else you may wish to make
Scrapbooking: Creating a wonderful photo album, considering layouts and embellishments to enhance the memory of the event when the photo was taken.
Other crafting that we will be addressing is:
Stamping, Extreme Knitting and Crochet, Tunisan Crochet, Lacemaking, Felting techniques and how to get the best from your Sewing Machine!