• Chat,  Crafts

    Art Space G41 Christmas Fayre

    Another overdue blog post ­čś│ and no excuse really as it’s only going to be a short one. Early October I saw a shout out from Art Space G41 for artists and crafters to take part in their first Christmas Fayre.

  • Classes,  Crafts

    Christmas Cards

    I’ve been really bad at updating this blog for the last 2 months so my task for today is to clear some of the backlog I’m now in my second year running craft classes at the residential care home, and it’s nice to start a tradition of making cards in November followed by decorations in December.

  • Crafts

    Leaf printing

    When I set up the class schedule in January I wasn’t sure what Autumn Crafts was going to be.  It had to be something that could be enjoyable for people with a range of abilities and if possible have a practical / useful end product as many of the residents prefer that. So I had a think about what Autumn meant to me (apart from Halloween and comfort food) The answer is leaves. I love leaves. The colours, the shapes. That’s what I wanted to bring to the craft classes. I wanted to capture them but not by pressing them I needed a quicker process. So printing with them seemed…

  • Crafts

    Weaving – bitten by the bug

    In May last year I took my daughter to a local┬áCommunity Heritage Day┬áAmongst the wide variety of skills to try were spinning and weaving. Now I don’t have room to start spinning my own yarn but weaving can be done on a small-scale (and could help use up my yarn stash) I’m not keen on the little loom frame kits you can get as I find using a needle to weave the threads very frustrating. I could remember having a toy loom as a child in the 70s which had a bar which I could turn which would lift and lower the threads so I could pass a shuttle through.…

  • Crafts

    Felt drawer sachets

    This month’s residential home classes was originally titled Sewing Felt Animals. As usual I had a pre-class preparation session, during which I  sewed a simple teddy bear and my friend made a cow. (I look at her designs and think she’s the one who should be running these classes)

  • Crafts

    Tropical paper flowers

    July’s residential classes were programmed for Tropical paper flowers. I have to admit I was a bit nervous about doing paper flowers as it had a mixed reception last year. However that had only been my second set of classes at the residential homes and the residents were still a bit reticent. I found the technique on the Crafts by Amanda site and thought how effective it looked. I didn’t use her templates but instead hand drew something similar. The residents are very aware of things they class as being for children so I didn’t include the pony beads for the stamen but instead simply twisted the end on the…