• Crafts

    Pompom Rugs

    I can’t remember when I originally started work on my first pompom rug, sometime last summer, but I’m afraid it got stuffed in a cupboard while I got on with other projects. I was determined to get it completed in March.

  • Classes,  Crafts

    Decorative Plant Pots

    Painting plants pots has a mixed response on craft internet. The finished project can look great but it may not be the most long lasting of results. The nature of the clay is that it retains moisture which is good for plants but not for paint.

  • Chat,  Crafts

    Art Space G41 Christmas Fayre

    Another overdue blog post ? 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 Tree Decorations

    The December residential home craft sessions were to make Christmas Tree Decorations. I set up 3 simple projects for them to try out; mini wreaths, paper baubles and jar lid pictures.

  • 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.

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    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…

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    Weaving – bitten by the bug

    In May last year I took my daughter to a local¬†Community Heritage Day¬†Amongst 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.…