Saturday, 9 October 2010

Vintage Felt Jewellery 2

For the lovely ladies I met today on another Vintage Felt Jewellery stitching day in Milton Keynes:

Here are the forthcoming events I was talking about, they are normally on my crafting blog, but I have copied them for you -

I have had a number of requests now to do another Crafty session towards the end of the year, hopefully before Christmas - watch this space for details.

In the meantime some dates for your diary:

Handmade & Vintage 2 - York House, Stony Stratford.
6th November. The first of these was a lovely day back in the Spring, lots of great makers and sellers.

Aylesbury Grammer School - 20th November, 10-5.
Arts and Crafts Exhibition. Sounds like a good day out to me if you are in the area.

Fair-trade coffee morning - 27th November 10-12ish, St James's church. New Bradwell. Lovely fair-trade gifts and cards and a my stall of Smallbeans with 15% of proceeds going to the church fund.

MaKe - Madcap Arts Centre - Wolverton, Milton Keynes.
November 28th 10-4
Again, lots of lovely people selling festive delights.
Wear a coat and hat for this one, it will be cold outside, but warm in of course!

.....and here are your lovely brooches! As I said, a good day's work, lots of ideas, lovely colours and very precise work, well done!

I hope I have captured everyone's work, sorry for the bad focus, if anyone has taken close-ups, please make contact and I can put them up too.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

New term= new projects.

We have started the new term in one Children's Centre with a new set of learning outcomes. Sounds very formal? Yes, it could well be, but to enable the course to continue I have to encourage the students to try different techniques and ways of working as possible in the course.
They have taken this new challenge in their stride and have really pushed their ideas. Sometimes with a hint of irony, but mainly because they see the value of the sessions and want them to continue.

Maxine started this project last term and over the weeks has planned other seasonal garlands for her house. A christmas version is well on it's way and will be featured soon.

Veronica needed a quick projects at the end of last term and managed to put this together very quickly while she was planning her next project which would tick all the new boxes.

....and this is the new project, with some bold fabric from Ikea, we planned a great new bag and Veronika made a good start in one lesson.

Carly has been inspired by an illustration from a children's book and is making a patch to go onto a bag. It's looked really striking and she is really pleased with the result, although she thinks her daughter may well nab it as soon as it's finished.

Hira was not sure that these fabrics went together at all. I convinced her that mini collages of flowers in the lovely off-cuts from her sari fabrics contrasted really well with the rich tartan fabric and with a bit of playing around and encouragement from the rest of the group, she was pleased with the result.

I am delighted that everyone has embraced the new criteria and I think that giving people the limit of 6 weeks to do a project has focussed them on simple but very effective ideas. More updates soon.