Thursday, 28 March 2013

Go to the Bramble Patch now!

....if you can
Or have a look at these lovely textile pieces for now.
I had a whole 20mins yesterday to rush to the Bramble Patch and just managed to fly round a very lovely exhibition by SiX and friends as as well as some work from courses they run there. There was no catalogue and I didn't have time to take notes and give credit (very sorry)
But some of the work you may recognise for yourselves.
The exhibition is on until April 6th, not Easter Sunday or Monday though 10-5

There is plenty to see there and for a £2 contribution to the Macmillan money well spent.
And of course you could get side tracked by the amazing fabrics in the main shop, you have been warned!

 This one I bought as a card from the Quilt Centre in York a couple of years ago, so it was a lovely surprise to see it for real.

Monday, 11 March 2013

New classes in a new venue!

I've been chatting with Stef of the Bead Scene at the Wakefield farm estate in Northamptonshire about some Smallbeans stitching classes - hurrah! The crafting room is sunny and warm making it a lovely place to be inspired, create and try something new. We have come up with loads of ideas to try and here are the first two sessions:

Introduction to working with felt and vintage fabrics using 5 simple techniques or stitches. Taking place on the 27th of March from 10am-1pm. These lovely designs can be made into brooches, appliqué or a decoration for a tote bag. Basic materials will be provided and the cost of the workshop is £15.

Just 3 days later the Easter stitch is planned and we will be making a rather lovely felt hen. I shall show you how to create a simple symetrical embroidery design and add quirky details with extra embroidery and fabrics. Your hen can be stuffed with lavender or left open to hold an egg of the chocolate variety ready for Easter Sunday. This workshop includes all the materials you will need to make one hen about 15cms high and costs £20. Stef is running a children's crafting workshop at the same time, so you could have a crafty morning out with your youngster making things for your Easter table.

The Bead Scene is a haven for people of a crafting nature with a huge range of beads, buttons and trims. Stef has also started a Vintage stitch room stocking large variety of haberdashery including beautiful hand dyed embroidery threads, lovely fat quarters and a good range of the Tilda fabrics and kits.
Links to the Bead Scene website workshops can be found here.