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Make and Take at HobbyCraft Coventry

I’m delighted to able to demonstrate painting with the dotting tool as an introduction to forthcoming Folk Art workshops to be held at HobbyCraft, Central Six, Coventry next Thursday, 21st Feb from 10:00am-12:00pm.

If you’re in the area come and try it for yourself at this drop-in session and let me show you how easy it is to find that creative side we all have inside.  You get to ‘make and take’ a heart shape mount board which you can keep for yourself or give to someone you know will love that you’ve painted this just them.

There will be more information about my first Workshop running at HobbyCraft on 28th Feb, 10am-12pm when we will move on to creating pretty little roses.

Come and join me – the first dot will have you hooked! 😊

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New Year – New Classes

I’m thrilled to announce that I have secured a new venue to begin regular weekly art and craft classes in Leamington. Finally – hoorah! 😁

Kicking off with a complimentary taster session on Monday 11th Feb, 10am-12pm,  I will guide you through some Folk It! ‘dotty designs for Valentines’. There will be plenty of information on the day about the regular lessons, including costs, how to book, what will be provided and what you need to bring with you each week.

Classes will be held at St. John’s Church Hall, Tachbrook Street – which has great facilities with lovely spacious rooms and a fully fitted kitchen so tea/coffee and treats will be available throughout the mornings. Add to this free street parking – a rare thing these days – this venue just keeps giving.

Classes will begin fully on the 25th from 10am-12pm every Monday. Booking will be essential to ensure the correct amount of materials are available for every one each week. More details will follow here but if you have any burning questions in the meantime I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Until next time 🙂 x

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Dotty Christmas Baubles

Every year around about this time I find myself saying “I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone!”  Do you do this too?

Well it has flown by and it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas and ARC are joining in.  Earlier this week I held a Folk It! workshop and taught the group how to create Christmas baubles using design templates and the dot painting technique. Continue reading Dotty Christmas Baubles

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The Summer Fete

After being knocked down by a 48-hour bug for a couple of days at the end of this week, I wasn’t sure I’d even make the summer fete today, so much so that last night my wonderful husband was ready to hold the fort for me if required.  Thankfully (much to his relief I’m sure) that wasn’t necessary in the end and what a great day we had 🙂

They say a picture paints a thousand words so I’m going to let them do most of the talking for this post. Continue reading The Summer Fete

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What a difference…

… a week makes!

Hello lovely readers 🙂

I think a quick update is required first.  You’ll remember how excited I was last week to announce a new venue for my workshops. Well, it looks like that may not happen now because, according to a social media post, the current owner with whom the arrangement was made, has ‘moved on to new ventures’!  That came as a bit of a surprise to be honest, particularly as no direct contact has been made.  Anyway, I, intend to see what the new owners think about keeping the arrangement but won’t know until next week so another ‘watch this space’ moment.

On a happier, and even more exciting note, I have shelf space in a local shop, hoorah…

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LOTT Bazaar is a community shop for (and I use their own words)

‘talented crafters to rent space to sell their handcrafted goods and paintings’.

How cool is that!  Such a brilliant idea and a fabulous way to support individuals who might find it difficult to get wider exposure of their work.

The voluntary team members are also involved in a number of initiatives to bring awareness to the whole area about how many great local trades people we have in what is know as ‘Old Town’, or ‘South Town’, which is often forgotten about by the district and county council when it comes to funding, improvements etc.  I live south of the River so I’m really pleased to be part of this in some small way.  So folks, there’s not a huge amount on it yet but here is my first lovely shelf which gives me a ‘high street presence’.

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LOTT Bazaar also offers space at the rear of the shop for crafters to run small workshops, and this is where my next one will be so don’t forget, if you haven’t booked already it’s on 11th July, 7:00-9:00pm. Come and join me for a fun evening of Folk Art painting.

Have a wonderful Friday and stay safe in this heat 😊 x

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The Vulture has landed…(almost!)

Well this has been a challenge I can tell you!

Coming up in August is the Leamington Spa annual ‘Art in the Park‘ now in its fifth year and this year the theme is ‘trees’.  Now, what do you find in trees?  Birds of course.  So, as part of this wonderful celebration of all things creative, one of the organisers (Ali McKellar) has arranged for a number of local groups and a few individuals, to create a whole array of knitted birds and everyone has really got on board with this.  Grace Cafe (one of the groups I volunteer with) are also joining in and  Ali is shown below with some of our group and a few of the birds we’ve made.  The birds are a very simple design constructed from a single knitted square.

During the course of the morning Ali mentioned she’d love to have a vulture like the one in the book,  ‘The Ugly Five‘ (by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Alex Scheffler) too, but sadly no one had taken her up on this.   Muggings here, always up for a challenge (or so I thought!), found myself saying “I’ll have a go for you,” having absolutely no idea  this wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought.  No knitting patterns fitted the bill.  No crochet patterns fitted the bill and I couldn’t even find a sewing pattern that fitted the bill either!  I said I’d do it and so I had no option but to figure this out…so (eventually!) I did 😉

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Having recently invested in a Cricut Maker cutting machine, I managed to find an SVG file with the right shaped vulture.  Now I’m neither a designer nor a computer buff so I didn’t really know where to start but I couldn’t just cut it out like this because I wanted to use different colour materials.  To do this I used Design Space and the ‘slicing’ feature to create separate the parts. Continue reading The Vulture has landed…(almost!)