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Everyone needs a fleecy anteater in their life…

…that’s why I will be making lots more of these soon, in a variety of colours. Watch this space!

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Free For All, Wigton, Cumbria

I’ve been experimenting with some materials that I picked up in a scrap store in Wigton, Cumbria.  “Free For All”  is a volunteer run scrap shop, open every Saturday until 12.00pm. I picked up a load of coloured cellophane as this is made in the local factory and the offcuts are readily available.

Was really impressed with the scrap store, as although it is tucked away in the back streets of Wigton, it was absolutely jam packed with people looking for scrap items. It was also run by some really cheery and helpful volunteers who were generally awesome.

Contact details of Free for All:

DDENNISGRAHAM@aol.com / 016973 44919

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As I will be leading some craft workshops in Cumbria during the first week of September I have been testing out various methods of constructing lanterns, using driftwood, cellophane, PVA and tissue. Could get quite messy…

V. Impressed with recent lantern making in Kirkcudbright for the Queens Jubilee.

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Running low on Fleas? You’re In Luck.

ImageWharf Chambers (formerly known as The Common Place) are hosting a Flea Market and Craft Bazaar!

I will be there with some discounted sausage dogs and my usual badges, cats and felt.

12-5pm

THERE ARE STILL STALLS LEFT! Stalls £5 per table + suggested donation of 10% of profits

All proceeds will go to Wharf Chambers

Ground Floor, 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds

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Woop!

Web making was a success yesterday! Every one managed to make webs, especially impressed this brown blue and white one that a lady called Cissy made. The giant ball of white wool did get thrown across a table and almost broke a vase at one point, which made me wonder if I should be organising a P.E lesson for these ladies rather than a sedate crafting hour, but if been asked to come back next month anyhow. I’ve had requests for something paint orientated so maybe we could paint Christmas cards or something. Hmm.

On Thursdays for the last couple of weeks I’ve been attending a furniture course in the evenings but it’s half term this week so it’s not on tonight. We’ve been making different joints so far – the dovetail joints are my favourites!

This is my fairly abysmal first attempt at a dovetail and I haven’t really whacked it into place properly yet but I am hoping to improve during the course! I need to think  of a piece of furniture I’d quite like to try to make during the end of the course. A friend of mine sent me a good example of some fun furniture that she saw on www.presentandcorrect.com  –

HOUSE DESK! This is made by Ninetonine

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Wool web workshop planning and more

Hi! Good news; the decorations I’ve been making are now available to buy from Unexpected Boutique

This week I’ve been making changes to some felt bracelets I made a while ago by embroidering ribs on to them. I think it makes them look a bit more exciting. I might try to adjust the design so it has a metal mount and clasp but I havent quite worked out how to do that yet.

I’m also going over to Normanton in West Yorkshire tomorrow to do a craft hour in a care home. I’ve sort of come up with a Halloween theme – hopefully we will be making wool webs like this one below

They are made quite simply by winding different coloured wool round paper craft straws which I have already attached together.

I’m slightly worried that some of the residents I might be working with might have dexterity issues (I havent met them yet) but we’ll see how it goes.

Good things people have shown me this week:

I Heart Guts – ever wanted a cuddly spleen? Look no further.

Children’s Own Studio – This reminds me of Korean photographer Yeondoo Jung’s project Wonderland

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