One of the best bits about producing Local Craft Matters, is getting out and about when the new mag is published, dropping copies off and meeting all the lovely crafters in this area. Yesterday, I was accompanied by my lovely husband Roy in his current company vehicle – known locally as ‘The General Lee’ – it’s a bright orange VW Van, with a black ’01’ written on the side! (from the Wayside Van Centre in Bletchley!).
This week I have been to the still-expanding Threads and Patches and Craftability shop in Fenny Stratford. Upstairs is the new addition to the team – The Knitting Basket – a lovely knitting shop run by Elaine Leech who (like all of you) is keen to pass on her knowledge of knitting and crochet and has an infectious enthusiasm for her subject – go and say hello to her and start your summer knitting now!
I’ve also been up to Northampton to Magnolia Studios – a craft and pottery studio at 37 Billing Road and met Maureen Darling again – the studio is lovely – plenty of inspiration all over the walls. When I went over, she was preparing for a hen party who were going to be making bracelets out of gorgeous beads. Maureen also does lots of work in silver clay – I need to investigate that more!
En route I popped into the Bead Scene at Wakefield Farm Shop, Potterspury – wow! The beads she has in there – and buttons too! Obviously I need to investigate that more too!
Final call yesterday was HCS Crafts in Stony Stratford – packed full of wools and stitchery.
Today I’ve been to Jay’s Crafts in Crownhill, Milton Keynes – please note her website address is http://www.jayzcrafts.co.uk, not .com as we had in the mag – apologies! If you want to call Jay’s, their number is 01908 565578
There are loads of workshops and groups where you can join in and get involved/learn new skills/brush up on forgotten talents – check out the What’s On pages in Local Craft Matters.