Category Archives: milton keynes

Mr X Stitch Introduces – Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project

MK Gallery – 900 Silbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Thursday 3rd January 2013 – 6.30pm

#imapieceJoin Milton Keynes’ very own Mr X Stitch (aka Jamie Chalmers) for an evening of stitching with a purpose. Take part in Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project and create embroidered puzzle pieces with provocative messages in support of Save The Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign.

Next year, the G8 summit will be held in the UK, which means our Government is in a prime position to put world hunger at the top of the agenda. The Jigsaw Project aims to raise awareness and show that the craft community thinks these issues are important.

Jamie will be speaking about his trip to Indonesia with Save The Children and the rest of the project team – Craftivist Collective founder Sarah Corbett, who will also be there on the night, graffiti knitter Lauren O’Farrell, and Craft Blog UK’s Hilary Pullen.

Craftivist Collective was set up in 2009 with the aim of tackling poverty and injustice through non-violent creative action. This type of “slow activism” allows you to stop and reflect on important issues, changing yourself as well as the world. Could trying your hand at craftivism be your New Year’s Resolution?

Visit http://imapiece.craftivist-collective.com/ for more project information, and www.savethechildren.org.uk/craftivist to sign Save The Children’s online petition.

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Christmas Fair at Bradwell Abbey

ANGELS AT THE ABBEY

Christmas Fair at Bradwell Abbey

Sunday 2nd December
12 noon – 5pm
FREE ENTRY
Festive Refreshments, Stalls
Carols throughout the day
Children’s Art and Craft Actvities
St Mary’s Chapel open

SANTA’S GROTTO!
for information or to book a stall, contact
Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre
01908 227229 or email information@mkcdc.org.uk


MK-Artworks

Image courtesy of Gail Baxter, Mediation

Framing Space 13 October – 3 November 2012 This is an exciting exhibition brought to Artworks MK by liminal (Gail Baxter, Sue McLaggan, Carol Quarini and Beth Walsh), who are a group of textile designers whose practice has developed from hand-made lace. Framing Space will seek to engage the public with a selection of original and challenging works, wall-based to wearable, using materials varying from net curtains to paper yarn and metal wire.

Events

To coincide with our Heritage Craft project, liminal will be hosting a programme of free events on Saturdays throughout the exhibition. These events are free as they form part of our Heritage Craft programme. Places are limited so please call to book: 01908 608108 or check our website for more information.

Framing Space Preview Sat 13th October , 1 – 3pm Come and join us for the launch of our new exhibition, Framing Space. This exciting exhibition presents original and challenging works by contemporary textile designers. We hope to see you there.

Cloth of Stitch Day School with Beth Walsh Sat 20th October, 10 – 4 pm This workshop will introduce participants to needlelace stitching allowing them to create exciting fabrics that involve contrasts of texture, colour and medium. This is a creative workshop allowing participants of any experience to create their own fabric made of stitches, perhaps using found objects or creating pieces on a large scale.

Bobbin Lace Demonstration and ‘meet the artists’ with Gail Baxter and Carol Quarini Sat 27th October, 1pm Join Gail Baxter and Carol Quarini for demonstrations and discussions of their work.

Needle-Lace Demonstration by Beth Walsh and Sue McLaggan Sat 3rd November, 1pm Join Beth Walsh and Sue McLaggan for a Lace demonstration. Historic Lace in Contemporary Design talk by Beth Walsh Sat 3rd November, 3pm Lace is usually associated with the skills and fashions of the past. How then is it relevant to contemporary design? This talk will explore the use of historical lace designs in new ways and in new contexts. It looks at how traditional lace techniques and attributes are used in challenging and innovative ways, in fashion, architecture and exhibition pieces. In a more specific textile context, the inclusion of colour as well as other media and textile techniques, together with the distortion of pattern and scale, is examined by looking at examples of Beth’s work. Lace is not of the past – it can be an exhilarating part of the present.

For further details or booking information please visit our website at www.artworks-mk.co.uk

Unicorn Craft Studios Workshops

News from Carol at Unicorn Craft Studios – Craft Classes being held at 63 Ashfield, Stantonbury now, as she has moved from the workshop.

Phone  Carol on 226306, for a chat about classes.

http://www.unicorncraftstudio.co.uk/

 

Stani Gallery, Stony Stratford – workshops and latest news

New workshops, new art, Artists and News

Check out the Stani Gallery website at http://art-gallery-milton-keynes.co.uk

New Artist in Glass – Julie Larrett

Silk Painting Workshops with Yvonne Bell

Yvonne Bell is running a series of Silk Paining Workshops over the next two months – details below:-

Max 6 people per workshop, to be held at 207 Glebe Road, Deanshanger MK19 6ND.  Cost is £30 per person per workshop (all materials provided).  The workshops run from 10am until 4pm each day.

Take a packed lunch with you – tea and coffee are provided.

Phone Yvonne for more details – 01908 623474

Dates are:- Saturday 20th October, Thursday 25th October, Saturday 17th November, Thursday 22nd November, Thursday 6th December, Saturday 8th December

Yvonne is a brilliant Silk Painter – you can see her work on her website at http://www.vestments.plus.com or email her at yvonnebell@yvonnebell.co.uk

(Don’t be put off when you see the quality of her work – she’s a great teacher too!)

Yvonne is a member of the Guild of Silk Painters – you can visit their website at http://www.silkpainters-guild.co.uk

Threads and Patches – News and Workshops, Offers and The Stitch Olympics

News

We have had a few staff changes – Elaine Brough has sadly left our staff in order to look after her elderly mother, however she will still be around at some workshops!. Jane Caldwell (nee Medland) has returned from Kent and rejoins the team – we are very pleased to welcome her back.

Workshops
We still have spaces on some of our workshops. Our Workshop Passport has sold well, but you can still buy them – just £70 for up to 18 workshops – I don’t believe there is a better deal anywhere. Check out our workshop pages at www.threadsandpatches.co.uk.

Don’t forget to check what requirements you need to bring with you. I do have to offer an apology though, we hit a little glitch with our website last month which meant I was not able to update the requirements lists. This is now sorted and over the next week or so I should get everything up to speed. I shall also be adding some of the workshops for next term (yes 2013 already!) so keep checking what we are up to.

The Stitch Olympics!
Coming soon to a shop near you! – This is Threads and Patches Competition for our Trophy Cup ‘I love the it here’. The competition will be held at Threads and Patches on Sat 29th December . The challenge is to make a Fabric Picture no smaller than 10″ square and no larger than 20″ square that says what you love about the UK. You may use any techniques you wish so long as the background of the design is fabric. I shall be adding more information to the website this week.

Offers

Special Offer Pattern
Bring this Newsletter to the shop:
Get this pattern half price – just £4.00

Sally White
Threads and Patches
Find Threads and Patches at:
15 Watling Street
Bletchley
Milton Keynes
MK2 2BU
Tel 01908 649687
www.threadsandpatches.co.uk

Age UK MK – the Big Knit

Hip hip beret – the Big Knit is back!
AGE UK Milton Keynes are joining in the ninth Big Knit which is back for 2012.

With your help and the support of Innocent (the smoothie makers) and sainsburys (the large supermarket chain) Age UK MK hope to raise hundreds of pounds in Milton Keynes by knitting 3,000 little hats.

Download your knitting pattern at pattern

Please send your little woolly hats by Monday 24th September 2012.
Please put your woolly hats in a bag or packet with your name and address written on a note (so that we can acknowledge your kind donation).

You can deliver them to any of our shops, to the Peartree Centre or our Drop-In Centre above Iceland in the Food Centre.

Or post them to The Peartree Centre, 1 Chadds Lane, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes MK6 3EB

The little hats will start appearing on the tops of innocent smoothie bottles in Sainsbury’s stores from Wednesday 21st November 2012, for three weeks.

More information from the AGE UK MK site at AGE UK MK

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HCS Crafts, Stony Stratford – latest news

The HCS Sale continues in the shop on selected yarns, and there are new yarn ranges in stock now – King cole Super chunky Gypsy, Glitz Double knit, Patons Fab Big Colour scarf yarn.

The next event for the Giant union Flag will be at Harrold Park near Olney for a family fun day out to encourage kid’s going outside, keeping fit, and learning about nature – more details at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Fun-Day-Bedfordshire/933000813506757

The flag will be used as a blanket for the story teller section of the event, with donations for use of the flag going to Willen Hospice.

You can also find HCS on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hcscrafts.co.uk – check out the pages for shop information and Flag updates, or visit the website at http://www.hcscrafts.co.uk/

Craftability Closing Down Sale

News has reached us that Craftability in Fenny Stratford is closing down on Wednesday 29th August

THE CLOSING DOWN SALE takes place on Wednesday 15th August, Thursday 16th August, Thursday 23rd August, Saturday 25th August and Wednesday 29th August

THERE ARE HUGE BARGAINS – EVERTHING MUST GO

Threads and Patches customers will still be able to see Vanessa as she will be working part time in the shop and running monthly dressmaking workshops.

This is sad news indeed – Vanessa is a very supportive teacher and had set up a great shop – full of a wide range of essential craft supplies.  We would like to pass on our very best wishes to Vanessa for the future.

Contact Vanessa on 07989 441147, or visit the website at www.craft-ability.com