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2014 Update

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Craft and Design Experience

Craft and DesignThe Craft & Design Experience will be held from 21-23 June in Henley on Thames and will feature a number of workshops and demonstrations to enable you to experience the creative processes involved in contemporary craft. As well as these workshops and demonstrations, there will be nearly 200 exhibitors displaying and selling their work as well as a wide range of entertainment making this event a must-visit whatever the weather. Here’s a selection of some of the workshops being featured at the event this year. We hope you will try some of these.

Book tickets in advance and save money!

Advance tickets on sale until 6 June. To order telephone 01622 747 325 or visit our website.

Workshops and Activities

Ocarina Playing
Have a go at playing a fully chromatic, concert pitch pottery vessel flutes and ocarinas.

Throw A Pot!
Have a go at throwing on the potter’s wheel. Suitable for all ages. Pots can be fired and glazed. Glaze colours can be seen on the work being exhibited.

Felt Making
This workshop enables you to make your own piece of handmade felt to take away.

Scarecrow Making
A fun workshop for younger visitors wishing to make a scarecrow!

Clay Sculpture
Handbuilding clay sculpture workshop run by international wildlife sculptor, Jan Sweeney.

Didgeridoo Experience
Interactive flute and didgeridoo experience by the maker, Ray Brook.

Batik Workshop
Learn about batik and make your own piece of batik.

Singing Workshop (Saturday only)
The Barberettes are Berkshire’s premier ladies a cappella group renowned for their energetic and passionate renditions of popular songs from the 1920s to the current day. Why not join them in a singing workshop to learn a song in four part harmony?

Caricatures
Demonstrating the art of caricaturing. Drawing on the spot cartoon portraits and contemporary art. Have a caricature done of yourself and your family.

Ceramic Decorating
An enjoyable workshop decorating ceramic hanging ornaments (hearts, animals, beach huts) with mixed media. Ready to take away in an hour and suitable for adults and children.

Make a Fabric Sculpture
Explore your artistic talents and make a beautiful fabric sculpture. Each workshop will consist of between 8-10 people which will allow Susan personally to help and encourage you while you create your own masterpiece to take home. Contact Susan for advance booking and more information: susan@susanlongsculpture.com

Blacksmithing Workshop
Have a go a creating your own metalwork to take home!

Don’t miss this exciting event – a showcase of the best handmade designer crafts in the UK. The Craft and Design Experience has earned an enviable reputation for selecting only the very best professional designers, artists and craftmakers and, unlike some other craft events, has a strict policy of not allowing any imported, mass-produced or bought in work to be displayed.

Stani Gallery – Love Art Fair!!

The Stani Gallery will be exhibiting at the first Love Art Fair in Centre MK from Thurs 11th Oct to Sun 14th Oct.

There will be over 100 artists on display including The Stani Gallery who will feature ;
Tina Ashton – painter
Amanda Cooper – painter
Roy Holding – painter
Martin Ingley – painter
Hannah Thomas – painter
Robert Rusin – art deco posters
Tim Cotterill – “Frogman” bronze sculptures
Paul Jenkins – ceramics & bronze sculptures
Len Gifford – bronze resin sculptures

There is an opening event including live music and complementary drinks from 5 – 8 pm on Thurs 11th Oct.
Why not come along ? It’s FREE to attend.

See you there !

The Stani Gallery – Unique Distinctive Art

The Stani Studios  – Art & Craft Workshops For You !

The Stani Gallery – 61 High Street, Stony Stratford, MK11 1AY.             01908 56 76 56

UFO Monthly Beading Meet

Sue Stallard’s recent UFO Beading Day  was so popular, she has decided to make it a monthly meet.

Times are from 10am until 9.30pm held at St Georges Leighton Buzzard.  Come and go as you like for the cost of £5 including tea, coffee and biscuits.

There will be no workshop but Sue will be on hand to help with any problems you might have.

Dates are:-
October 25th
November 22nd

Email Sue for more information – suestallard01@hotmail.com

(I think in this context UFO stands for UnFinished Objects, but I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong!!)

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

Leighton Business Woman Writes Bookzine for National Magazine

Leighton Buzzard businesswoman, craft tutor and joint founder of TheCraftTrolley.co.uk, Linda Gransby, has been inspiring local people to preserve their photos and memories in archival albums (known as scrapbooking) for the past 12 years.

Linda has now written a beginners guide to scrapbooking, encompassing advice on what to look for when choosing an album, essential materials, and how to deal with various artefacts such as photos; certificates; and medals & awards. The bookzine is to be published as the cover mount gift with national magazine Your Family History, and will be available in newsagents from today.

Scrapbooking is an fascinating activity, encouraging participants to save their family memories and photos in archival albums together with information about the images.

Linda said ‘I was delighted to be asked to write this guide to help people get started with this absorbing, creative and important activity. I love helping people connect with their photos and memories, and in the current gloomy times, its more important than ever that people connect with their family and friends and celebrate life’s happy moments. Above all, its great fun to do, no special skills are needed, and all ages can get involved, from the youngest child to the oldest grandparent!’

With the digital era upon us, photos are fast becoming an integral part of our lives. Scrapbooking is about capturing a memory by telling the story of the photo in a photo safe album to pass down through the generations. Perhaps even preserving a sample of our handwriting for our children and our children’s children to see.

Linda runs regular scrapbooking workshops across the county, if you’re inspired pick up your scissors and have a go, contact her for a schedule. She can be reached at Linda@lindagransby.co.uk or 07967 375150. The Craft Trolley website is www.TheCraftTrolley.co.uk
More information available from
Linda Gransby
Linda@lindagransby.co.uk
07967 375150

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

Latest News from Tudor Rose Patchwork – Oakley, Beds

What, you say, ANOTHER sale?    Well, yes, we will reply, but this one is special.

We are having a ONE-DAY SUPER SALE.   From 9.30am  to 9.00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, we will discount EVERY SALE by 20%*.   We need to make room for the new stock that’s arriving daily, and this seems the best way of doing it.    We get the space, you get the benefit.

We’ll also be holding an exhibition of our staff members’ crafts in the workshop as well as exhibiting some crafts made by our dedicated customers in clubs or workshops.   Come and have a free coffee and a biscuit or two, and see the amazing things that our staff do when they’re not helping you in the shop as well as some of the fantastic crafts that our club members create.

Remember – Thursday, September 20, 9.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. is 20% OFF DAY!

* Excludes clubs, courses and sewing machines, although we have some great specials on Janome sewing machines and overlockers.

Regards

From All At Tudor Rose Patchwok

Tudor Rose Patchwork   |   Shop: 01234 824983   |   http://www.tudorrosepatchwork.co.uk

Unit 1, Oakley Park, Station Road, Oakley MK43 7RB

Sunday Morning – Blog Time!

I know lots of you get involved with die-cutting, stamping etc and this is a chatty blog from someone who seems to be having a bit of a sort-out – there may be some bargains for you stampers/die-cutters!

http://craft-fairies.blogspot.co.uk/

Papercraft Projects – Crafts by Carolyn

The Crafts by Carolyn website is full of papercraft projects, news and chat – we loved this simple Pinwheels project

http://craftsbycarolyn.co.uk/projectsnew/pinwheels.htm

Check out the rest of the site here