Friday Mornings 10.30 to 1pm
Alternate Monday Evenings 7pm – 9pm
£5 including refreshments
Craft Club runs on Friday mornings and now on alternate Monday evenings; it’s a really important bit of what we do here at The Making House.
Craft club is about sharing ideas and skills, making, experimenting, chatting, community and of course cake and tea …or coffee, if like me, that’s your cuppa of choice! We are passionate about recycling and so we starting the year with a series of recycled fabric sessions.
No need to book, just drop in.
Monday dates: 3rd, 17th Sept, 1st, 15th, 29th Oct, 12th, 26th Nov, 10th Dec
Christmas Break: No Craft Club between Friday 28th Dec and 4th Jan; we’re back on Friday 11th January.
Other 2017 Highlights
We try out so many different crafts, often very experimental, mostly successful, always fun! Craft Club isn’t a tutored session, but we do have a theme most weeks, with different people bringing in ideas and resources for the week. As well as all the examples below, this year we’ve made birds out of Baobab seeds, done marbling and made Origami boxes, tried different card making and embossing techniques, micro woven bracelets and much more
We spent quite a few sessions creating Festive decorations, finishing off with a group get together and Christmas Fuddle. I’m ever grateful to all the people who’ve joined us for Craft Club over the years, it was great to see the place full for the Festive Get Together; it’s the backbone of what we do here and we have such a fantastic group of ladies that join us.
Pyrography with Elaine Thomson
We were lucky to have my friend, Elaine Thomson, drop by with her pyrography tools. Elaine from The Wood Gallery in Eastwood creates beautiful pictures on wood.
For Easter we created Easter Egg trees: The plan is to create trees, wire and nail polish flowers and leaves, mini felt eggs and birds and then put it all together!
Last year we had fun experimenting with natural dyeing, bubbling up pots of leaves and onion skins, so we were delighted that Joelle Harris could join us to teach us more about the potential of natural dyeing.
The group created an amazing selection of naturally dyed wools, which they’ve begun to go on and use; crocheted scarf by Col and woollen leaves by Jill of ‘Poppy Creations’
As a student, many many years ago, I did lots of papermaking and enjoy sharing this technique with people. I’ve never attempted to make paper from natural materials before though; everyone embraced this idea, their homework for the week was to bubble up some concoction or another or find some interesting materials to use. Karen was in charge of sprout stalks, Col bubbled up some recycled cotton fibres for what must have been days, Gill and Pat had some rose petals to use, Erica nettles, emma ornamental grasses, Phinea brought some lovely calendula petals and lavender heads, me i bubbled up bark and grass. It was so much fun, like being a kid again, added to which it worked too!
My new year’s resolution was to be a bit more zen, so we started the year with mandalas.
Using some lovely wooden circles, (provided by Phinea, one of our regulars), we created mandala decorations using dots and pyrography; we then created some metal versions and recycled plastic ones. We attempted painted mandalas, inspired by painted pebbles …. it wasn’t as easy as it looks, neither was pyrography! I enjoyed it though as you had to concentrate and be really careful, I was definitely in the moment.
In 2016 we did lots of metal embossing, felting, weaving, willow platters, we made fabric pumpkins for Halloween and of course lots of Christmas themed ideas too
Here’s what some of our Craft Club Ladies say:
Julia is one of our original members and infact was the inspiration for me to start craft club, she agrees craft club is a place to play, make and chat …..
….And eat cake! I have enjoyed everything that I have tried at Craft Club. I have been better at some things than others but everyone is so supportive, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Of all the things I have ever made, ever, I am most proud of my Santa made from a Hellboy hat and scarf. Also, did I mention cake?
Some highlights from previous years
Favourite Bits of 2013
To name but a few: Julia Unwin brought along bottle top pin cushions and some cute Canadian inspired snowmen, Linda Stacey taught the group some advanced crochet as well as crochet for beginners for the likes of me, Karen Carr showed the group how to do toothbrush weaving, Emma Hodges brought in her spinning wheels for people to have a go on, Emma Whittaker always turned up with a new amazing crochet pattern and idea, Anthea Chambers gave us some ideas for creating and using Dorset Buttons, I shared some of the bag weaving skills I learned from Sarah Baker, creating birds and hearts from plastic bags, we did extreme pompoming with Rhea Clements, fathomed out how to do origami boxes for the lovely truffles we made for Xmas.