Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Seaside Sisters workshops coming your way...

Seaside Sisters will be taking over Craft Central's window with a ‘Souvenir Shop’ style display of our goodies from 3rd - 8th May. It'll be visible 24 hours a day from St Johns Square, Clerkenwell.

On Saturday 8th May we are running two workshops to share some of our crafty secrets. Throughout the day you can learn how to make beautiful prints and create fancy bunting decorations, play the tombola, tuck into tea, cakes and sandwiches, and try your luck on the crafty hoopla. Drop in to the Craft Central foyer where we'll be showing off more of our wares in a display of portholes, and you can buy favourites like our lovely seaside purses, souvenir tea towel bags and bunting flags.

Print Gocco Workshop, 10am – 1pm

In the morning workshop, Xtina Lamb shows how to get the most out of a Print Gocco, the cult Japanese printing machine much loved by designer makers and artists. Topics include: creating artwork, DIY registration techniques, screen printing on cloth, troubleshooting, and creating larger prints with a standard sized machine. A range of Print Gocco machines will be demonstrated, example artwork will be on show and you can make your own prints using the techniques shown.

This workshop is great for those who have a Print Gocco machine already, or those who are curious about whether to get one. It's an easy process but there are lots of ways to experiment and push this lovely little gadget beyond the simple prints it was designed for. Bring along your own artwork, draw it on the day, or use the images provided in the workshop.

All materials are included in the £20 workshop fee, including screens, bulbs, cloth, paper, cards and inks.

Bunting Making Workshop, 2 – 5pm

In the afternoon bunting making workshop you can raid the Seaside Sisters' stash of gingham, vintage fabrics, buttons and haberdashery galore to make your very own bunting flags. Spell your name, make a slogan or just create and decorate!

£5 buys you a bunting making starter kit and additional flags are 50p each. All materials are included and the Seaside Sisters will be on hand to teach fancy embroidery stitches and provide demos of bunting making magic.

You can turn up on the day, but to be sure of a place, please pre-book places via email xtina@printedwonders.co.uk
or call 07949 491306

Seaside Sisters Workshops
Saturday 8th May, 10am – 5pm
Craft Central
33-35 St John's Square

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Monday, 26 April 2010

Seaside Sisters at Map

The lovely people at Map have made a window display featuring all things Seaside Sisters. You can just see Handmade to Measure's felt stick-o-rock peeping out and Printed Wonders Love print at the front. I found some vintage seaside fabric and have been making it up into cushions. I love the colours in these fabrics. Now we just need a sound track, how about this...

British Seaside Window – April 19th - May 8th
MAP Gift Shop
93 Junction Road
London, N19 5QX

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Waggy tails

I'll be joining my Seaside Sisters at Dog Day Afternoon at the Cabbage and Frocks market this Saturday from midday until 5pm in the grounds of St Marylebone Parish Church, London W1.

Alongside the lovely handmade stalls at this sweet market, will be their annual Dog Show, with competitions for the most waggy tail, owner lookalike competition, and the intriguingly named "ain't misbehaving" game.

The Seaside Sisters will be making some special doggy-related gifts alongside our usual range of vintage fabric and gocco printed accessories. There may even be puppies... Hope to see you there wagging your tail!

Treasury East

I tried out the new Treasury East feature on Etsy with this Malcolm McLaren inspired collection from DIY crafters.

I like the luxury of creating treasuries when I want, but wonder if without any limits on time or the number of treasuries an individual can make if we might get a bit overwhelmed and bored with them. Have you tried one? What do you think?

I had wanted to make a Malcolm McLaren inspired treasury a few weeks ago, but the main treasury was never open at a time that suited me. I don't credit Talcy with the invention of punk, but the publicity he attracted did bring lots of ideas into my home counties living room that have remained me with me. In particular a DIY ethos that has allowed me to engage in all sort of things that I enjoy, including making stuff.

Friday, 9 April 2010

C30 C60 C90 Go!

C30 C60 C90 Go
off the radio I get a constant flow
hit it, pause it, record it and play
turn it, rewind, and rub it away

RIP Talcy