Friday 25 May 2012

Jubilee workshops Saturday 2nd June

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the materials we have been gathering up for our Jubilee Crafty Pint.  We have every type of red, white and blue fabric in our favourite stripes, spots and gingham…
Bundles of trims…
And of course buttons galore…
We will be making flags to wave, celebrating 60 years of British culture and sweet rosettes to wear at your street parties.  Whatever you love about Britain, if it’s the Queen, her corgis, the NHS or bluebell woods, come and celebrate with a special Crafty Pint and make a flag that sums up your own jubilee.  We will be playing music from the last 60 years, baking some special Jubilee cakes and will have a 60 years quiz.  For us at Crafty Pint, one of the most amazing things about Britain is the NHS, so we will be donating our profits to St. George’s hospital from this special Jubilee event.
The Jubilee Crafty Pint is open on Saturday 2nd June from 2pm to 5pm at the Tooting Tram & Social and costs £15 per person. Price includes all your materials and homemade cakes, you just need to bring extra beer money!  This workshop is suitable for adults and children from age 8 with help from a parent or carer. No previous experience is needed.

Visit to book a place.
Tooting Tram & Social
46-48 Mitcham Road
London SW17 9NA
Nearest Tube – Tooting Broadway on the Northern Line - Map.

Thursday 24 May 2012

Workshops at Craft Central

Embroider a souvenir handkerchief with Gillian from Fabric Nation. We provide all the materials, including pure cotton hankies, embroidery silks and for inspiration, our collection of vintage souvenir hankies and textile design books. You will be handle vintage souvenirs from the 30s to 60s and learn about souvenir hankie designs and embroidery at this workshop.
With our tuition and top tips you will design and stitch your own hankie all handmade by you.

Thursday 28th June 6.30pm – 9pm
£25 includes all materials and refreshments
All workshops are suitable for beginners.
Book your workshop place here.

Print Your Own Tea Towel with Gillian from Fabric Nation. We provide all the materials, including pure cotton tea towels, fabric inks and for inspiration, our collection of vintage tea towels and textile design books.
With our tuition and top tips you will design and cut your own lino block and print up a tea towel, all handmade by you. We use a soft lino which is much easier to cut than the traditional lino you might remember from your school days. All inks are washable and non-toxic, but do bring a pinny in case of inky stains. The inks are fixed by ironing, so your finished tea towel can be used and washed. That’s if you don’t plan to frame your work of art! Take a peek at our Facebook album to see all the fab things we made at our previous printing workshops.

Saturday 30th June 11am – 2pm
£25 includes all materials and refreshments
All workshops are suitable for beginners and children from age 8 are welcome accompanied by an adult.
Book your workshop place here.

All workshops take place at Craft Central

Craft Central
33-35 St John’s Square
London EC1M 4DS

Nearest tube Farringdon.  Or a short walk / bus from Old Street or Angel.
Bus routes 63, 55, 243 and 153.

The workshops are part of the Seaside Sisters summer showcase at Craft Central running from Tuesday 26th June to Saturday 30th June.  See for more info.

Tuesday 15 May 2012


I am gathering up red, white and blue fabrics galore for my Diamond Jubilee Souvenir workshops, with the Seaside Sisters, part of the all day Jubilee festival in Battersea Park, curated by Hemingway Design and Clare Patey, on Sunday 3rd June.

Join us by the boating lake to screen print a parade flag to wave & keep as a souvenir, or sew a ruffle rosette to wear.  You can draw on paper bunting inspired by favourite memories from the jubilee celebrations or from the past 60 years to be added to string for a display that grows over the day or make diamond charms to carry or wear.  You can even go Victorian style and decorate a bicycle wheel or hoop with patriotic colours. Create giant floral signs and garlands decorated with flowers made from plastic bag strips in the style of those used in Queen Victorias Jubilee.
Tickets for the festival are available here -

All aboard...

Nice film of the tea towel printing workshop on board the Lightship LV21 last summer...