Fab Furoshiki!

box n hankie

Furoshiki fabric & Festival of Britain objects

Some more great finds from charity shops this week- a 1951 Festival of Britain hankie to go with my box from the same era and a piece of Furoshiki fabric.


Apparently the fabric is used for wrapping presents in Japan and used to be for bundling up clothes when people went to the public baths! There’s loads of beautiful ones on the internet- I haven’t decided what to make from mine yet!

I’ve been on a course on how to improve my website- so expect some changes here soon!

Another successful art class for children on Saturday, again with interesting results..

Chloe print

Chloe’s Garden print.

Missie print

Missie’s ‘Meteox Shower’ print.

Half term is approaching so I’m getting ready for my first children’s workshop- making Modroc masks. I’m sure the young artists will produce something more exciting than mine!

Modroc mask example

Print- tastic!

It was lovely to meet new people this week who popped into the studio to say hi! I enjoyed chatting about retro bargains, arts and crafts, wedding decorations and the trials of being a teacher!

I finished making some more bunting out of baby books and they look lovely and bright hanging in the studio.


My new arty crafty classes for kids were fun too- this week we were block printing. The results were great and the children enjoyed themselves.

This week I won’t be in the studio Wednesday daytime as I’m off on  a course. Evening classes will be happening as usual though – see you then!

Changes Afoot!

There are some changes afoot to my evening classes for adults….I’m going to be running monthly craft workshops on a Wednesday evening instead of the 7 to 7.55pm classes. Don’t worry core crafters- the 8 to 8.55 class is unchanged!

The first workshop will be on the 10th of February from 5.15pm to 7.30pm and it’s needle felting. Most folks who’ve tried it think it’s quite therapeutic stabbing pieces of wool to mesh it into a solid shape! The £25 includes all materials, teas and biscuits.  Come and try it out!

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Christmas Crafts for All Ages!

It’s been an extra crafty week this week!

I really enjoyed running a workshop at Moat Park  retirement village near Dunmow. The participants were really enthusiastic and very pleased with their Christmas decopatch decorations and their seasonal wreaths. They were all great and so different from each other! The conversation was lovely too- not to mention the cakes!

The Kids Christmas Workshops I ran on Saturday were also a success. The children enjoyed making wreaths and paper flowers and there was indeed plenty of glitter and sparkles! It didn’t take me too long to get rid of the glitter.. Keep your eyes peeled for Children’s Art and Craft workshops coming in the New Year.

For the week coming up  I will only be opening the studio for a half day on Wednesday – evening classes as usual though and no class on Friday .


Here are some of my latest vintage finds- on sale at the studio! Yummy colour..

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