Friday, 6 April 2012

Knicker Making - Hen Party

A fun knicker making hen party, lots of lovely pants made! This one was at Bristol Folk House for the lovely Amanda, who is having a very handmade DIY wedding and has made lots of wonderful things, some of which you can read about here:
A great creative group to work with and they all made some amazing knockout knickers!
Best wishes to Amanda (and Darren) for the future.

Pattern cutting

... tackling the elastic


Knickers to you all

Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Crafty Hen

Coming soon Julie will be launching a new crafty hen party website and will be working with professional crafts people all over the country to deliver these.
Although the website isn't in place yet, she does have many crafts people on board already to take bookings. So contact her if you are interested

We offer fun craft workshops for hen parties delivered by professional crafts people. Our friendly tutors will help you make many things to use and wear.
We offer sessions in making garters, knickers or nipple tassels, jewellery, corsages and also offer bunting workshops, which you can use to decorate your wedding.
We offer vintage options in some of our workshops as well, where you can incorporate vintage fabrics and antique lace into your creations. 

We can come to your chosen location to run the session or use some of specially selected café’s and bars in major cities across the country. Who can offer afternoon teas or bubbly, let us know what you are looking for.


All our experienced practitioners offer our core range of workshops below, but also offer their own sessions using their specialities. Once we have received your enquiry we can let you know what else we can offer you.

Garter Making
- create a garter from lace and ribbons. Make fabrics flowers, add bows, beads and trims to personalise, it could be your something blue!
 *vintage option available using vintage and antique lace*

Corsages & Accessories
– Use pretty fabrics to create brooches, corsages and hair accessories. Add beads and sequins for that extra bit of sparkle. Maybe even co-ordinate your accessories to go with your wedding outfit
. *vintage option available using vintage fabrics and scarves*

Cocktail Rings
- Design and make your own statement rings using beads & sequins or layered plastics. You’ll create stylish and fun jewellery that can accessorize any outfit. Other jewellery can also be made.
Knicker Customisation – Create your own unique designs using fabric paint and pens, appliqué (layered fabrics), ribbons and Swarovski Crystals.
Bunting – create your own strings of bunting with no sewing involved! Choose from a selection of pretty fabrics. We can provide fabrics that co-ordinate with any scheme and so can be used to decorating your wedding. *vintage option available using vintage fabrics and scarves* 

Tiara Making – Make your own stunning beaded and silver wired tiaras using glass beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls.  
Nipple Tassels - Make your own burlesque tassels using sequins, glitter and tassels and twirl the night away. (We can’t help you with your moves though!)
Bookings cost £28 per person, with discounts available for groups 15 or more people. Vintage options are £30 per person. This fee includes all workshop materials, equipment and expert tuition. The sessions last between 2 & 3 hours depending on the activity. Minimum guest charge is for 8 people.
Sessions can be held in a venue of your choice including your home, hire cottage etc. All we need is a table space for everyone and a bit extra room to put our wonderful bounty of materials. Venues can also be arranged in most major cities but may incur additional charges from the venue.
Additional travel costs may need to be charged, depending on workshop location, but as we work with workshop leaders all over the country we try and avoid passing this cost to you whenever possible.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

upcoming Summer courses & Workshops Bristol / Monmouth / Maidenhead

For Adults:

Courses for Spring/ Summer 2012

Retro Sewing Weds 5.30 -7.30pm starts 2 May (5 weeks)Bristol Folk House
Fabric Manipulation Weds 7.45 - 9.45pm starts 2 May (5 weeks)Bristol Folk House
Print Making (Various Techniques) Weds 5.30 -7.30pm starts 13 June (5 weeks) Bristol Folk House
Fabric Dyeing: Batik & Shibori Weds 7.45 - 9.45pm starts 13 June (5 weeks)Bristol Folk House

Workshops for Spring/ Summer 2012

Sewing for Beginners: Cushion Sat 5 May 10am - 1pm Bristol Folk House
Sewing for Improvers: Zip purse Sat 5 May 1.30 - 4.30pm Bristol Folk House
Study Morning - Workshop inspired by da Vinci's Drawings Sat 12 May Bristol Museum
Clasp / Snap Frame Purse Sat 12 May 2- 4.30pm Bristol Folk House
No Sew Bunting Sat 19 May 1 - 4pm Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
No Sew Bunting Sat 26 May Shire Hall, Monmouth
Corsage (Textile) Making 23 June 1 - 5pm Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Skirt in A Day Sat 30 June 10am - 4pm Bristol Folk House
Paper Making Sun 1 July Shire Hall, Monmouth
Felt Making Sat 7 July 10am - 4pm Bristol Folk House
Clutch Bag in A Day Sat 14 July 10am - 4pm Bristol Folk House
Print your own Stationery (rubber stamp block making) Sun 15 July Shire Hall, Monmouth
Fabric Dyeing: Batik & Shibori Workshop Sat 22 Sept Shire Hall, Monmouth

For Families /Young people:

Tues 3 April Drop in workshop for families with children 7+ at Bristol Museum linked to Da Vinci exhibition
Fri 6th / Sat 7th April No Limits Youth Arts Festival various workshops suitable for children / young people aged 5+ running throughout both days at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Tues10 April Drop in workshop for families with children 7+ at Bristol Museum linked to Da Vinci exhibition
Sat 19 May Bunting making10.30 -12.30 Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Sat 26 May Bunting making Shire Hall, Monmouth
Thursday 7 June Drop in workshop for families with children 7+ at Bristol Museum linked to Da Vinci exhibition
Sat 23 June Summer T-shirt Painting 10.30 -12.30 Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Felt Cakes

I had lots of fun making these handmade felt cakes, they are meant to be a project idea for next year, but I actually really liked making them... I feel more may come!

Lino Print Workshop

Some of the fantastic prints made in the last lino printing workshop... Taking a break from this one for a little while but I will be running a printmaking workshop at  Bristol Folk House 7th Jan 2012, 
0117 926 2987

Lantern Workshops for Illuminate Festival

Some of the lanterns being made for Illuminate Festival in St Georges Park
A video of the full project is here

Clutch bag workshop

Some of the lovely examples from my Clutch bag workshop a little while ago.
This one was at the Folk House, Bristol. Next class 17th March call 0117 926 2987