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Modern Macrame Class at The Village Haberdashery with Obby

I was sent a book recently called Macrame, by Fanny Zendenius ( Published by Quadrille). I loved and was inspired by all the images in it, but was a bit stumped at how to get started. Macrame is the art of knot tying to create beautiful wall hangings, plant pot holders and even curtains. For the first time in ages  I’ve been inspired to acquire a new craft skill ( well since last week)  so I was delighted when I was invited by the amazing website Obby.co.uk to come along to the Modern Macrame Class at the newly based The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead. Obby.co.uk is a totally inspiring creative class booking website, they believe fully that one-on-one learning is the best way and have some wonderful workshops listed.

I arrived a bit early to my class on Saturday morning, the journey from South-London was pretty fast, so it gave me time to have a little mooch around the store. On the first floor of the newly renovated West Hampstead Square my initial impression was how light and bright the space was, more like a studio than a craft cave. Stocked with a sizeable collection of fabrics, yarns and wonderful collection of craft kits, some of which got me drooling! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and there was a lovely buzz. At the back of the store there was the studio space, surrounded by windows again was light bright and airy.

Once in, I was greeted by our teacher Susana (aka @tentliving) a hugely talented Macrame expert, who showed us some examples of what we could do with the knots we were going to learn in the class. We all used t-shirt yarn and chose our colours, I used coral pink. Next we created a place to hang our wooden sticks, you can use anything at the right height, a clothes rail or even a chair on a table!

We began by using the Larks Head which is basically the way to set up your weaving. Then we worked in left facing square knots and Clove Hitch knots. I felt like I had used some of the knots before for example in friendship bracelet making the Clove Hitch is the same as a Forward Knot and the Square Knot is the same as a Paracord Knot in knitting.

Chatting to the women in the class, some were there because they felt like they weren’t creative but wanted a challenge, some found their day jobs stressful and found craft a great way to break the routine and others were clearly creative and like me wanted to try something new.

The tips you get from an expert in a class really are undeniably the best way to learn. If you fancy trying something new or even fancy hosting your own workshops I would highly recommend taking a peek at Obby.co.uk, now I’m hooked I’ve ordered some cord and I’m going back to my Macrame book as now it makes complete sense!

 

Thank you to:

Susana @tentliving

Beth & Tom @obbyuk

The Village Haberdashery @vhaberdashery

 

 

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QVC Craft Launch!

Fanfare please! I’m delighted to announce QVC has launched a gorgeous new craft section to their brimming products. And guess who has been recruited to be their Craft Ambassador, you guessed it! Lil ole me… ( cute face).

My role will be to try and test the products, showing you the basics of how to use them and tell you what I really think of them. I’m so delighted to be starting at the very beginning of this crafty journey together, through QVC I will endeavour to bring you some of the most gorgeous craft kits & products in town made by some fabulous people, including Wool and The Gang, The Make Arcade and Selfie Clothing. All of which are notably home grown talent. At the moment I’m having my first test of most of the brands, I just love this “Tender Loving Clutch” by Wool and the Gang, they are such a fashion forward brand. I’ll be honest, I’m no expert knitter, but their kits are so well designed for beginners to advanced. Oh and it’s in lipstick red, my favourite colour!

I’m also loving stitching along with the instantly Instagrammable Make Arcade, the kits are bright and graphic and super fun. With a collection of miniature cross stitch kits and felted Cacti you are spoilt for choice.

Have you seen the Selfie Clothing kits? They are so much fun, they are kids colour in tops with brilliant graphics so perfect for your little budding fashion designers. Fantastically QVC have an exclusive Christmas Design range ( as well as lots of others) so keep your eyes peeled for those.

I really hope you love the products; we are going to start small and grow so any suggestions of the type of kits you would like to see, please comment below. Look forward to hearing from you and see you very soon!

 

 

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Top 6 Best Summer Umbrellas

Can you tell I’m English? Yes in the summer it does rain and no we don’t want to carry around a bland black retractable umbrella do we, do we really? Here’s my top 6 summer themed umbrellas from £10-£35.

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Craft is not just for Christmas. 5 reasons the festive season get’s us making.

Tis the season to be jolly, to decorate our homes with random pieces of delight and get ready for the biggest celebration of the year. So what makes the most non-crafty of us get the urge to pull out some glue and glitter and join the surge of creativity at this time of year?

#1 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

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Image by Erica Hoida

Burrr, yes it is a little chilly. Those long walks in the park and being outside in the warm weather have passed. It’s time to keep warm and cosy inside, but what to do? Yes there is the TV, but actually there are things you can make too, the decorations for the tree, the wreath for the front door or even Christmas cards for your friends. With more time on our hands inside, it’s no wonder we are more tempted to get making.

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Pretty Crafty Places: Stag and Bow Haberdashery

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Nestled amongst the pretty independent eateries and retro shops on Dartmouth Road in South-London’s Forrest Hill, the beautiful Stag and Bow haberdashery is a gem to be admired.

Inside the vintage styled store are a carefully curated collection of must have modern crafting materials and equipment: from Debbie Bliss Wool, to Tilly and The Buttons & Sew Over It dress making patterns and DMC thread to Jennie Maizels Iron Patches. Then there are pretty little bits that all us crafters adore, in delicate  bowls, vintage clothes and great craft books.

When I arrived on a Wednesday morning, I was greeted by a table of ladies who were all sat centrally around a large table making their personal projects, over a cup of tea in an Art Deco cup and saucer ( of course). Some were sewing, some knitting, all gossiping. Which makes me love the heart of this store, there is a huge sense of community which brings a warm and welcoming feel.

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10 of the best light box slogans on Pinterest

This year has seen the rise of the Light Box, the fun little light that can make you laugh with its adjustable slogan. With so many brands producing them for around £20 its a brilliant thing to have in your home, literally marking in words your current mood, favourite saying or party names.

Here are my favourite slogans from Pinterest. You can buy your own here.

#10 REMBER WHY YOU STARTED.

With my husband working on his start-up RangeRoom.com this year and a cousin who has been there at the beginning of Uber, this really resinates in my house!

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My Halloween Party Table

img_5404This is the third year in a row we have hosted a baby & toddler halloween get together, so I conclude this may be becoming a tradition! As a kid I do remember going trick or treating, but costumes were most defiantly hand made and not readily available in supermarkets. Sweets were most defiantly not Halloween branded, you’d be lucky to get a Quality Street. One of our neighbours used to actually give away his 1p & 2p collection in little brown bags! But this year the shops have grown their ranges massively and there are some fantastic things you can get. Needless to say, I do love Halloween and luckily so does my son!

I have a bag of props in the attic that are mainly bought from the pound shops. Much like Christmas, I buy a few new bits every year and chuck out the ones that are a bit passed it. This year I bought a giant glitter skull from Sainsbury’s and my Fred and Friends cookie cutters, which I am obsessed with ( see above and below). You can see them here on Amazon, they are amazing!

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Flora Forager, a seasonal journal collected from nature

Flora Forager aka Bridget Beth Collins has had the kind of success story I love to see on Instagram. I started following her feed around a year ago, she makes the most intricately exquisite masterpieces from flowers, twigs, leaves… Anything natural. The designs are sometimes homages to artistic masters but often totally original ideas. Through her original art she has developed a mass social media following and become a social influencer leading to artwork commissions for magazines such as Country Living and House and Garden.

She says “I love to adventure into the wildflower woodlands, mossy waterfalls, and grey sand starry expanses of the Pacific Northwest. I forage almost all of my creations from foliage and flowers plucked from our sidewalks, meadows, and woods in our neighbourhood. I have a small garden in the city, and my mother has a big rambling secret garden filled with old english roses in the sea town of Edmonds where I grew up.

I graduated with honours from Seattle Pacific University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. I grew up in the wings so to speak, and am a product of all its dark, magical, sparkly world. Though the only stage I current now is the constant one I live in. I spend my days painting, writing, and playing with my boys. (There’s a great deal of mundane thrown in, but that’s a bore to add to a bio).”

Maybe I noticed her magical work because of my own passion for fairytale, she like me studied the theatre, has a boy and LOVES flowers!

I would urge you to buy a copy of her glorious journal, to be inspired every day of the year Flora Forager: A Seasonal Journal Collected from Nature

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Current Cards I Need To Write

IMG_2308Notecards, birthday cards, new baby cards, wedding cards, thank you cards, even hi how are you cards, the list is endless. I have a little corner of my house dedicated to cards, as every month there is bound to be an event I’ve forgotten about. If I see something I like in a shop I will just buy it and hoard it for when I need it. I haven’t quite got to the stage of a present draw yet, but I know it’s coming.

Cards and props: feature window people card, Alexander Girard at Lagomdesign.co.uk. Hi & lightbulb cards, FSC.org. Doughnut card, M&S. Mini fake succulent, Paperchase. Party Blower, Talking Tables. Nail varnish, Nails Inc.