Last Monday three ladies came up to the Barn for a hat workshop.
"What a FAB class today we all made gorgeous hats, well impressed. Food, company and the teacher excellent. Thank-you Kate." Alka
Wedensday saw the first of three holiday workshops for youngsters. The children designed a stuffed animal, drew then cut out patterns, cut out the fabric pinned and then sewed them up finishing off by stuffing them with stuffing from old pillows. Here are a few pictures:
I have been most neglectful of blog writing, other things get right in the way! I put together a wee email of News and I thought I would share it on here too, perhaps it will kick start the habit of writing regularly.
Sometime ago I had planned (even written …. in my head) a wee email to those who are interested in what's happening at the Needlesmiths Studio. Time has passed rapidly and here we are already a week into August. I hope that you’ve been having a good summer despite the somewhat mixed weather. Wet at times it might have been but haven’t we been having some incredible cloud formations?
I haven't been on holiday exactly but did spend a lovely couple of days in Fife at a friend's daughter's wedding, near St Andrews, which is my most favorite part of Scotland, sunshiney days, wonderful views, fabulous sunsets and beautiful people, it felt very much like a holday and I came back raring to get on with art projects and courses.
Last week saw some junior Needlesmiths designing and making stuffed toys. If you know any that would like to come along on Wednesday this week, we’re going to be making Lantern mobiles. Using a paper lantern as a base for decorating and making small forms to hang from them, think hot air balloon or the sun over a collection of farm animals, space ship & stars anyone?
To round off August it is the Artmap Argyll Open Studios weekend ~ Friday 26th to Monday 29th. I am taking part and will have an exhibition of my textile artwork on display in the Barn. Do pop up and say hello at red dot number 29.
Then all of a sudden it will be September and the three day long courses at the Barn will be:
Saturday 3rd Feltmaking – a day to learn the techniques of wet felting.
Monday 5th Lampshade covers – how update an existing tired lampshade with a unique new look.
Saturday 24th Messenger Bag – make a useful and capacious bag … from a pair of trousers!
‘Sew More’ starts Monday the 5th of September for six weeks. A more advanced class following on from the ‘Sew Let’s Get Started’ course or for those who can already use a sewing machine but want to get more from it.
The ‘Stitching Time’ after school sewing club will also be starting again from Monday the 5th for 10+ and Wednesday 7th for 7+. Both sessions last an hour, start at 4.30 and cost £5.
I am delighted to tell you I have been asked by the Adult Education Department to run another series of workshops, both day and evening classes. These will also start in September for six weeks, please get in touch with Sarah Wyatt or Pam Staley at the Community Centre to book a place.
Well I think that that is all my news, oh except that I can now take credit card payments, so if you want to book ahead or gift a course to someone you can do so by email or phone.
With very best wishes & happy stitching
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