Workshops, a yarn sale and a lamp!

Sometimes too much happens and it can’t be divided into neat boxes for the blog. so today may feel like an outpouring but there are some lovely pictures too.
First the workshops – our new season is planned and out there (look for our leaflets in Praze, at Glossop Library, the sewing shop and Baytree Books). We are focusing on sewing skills and felt making. Ella has put together an amazing course for beginner and improver sewists, you can bring your own machine (useful as this is the one you will be using at home) or borrow one of ours. We keep our classes small enough for everyone to feel that they are getting the support they need. Each class is on a Wednesday evening from 7pm – 9.30pm. The Details:
18th April – Zippers  £15
Basic or Invisable – master those zips!
25th April – Cushions  £20
Accessorise! Make your sofa the envy of the neighbourhood. Bring your own fabric to ensure co-ordination (we will provide details when you book).
2nd May – Linings  £15
Line like a pro, and mend to extend the life of your favourite coat!
9th May  – Curtains   £20
Simple interior techniques to drape your windows
16th May – Buttonholes and Buttons   £15
How to sew buttonholes for that ‘pro’ finish.
23rd May – Finishing  £15
Pretty seams and other designer secrets to make the most of your projects!
30th May – Pockets  £15
From jetted to patch, Ella knows lots of ways to make your pockets complement your garment!
Still time to book on the Beginners Crochet class tomorrow afternoon – 1pm – 4pm.
Felt Making
Thursday 19th April – Make a delicate scarf in Nuno Felt with Hannah Dodd of  Crafty Old Bags, 7 – 9.30pm £20
Thursday 3rd May – Introducing Felt Making – have a go at painting with fibre to create your own unique fabric, embellishing by machine or hand and maybe a bit of 3D work too.  7 – 9.30pm £20
Stained Glass
Saturday 14th April – Introducing Stained Glass with Catherine Carr  10 – 4pm, £40
Next the Yarn Sale – we have put our Winter yarns on sale. You can find details at our new eBay shop (still under development style wise but fir for purpose if you’re buying!). Rowan yarns in the Sale include Lima, Cocoon, British Sheep Breeds DK, British Sheep Breeds Boucle and Alpaca Chunky. Tomorrow I’ll be adding some of the Manos single skeins we have in Lace, Silk Blend and Clasica.
Now, the pictures… Yesterday, Alex of Snowdon Design and Craft (whose bags and cards we carry in the shop) brought along Charlie who crafts these stunning lamps in the ‘cludgie’. Needless to say he left without it

and we are now proud to add Kiku Design and Craft to our roster of artists.


Yet more wonderful stuff has arrived at The Studios. It’s like Christmas! Yesterday we met Alex from Snowdon Design and Craft, a local company producing ethically sourced, hand printed bags and cards. They are yummy! Alex has a background in graphic design and this shines through.. We love the colours too, subtle but strong shades of green, blue, red and brown. All complementing the wicked sense of humour that runs through the range.

A Cautionary Tale of Two Blankets

Or is it a tale about finishing? This is my Lizard Ridge blanket.

I started it in 2009 and the plan was to have a  completed blanket for my 50th birthday in August 2010. I bought the yarn each month and knit two squares; each square is a different colourway. Towards the end of this project I sourced yarn from the States as I had used every colourway available here. I laid the squares out, planned the sewing up, bought the yarn for the edging, started sewing and after 2 strips…stopped. No reason, still love it, clearly I’m now a year plus past my target and wonder if that is why I have put it aside. Should I leave it until my 60th is looming? Or should I seize the moment and just do it?

This is Cathy’s crocheted blanket – I’m not sure if it has a name or a printed pattern. Isn’t it lovely.

As you can see this is in a plastic bag! It’s not been waiting as long as the Lizard but I worry for it.
And now I worry for Erika’s blanket. Erika is crocheting this granny square throw from the Rowan Purelife Home book.

Erika is over half way through now – the home stretch. What example are we setting? Will Erika finish?

Our new range of pottery is just in – Catherine Boyne-Whitelegg drove over from York yesterday to deliver her quirky, individual and distinctive work. A typical Peak District drive for this time of year – sunny then cloudy, then cloudy then sunny! It was so lovely to meet her, much nicer than a courier delivery (although we love our couriers too!). After we had unpacked we had a great cup of tea and a chat.

So last night I traveled to (a very quiet Ikea) to buy a new set of shelves for the shop and put them up today with the help of Ben from the Craft Centre and a borrowed mallet from High Peak Cycles (we have such good neighbours).

Today has been very quiet – good because it’s meant I’ve got some stuff done but I wonder if being next to the building site for the new M&S is having an effect. Spread the word – we’re open and we have some wonderful gift ideas for Mothers Day!