Thursday, 14 June 2012

From one extreme to the other!

Usually I forget to write my blog for weeks on end and yet, here I am, three posts in two days!

Over the jubilee weekend my daughter Jessica of Time for Tea Beads and my friend the lovely Jo Gross of Floating on the Breeze, both had tables at Spitalfields Market in London, they both sold plenty of their beautiful makes and I went along with Blooming Felt's Sarah to browse!
Jess looking slightly apprehensive but gorgeous as always!

Some Time for Tea Beads

Jo's Floating on the Breeze handmade books

It was a really lovely day and we managed to squeeze in lunch, coffee and cake and a visit to Brick Lane as well!

I also taught a lovely group of ladies about sewing patchwork cushions by hand, this workshop took place in the Richmond Room at Hylands Stables Visitor Centre, where I have a studio space as one of their Resident Artists

Finally, I must mention a pretty little shop which has opened selling handmade crafts made by local people.  It is called Handmade High Street and is at 6 Sir Isaacs Walk in Colchester town centre.  I have some felt flowers and decopatch hearts for sale and there are lots of other lovely crafts to see and buy.

Exciting Stuff

Workshops seem to be taking up all my time at the moment, not only do we have an absolutely fantastic selection of workshops at The Make It Room and at Hylands House but I have been invited to teach wet feltingat the Knit & Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace.  I am running this in conjunction with the very lovely Sarah from Blooming Felt who has lots of exciting stuff going on at her Shedquarters!

I have spent today listing new sewing workshops on The Make It Room website, have a look!
Beginner's Sewing
Summer Top
Sewing Workshops

I went on a trip to Snape Maltings with my lovely friend Pauline, such a beautiful place, really inspiring - galleries and lots of interesting little shops plus Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth sculptures, I can highly recommend a visit.
I have been making felt pods this week (as well as lampshades!), lovely Sam from the WI came to a felting workshop last week and having made bowls with her, wanted to make more!
So a big thank you to Sam, for making me start felting bowls again, I hadn't made any for a year!

We had a lovely polymer clay workshop on Saturday, taught by my daughter Jess of Time for Tea Beads (see the link at the side), the two Mums and daughters who attended had a wonderful time and were surprised by what they were able to create!
More news tomorrow!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Busy days

In the last month, I have been all over the place!  My daughter Jess and I went to the absolutely amazing Living Crafts show at Hatfield House.  We had a wonderful time, met some really lovely ladies from the Mid-Herts Guild of Spinners who taught us how to use a drop spindle, so of course, we had to buy our own to practise at home - next stop a spinning wheel!  The show was brimming full of fantastic crafts and unusually for us, we spent a whole day there (and the sun shone) - we came away full of ideas and enthusiasm.

There have been lots of workshops taking place at The Make It Room, we spent a lovely Creative Felt Day making needlefelted mice and nuno felted scarves

 The workshop bookings are really picking up and we have many new and exciting crafts to offer.  From July we have Lampshade Making workshops available, you will be able to come along and will learn how to make your own drum lampshade in your own fabric.


Saturday, 28 April 2012

Two posts in two days!

While yesterday's Vintage & Makers market is still fresh in my mind I'm taking the opportunity to post a few images instead of leaving it for months on end!

The market in the Shire Hall in Chelmsford was run by the lovely Jo Meadows  and was a very successful day despite the horrible weather!  Jess and I shared a stall with the very talented Jo Gross who had a first outing for her new venture, Floating on the Breeze, It was also the first market for Jess and her Time for Tea Beads.

Off to my studio at Hylands House today to put everything back in its place, if you have time, come and visit us - we're open in the Stables Visitor Centre, upstairs above the cafe!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Busier still!

Well,I did it again, so much going on completely forgot my blog!  I have a good excuse though, many excuses in fact!

I have had some of my felt and decoupage in A Passion for Fashion a vintage shop in Maldon High Street thanks to Julie, its a shame but the shop has closed its doors this week having been open as a pop up shop since before Christmas.

As well as this, I have had lots of my bits and pieces in the Chelmsford Community Pop Up Shop in High Chelmer, thanks to Cherry Ann Hall, this has been a fab opportunity with masses of people frequenting the shop and lots of exposure for the many artists involved. The shop has stayed open much longer than expected so has been a real success, last day tomorrow.

My youngest daughter, Jess and I went to Kew Gardens to visit the orchid exhibition there, of course as always, we left it till the last possible minute and so did everyone else it seemed!  Nevertheless the flowers were absolutely amazing and we came home inspired to make a new range of felt flowers in similar colours

These flower corsages are now completed and on sale in the Handmade on the High Street shop which opens tomorrow in St. Isaac's Walk in Colchester, and much as I would love to be there, I will be having a stall at the Vintage and Handmade Market in the Shire Hall in Chelmsford.  Everything is ready to go and I am sharing the table with Jess who will be selling her fabulous polymer clay beads from her Etsy shop, Time For Tea Beads,  and also with the lovely Jo Gross whose new enterprise is named Floating on the Breeze, stocking beautiful handmade books.

Jo and Jess both teach workshops at at my home in Howe Green.  We have had a full programme of workshops over the last couple of months - multiple workshops running in Art Clay Silver with Andrea Neale, wet felting and needlefelting in conjunction with, bookbinding, jewellery making, sewing, knitting as well as a two week programme of children's Easter workshops which were very successful.  I had a lovely chat with Etholle George on BBC Essex explaining about these and giving the other guests the opportunity to have a go at some decopatch!

Another lovely workshop today with Andrea, Pearls and Flowers Bracelet

So all in all, a busy time, but this didn't stop us making trips out to our favourite places and the celebration of multiple birthdays at home over the Easter weekend - lots of cocktails and sore heads the next day!

If you have a chance, come along tomorrow and visit us at the Shire Hall!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Must remember to write my Blog!

Another month has slipped by and I have forgotten to write my blog but I have been exceedingly busy! We have started holding workshops in The Make It Room - so far, lots of felting, bookbinding, art clay silver, sewing and Decopatch.
Decopatch Piggy Banks

The space is perfect for holding classes, light airy and warm!

The Make It Room ready for felting!

My friend Sarah runs a fantastic company called Blooming Felt which is just across the road from me at Howe Green in Chelmsford and as Sarah is a supplier for a lot of the items I use in felt making, we have been running workshops in conjunction with one another.  Once the workshop has finished at The Make It Room, on selected dates  Blooming Felt's amazing Shedquarters is open for shopping so that participants can nip across the road for essential supplies!  Have a look at her lovely website

Merino wool tops ready to use
Felt and felt flowers

Andrea has run a very successful Art Clay Silver Workshop and Jo has held some Bookbinding workshops, we've all had a try and are well and truly hooked!
Art Clay Silver Leaf
 We have lots of new and exciting thing coming during this year so keep an eye on the website

There is a great deal going on at the studio at Hylands this year, working from there as Love From Lynne I have workshops and events planned throughout the year, a garden show, jubilee events, beacon lighting with drop in craft sessions and plenty of lovely workshops - cushion making, bunting, spring aprons, owl cushions, children's button jewellery and shabby chic furniture painting

Our Coffee, Cake and Craft sessions at Hylands are going from strength to strength, we had a very busy get together today, we have a group of lovely ladies all interested in different crafts plus new members joining each month, it's too good to miss - 2 hours crafting and you only need to contribute if you have coffee and cake and even then it's only £1!  There was much chatting and crafting today!

As well as selling my makes from my studio at Hylands on Sundays and Mondays, I will be having a stall at the Vintage and Handmade Market at the Shire Hall in Chelmsford on Saturday 28th April  as well as other events which I will list later.  I have just confirmed that I will be teaching children's workshops at the Maldon Arts Trail in September.

Apart from all these things, I'm still finding time to make a few bits and pieces, my latest attempt - felt slippers, what do you think?  I'm doing some patchwork too but I'll save that for my next post because I keep getting distracted by making felt!

Finally, we went to the Essex Bead Fair at Five Lakes today and bought lots of new stuff to keep us going throughout the year!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

New things for a new year

Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year, even if it is a bit belatedly!

I've been busy as always and have been setting up my new workshop at my house. My other half Gary has converted his considerable shed into a beautiful room so that I can  run craft workshops at home.

The new workshop

The entrance to the workshop

I have been teaching workshops at home in my lounge for the last few months as The Make It Room and this has been very successful but means that I am forever tidying up indoors! Hence the move outside!

The lounge with the beautiful wallpaper

I used the very lovely wallpaper in this room as the inspiration for The Make It Room and had Artwork by Angie design the branding for me, she is absolutely wonderful so use her if you need some help, she did exactly what I asked

The new Make It Room Postcard
So now the new workshop is ready and I'm moving stuff in all the time. it is lined with tongue and groove panelling which I am dying to paint but have promised to leave it for a few months to dry out! I have already held a couple of felting workshops in there and the room is lovely to work in, lots of natural light from two velux windows in the roof and a big window at the front!
Inside the workshop

So work has commenced on the website and Alex my daughter's boyfriend has built the website for me so that I can do the easy part and fill it up!  Have a look and see what you think! .  My friends Andrea and Jo are going to teach lots of workshops too:  Andrea Art Clay Silver and jewellery making; and Jo Sugar craft cake decorating and bookbinding.  Of course, this necessitates us having lots of practice runs to make all the examples for the website!

Art Clay Silver by Andrea
Felted scarves by Lynne
Sugarcraft flowers by Jo