Friday, 24 July 2015

Bunting Workshop - the outcomes

This week saw my second workshop and it was nice to have some different faces attend.
The room layout worked so well last time that I kept it the same but added more tables for the extra numbers.
Different types of fabric was brought to the workshop.  The above is special as Penny wanted to make some for her daughter's wedding in September.  Once we were organised and settled I did give her a hand as she had so many to do.  It is going to look fantastic and I hope I get to see a few photos after the big day.
Fabric was also recycled.  Nicola brought in an oil cloth table cloth and when marked out and cut up then stitched to the webbing, it looked just like the expensive bunting found on line.  really impressed with this outcome.
Judie also recycled some fabric includ8ing some of her husbands work shirts as he has recently retired and no longer needs that many!
Julie said that she had not really sewn since she was at school and the class was a surprise from her family, who had also bought her some fabric to bring.  Well Julie completed this set of bunting for her grand daughter and started another set for her grandson so her skills soon came back after a quick go over the sewing machine.  
This is a section of her first set of bunting.  So neatly stitched as well.
The oil cloth above will soon be on a very glamorous shed and Guide hut and the colours really popped and will look very colourful.  This is from The Range.

There was also a 14 year old called Sophie who is over from Canada and is staying with Penny.  She was brilliant and I gave her some fabric so make some bunting for herself and take back to Canada.  Lovely young lady who did really well with a bunch of ladies that she had never met before!

So another very enjoyable class.  The examples I made did help a lot and the instructions and materials were just right for the bunting to work first time.  The length of time was just right but no body seemed to need much help but all said how nice it was to get out of the house, have a chat and how relaxing it is to make something original.  i think I am so used to rushing around solving one problem after another that i felt a bit redundant.

having just read a blog where a lady went for a private crochet class and came away with nothing, learnt nothing and was charged more than the agreed price I hope that this group felt that they got value for money, enjoyment and learnt how to make something else that would make a lovely gift  for a child's bedroom, party or the garden.

What to offer next?
A UFO day or clothes making/altering.

Need to finish the bunting I started for my sister in law after the workshop....well I felt the need to have a go afterwards as well.  I have really enjoyed making them...they can be quite addictive!!

Have a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Absence due to planning

Many people seem to have vanished from blogland at the included.

I have been silly busy at work which should slow down after this coming week and I have been trying to build up a presence on Facebook to get my workshops moving.  When everyone says that Facebook is viral I would have to disagree as it is not spreading the word quite as quickly as I would have thought.  Anyway...keep soldiering on.

I do have another workshop on 22nd July to teach how to measure, select fabric and make bunting.  I have had great fun making 4 different versions and if I ever reach 100 likes for my page I am going to have a give away for one of them.
I could quite happily make bunting all day!

Yesterday I had my second booking for 1:1 Home Sewing Tuition  ( a bit like the ones you have for other subjects such as English and Maths....why not sewing, art and crafts too?)  I can do GCSE exam paper tuition too but I suppose that would be for those who really needed a high grade to go on to a follow on course so I have not really advertised that.

So I am planning several ideas and let my young student choose which one she would like to do.

My daughter has asked for a craft party for her birthday in November so that is in the future but in the appointment book already.

I have also had several enquiries for basic beginners Crochet in Ausgust as a result of posting some of my crochet work on Facebook, so that has been positive too.  My crochet as moved on an awful lot this year so yes I can do a beginners class quitre easily and the basics is sometimes all people want to do in the evenings.
Next week we are dropping the usual timetable and I have 22 students for a whole week making and creating all sorts of things.
First up is a charity project and I am borrowing The Giving Bunny idea from Urban Threads
I saw this just over a year ago but it was too late for me use it.  We are going to make several each, one for each student to take home and the rest will be sold to raise money for a local charity.

This is my version complete with mini scarf.  I have made a few already and I have decided to enlarge the template so that students with motor skill difficulty can still access this.
Should be fun.
Then the rest of the week will be felt making, mixed media canvas and card making.  Plus my ever popular Monster Making.  This will be its 5th year!
So a busy week of making and for once my daughter will be able to attend as she has been taught my someone else this year.
I will try and update my blog more often but like many others I my visitors dramatically dropped and comments went from double figures down to 1 if I was lucky and I got really disillusioned as it can take time to put these posts together with text and images.
The summer break is nearly here and I do have lots of work to do for September but i will also make time for Indigo Blue.
If you are on the go yo can also find me at the sites below.
Links at the top of this blog too.
Facebook: Indigo Blue Designs Textiles & workshops 
Instagram: Indigo Blue
  There are links to everything else on all of them and they should all be mobile p0hone friendly.  Even my website which I am changing to give info on my workshops and less on the making although I will still consider commission's if you would like something personalised or have an idea you wish to have made up.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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