Friday, 27 November 2015

Crafting the day away

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I've been experimenting with some new crafts lately.  There's a couple of things I can't show off quite yet (super secret Christmas pressies and all that) but these ones I can.  The fun stuff.

On Sunday, I went along to a craft afternoon hosted by Laura Ashley.  We were in The Butterfly and the Pig again, venue of my last crafty outing in Glasgow, and were treated to an awesome day of decoupage and needle felting, fuelled by tea and cake.  I had no idea that Laura Ashley had been around so long (sixty years young!) or that the brand started out as a tea towel designer, and the learning didn't stop there.  We were gathered up to test out their crafting kits - the ideal present for creative types this Christmas.

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The lovely ladies from The Crafty Hen were on hand to make sure we didn't make a total mess of things - useful, since we began with the decoupage, a craft involving gluing ripped paper to wooden letters.  Definitely one of the more fiddly jobs I've attempted recently.  We only had time to do a letter or two before we moved on to the next activity, but I was pleased with my progress by the end, even if my slapdash style wasn't the most elegant...

After a brief pause to inhale some cake (maple and pecan for me, yum!) we moved on to needle felting.  Now, I tried it for the first time last Friday at the Country Living Fair and pretty much hated it.  I was given a template and a pin and I couldn't get that donkey to look like it was meant to look at all.  Not to mention, I stabbed my thumb and it stung for hours afterward.  I know, I know, woe is me.  This time, however, we were just trying out flat designs and the tool was a multi-needle...thingie...with a protective shield.  So, despite managing to stab myself again, it was a lot less dangerous for a beginner.  First I made a sheep in a Santa hat, then tried a Christmas pudding and finally a stocking.  The latter didn't turn out very professional looking, but I'm pretty pleased with my first attempts.

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We used the Home Decopapier kit and the Needle Felting kit - both come stuffed with enough materials for plenty of projects.  I'm already planning a trip to the craft shop for more wooden letters to make use of all the pretty patterned paper, and I barely made a dent in the pile of wool included in the felting kit.  There's a chance everyone I know will be getting handmade Christmas decorations soon... It turns out Laura Ashley sell a rather excellent array of gifts for crafters - I'll be keeping that in mind for the future, especially since my friend is wildly jealous of my needle felting creations!

Thanks to Laura Ashley, Joe Bloggers and The Crafty Hen for an ace day out!

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