Christmas Window Workshop

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The photo is the Christmas window at Can Do Books three years ago, my first one. This year the window decorating is going to be a collaborative affair, so I am going to hold two workshops at Can Do Books to collect helpers and show what will be made.
There are three versions of what we will be making: one will be felt (sewn), one knitted, and one crocheted.
Make as many items as you would like one to one hundred, all will be welcomed. Make them in your favourite way of crafting or try all three.

What to bring:
Felt Sewers: basic sewing kit – needles, scissors, etc.
Knitters: 5 DPN needles 3.5mm size, needle to sew in ends, scissors.
Crocheters: 3.5mm hook, needle to sew in ends, scissors.
At the workshop you will receive the pattern for the item we will be making for the window.
Kits will be available for purchase at $5 each. The kit contains materials to make one of the items for the window display.

Times:
Wednesday August 17, 2016. 6.30pm to 9.30pm (This one is being held in conjunction with the regular Looped group)
OR
Saturday August 20, 2016. 11:00am to 12.30pm
If you would like to come along to one of the workshops contact Stephanie 1300 308 261
Can Do Books: 608 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122

I’m looking forward to the workshops, they should be fun.

Christmas Window Workshops

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This year the Christmas window decoration at Can Do Books is going to be a collaborative affair. Last year a few of us made lots and lots and lots of penguins, the year before I made lots of amigurumi animals and wrapped balls. So, the more helpers we get the better.
There are three versions of what we will be making: one will be felt (sewn), one knitted, and one crocheted.
Make as many items as you would like one to one hundred, all will be welcomed. Make them in you favourite way of crafting or try all three.
There are going to be two workshops held, attend whichever is most convenient.
The first is on Wednesday August 17th, 2016. This is a Looped Meet-up group and there will be a presentation at 7pm.
The second is on Saturday August 20th, 2016 from 11am to 12.30pm
I will post more information closer to the dates.

Quilling

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Yesterday I did a quilling class at Can Do Books with Christine Donehue, a quilling expert from Sydney. Quilling is rolling long thin pieces of papers into various coil shapes, then putting all the shapes together to make something. We made a mandala. The first photo is how much I had done at the end of the class. I came home and finished it, second photo. The blue mandala is one the teacher made, a gift. Mine isn’t bad for a first try. Need to get those coils closer and more consistent. Thank you Christine and Stephanie for a very nice few hours.

Bobbin Lace Class

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Today is the second lesson in bobbin lace at the Embroiderer’s Guild. I finished my homework, completing the sampler from last week. Here it is before and after taking it off the lace pad. It is only small, so I thought a photo with my hand would help to show it’s size.

Bobbin Lace Class

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Yesterday I went to my first bobbin lace class at the Embroiderer’s Guild. Here are some photos as it went along. This is a sample piece to learn the different stitches, tension, when to put in pins, lots of things to learn. I managed to break one of the threads and run out of thread on one of the bobbins, two things too early in the class lessons to learn how to fix, hence the couple of threads being held away with extra pins.

Bobbin Lace Class

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I have signed up to do a bobbin lace class at the Embroiderer’s Guild. It starts on Thursday, there are four lessons, three Thursdays in a row, miss one, then the next Thursday. I have borrowed a lace pad (the green thing in the photo) and some bobbins from a friend. I have always been drawn to bobbin lace work, but the amount of bobbins and pins has put me off a bit. When the beginners class was offered at the Guild I thought I should at least learn how to do it before deciding whether it is for me or not.