Well earned fun at the Fairs.

I had such a lovely, lovely weekend at the Christmas Fairs which I have been working SO hard towards. The Gorran School Fair was the best school fair ever! really great stalls & a fantastic atmosphere. The MAKE Fair at The Market House in St Austell was also brilliant with really good stalls with very high quality work the workshops to make things throughout the day worked really well & I would recommend it to you all to go the next time they do one. Lastly the Homespun Fair in Portscatho which had such a lovely atmosphere, lots of friends came to see us all & to support me- thank you so much! Such a beautiful day & lovely people met, It was worth the hard work & now I have to go & get on with all of the orders I’ve taken for Christmas presents. If anyone else would like me to make special things for Christmas presents please let me know before the 12th of December.

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Felted Stocking workshop.

This weekend we did the Felted Stocking workshop, it was an excellent success, everyone who came to the course was fantastic. They got to learn about the wools we were using, various techniques in how to use it-  sustainable, affordable ways of making felt & the best bit was they all got to take home their very own homemade stocking to either give as really lovely unique presents (which in my opinion means so much more than buying something in a shop) or to keep for themselves to bring out happily every year. The most interesting observation as ever is how different everyones were! They were all made from the same template, using the same techniques & the same wool but they were all so very different in the end. I’ve put up a few pictures to show you (excuse them still being a bit soggy!).

The next courses I’m organising will be in St Just in Roseland & Nanpean near St Austell, if you would like to join us on one of these days let me know


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D.I.Y. Craft.

The weather outside was grey, the wind & waves crashed onto the beach below us, but tucked away in our little village institute in the splendid village Gorran Haven we had our first ever DIY Craft morning which was a roaring success. A dozen women met, each bringing along their own talents & skills with a thirst to learn something new, a craft to take home to entertain us & keep us happy in the winter evenings. The crochet table with my lovely friend Mavis Taylor was especially busy, learning how to make the first loops & chains, some to make blankets but others to make lovely woollen crowns which they are planning to sell to fundraise for the primary schools new playground.

I taught others how to make rugs to keep our floors & knees extra warm using recycled fabrics & found sheep wool with latch hooks & bodgers. There was a lady called Maureen there to show her beautiful quilts which I have treated you to some pictures of.

We have decided to do this as a group every month as it was so very good, the next one is going to be on the 25th November.

We hope to see you there!

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Dates for your Christmas craft diary.

Just to let you know of a few lovely events which I will be taking part in over the next couple of months….

November the 11th,will be a morning of D.I.Y crafts at Gorran Haven Memorial hall. It starts at 10.30am. I will be there with my rug-making hat on so please let me know if you would like to have a go at rug making so I can buy in enough canvas.

November the 19th is a whole day of lovely feltmaking. In the class we are going to learn the basic techniques of felt-making, look at the different wools enabling everyone to get a feel for the material and how it works. By the end of the day
everyone who takes part will be able to create their very own felted stocking ready for Christmas or some felted slippers to keep your toes warm in lovely Merino or British wools- This fun craft making day starts at 10.30am
and will go on till 3pm, so you’ll need to take a packed lunch. The cost of the day is just £25 per person which includes all materials. Booking is essential and you can me (Lou) on 01726 842851 to book your place.

November the 25th Is the Gorran School Christmas fair which promises to be a lovely event to fundraise for the school, I will have a stall there but let me know if you would like to be involved it is from 3pm-5pm. See you there!

November the 26th is the MAKE Fair. In The Market house in St Austell, https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/MAKE-Christmas-craft-fair-at-the-Market-House/260329004006212 If you like lovely craft things, delicious food & cool music come along . I will be there with a stall packed with lovely unique homemade presents.

November the 27th is The Homespun Christmas Fair in Portscatho, http://homespunfair.blogspot.com/2011/09/brandnew-homespun-christmas-fair.html come along and have a good day out and find Christmas presents for your loved ones. There will indeed be a winterly and quite festive feeling to that fair.

December 9th/10th/11th- 11am-8pm I will be at The Eden Project as part of their ‘The Hive of Activity’ for the weeks leading up until Christmas. I will be doing felt demonstrations & quick ‘have a go workshops’, it will be lovely to see you all so please do come!

December the 16th & 17th I will be in Falmouth at the Rugby Club for the Swamp Circus ‘Giant Grotto’ event which is raising money for the Circo Kernows children’s charity. Santa flies in twice a day with reindeer; surrounded by a magic Christmas market with local food, side shows, fairground rides, bouncy castles & a circus spectacular! It costs £3 to enter & 1 free adult per 2 children. I will be doing a stall with felt demonstrations.

Please come along if you can!



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