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About fionadoubleday18

A mum of four beautiful children living on a smallholding on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. An artist, writer and teacher. In a previous life I learnt to dance in the rain. xx

Events for 2018


Check out our event schedule for 2018 on our Events Page – share with Arran friends who love to craft.

We will also be starting a new crafting for charity project very soon.  Further updates in the next few weeks.  xx


New year, new opportunities


2017 was a breakthrough year for Crafts and company on and off the island.  2018 promises to be even better.  Team crafts and company are committed to creating opportunities for crafting for fun, for charity and also in support of individual micro businesses.

Our first Craft Club of the new year was really well attended and this time we tackled the skills involved in intuitive journaling.  At its best this form of journaling becomes incredibly therapeutic and we learn to read the messages contained within the pages.  As a result of a great session a wee intuitive journaling group has been formed on the island so that we can carry on developing this skill throughout the year.  Fiona from Earth Threads led this session and for the first time there was a chance for members to purchase resources should they wish to continue the practice.  Fiona offered these resources at special member prices and this is an important way of supporting fellow makers.

Next month, we are cushion making with two levels of experience.  Those new to sewing with a machine will work to mark, cut and sew the fabric to make their cushion whereas those with more experience will work on an applique panel first before sewing their cushion.  Craft club has been planned for the entire year and details will be appearing on our Events Page and our facebook page.  Posters have also gone up around the island.  New members are always most welcome.

Our craft fayres in 2017 got busier and busier and we are now changing the day to a Sunday which will think will allow locals to attend.  That said, our very first one of the year is on bank holiday Monday at Easter (April 2nd).  We are expanding this year by taking on an additional hall in the building so that we might accommodate more stallholders and expand our very popular tea room.  Workshops will also be running on those days on a drop in basis allowing more opportunities to learn new crafting skills.

Crafts and company are also going to be working with the Friends of Brodick Castle on some events during 2018 and we very much look forward to this new relationship as crafting on the island continues to grow and flourish.

Such is the popularity of new skill learning that one of our collective, Fiona from Earth Threads, is offering a brand new Fabric Surface Design Course.  This will be an eight week course where participants will learn to design, mark make, paint, print, machine and hand embroider to create their own original piece of textile art.  The hope is that some other members of the collective might begin to offer courses as the year unfolds increasing opportunity and scope.  If you interested in any courses publicised here just contact us for further information.



Our Disability Africa Friendship Quilt Packs sold really well and we have made over £200 for the charity.  People on and off the island are now busy sewing away before returning them to us to make into a lap quilt or two that will then be raffled at our Easter events.  This will provide further money for the charity while giving the lucky recipient the most beautiful of quilts to put over their lap on a cold evening.

Crafts and company are about to embark on their next charity project and also have two further lined up after that so our commitment to crafting for charity continues and there will be lots of opportunities to get involved.  More information will be available here soon and on our facebook page.

We always love to hear about what other people are up to in the world of crafting so do let us know and we might be able to feature it here.

Wishing you all a productive and happy crafting experience in the coming year.

Best wishes from

Liz, Morag, Marion, Linda. Paula, Coral & Fiona

The Crafts & Company Collective.

Out with a bang!


It has been an incredible year for Crafts and Company,  In the spring 2 became 7 as a collective was formed to take the project forward.  It had become too big for 2 people to run and Coral & Fiona were delighted at the offers of help.

Since then the project has gone from strength to strength and a full review will close the year as well as begin to map the new year ahead.  However, we have one more event this year and we hope it will be the best yet.

On Saturday 11th November in Whiting Bay hall 11-3pm we are hosting our very first Christmas Craft Fayre.  We have over 20 stallholders booked all offering wonderful handcrafted gifts.  Every stall with have a ‘Deal of the Day’ to attract the keen eye of the ‘Early Bird’ Christmas shopper.

We are having a pop up Christmas tearoom with lots of yummy treats just to allow for that wee pre-season treat that we all probably need at this time of year.

There will also be a Crafty Tombola where you can try and win some craft materials perfect for your next creative project.

There will be a chance to get involved with our current charity campaign stitching for Disability Africa.

This is an opportunity for the islanders to come and support handmade on Arran at its very best.  This is our chance to say thank you to all who have supported the project in 2017.  People often ask us ‘did you get a grant to set up Crafts and company ‘ or do you have an employed coordinator.  The answer to both of those is NO.  We are all volunteers doing our very best to make Arran a ‘Crafty wee island’ …….. as well it should be.  xx


Crafting for Charity


At Crafts & Company we have worked with a whole range of charities.  Our current campaign is called Project Friendship Quilt and it is for Disability Africa. 

DA logo

The idea is that, together, we are working on contemporary lap quilts.  Each member of the project purchases a simple embroidery pack from our online store HERE.  They then stitch their wee square – we have included a basic stitch guide and full instructions.

When you have completed the square you send it back to us – deadlines are in the pack.

We then stitch them altogether to make as many contemporary lap quilts as possible to auction sometime in the spring.

The packs cost £6 and of this £5 goes to the charity.

We need all the support we can get so if you are interested go to our ONLINE STORE – HERE and find out more.  Project Friendship Quilt is suitable for all levels of experience.

Thank you.  xx


Crafty September


September is absolutely the time to learn a new skill, have fun and meet new people.  Join us for these events – you would be so welcome.  xx

Tuesday 12th September 10-12pm Lesser hall, Whiting Bay

Craft Club

Paper Marbling

£6 to include all materials and refreshments

Tuesday 19th September 11-3pm Arran Crafts Fayre 11-3pm Whiting Bay hall

Over 20 stallholders, crafting demonstrations, paper folding workshop and fabulous tearoom.

Tuesday 26th September 10-1pm BRAND NEW CRAFT CLINIC

Drop in skills workshops.  Come in and learn a new skill or more?

Workshops in –

Introduction to corchet

Free motion machine embroidery

Wire wrapping in jewellery making

Paper quilling

£5 for one workshop or £10 for as many as you like – to include all materials and refreshments.


Find out all about our brand new crafting for charity campaign with Disability Africa – Project Friendship Quilt


Open Studio Event – ‘Waste’


This year Coral and Fiona are representing Crafts & Company in the Arran Open Studio event that runs from the 11th-14th August.  The event is in its 6th year and is more popular each year as it is a chance for visitors to see how art is made on the island and maybe even purchase a piece for their home.

This year Coral & Fiona wanted to showcase how waste can be used to create beautiful things.  A range of upcycling techniques have been used to turn waste into the finished pieces to include –

Machine sewing

Hand embroidery

Painting on different surfaces

Resist using wax

Art stamping

Coral & Fiona each have their own creative voice and we hope this is clear in the exhibition.  Working with waste is more than creative though.  This exhibition is about making a statement about the place of waste in the 21st century.  On a very simple level there is just too much of it and, beyond that, much of it is not biodegradable.  Plastic takes top spot here with much of it outliving us and future generations.  Fiona collects waste off the beach in Whiting Bay and uses it in her art work.  Her biggest issue is the blue plastic rope that litters our shore and has no place being there.  It is so incredibly dangerous to wildlife.  Fiona collects this to make into decorative bowls that, she hopes, will find new forever homes.

Coral has worked with a range of fabrics that have long since been abandoned including hessian sacks that had been used for storing coffee, tea and bird seed.  Now redundant, these sacks have been turned into design-led bags with each one being unique.  Coral has also worked with glass waste to show how it can be upcycled into beautiful items for the home.

There is a chance for visitors to have a go at making their own wee piece of art if they are so inclined as the girls are running creative workshops as part of the event.

Coral and Fiona have a very simple aspiration – that, as a result of this exhibition, people see waste differently.  Everyone is most welcome.  xx

Coral & Fiona

Crafts & Company




Summer update


Lots has been happening with Crafts & Company as the summer season gets underway.  Tuesday 20th June was our second Arran Crafts Fayre.  Wall to wall sunshine that day meant we were a little quiet but it was still a lovely day.  The hall looked spectacular with all the handmade goodies for sale.  Many of the stallholders spent their time crafting and this was much appreciated by our visitors.  People don’t always understand the work that goes into producing something handmade so this was our chance to share our creative processes.  Children were attracted to our ‘make and take workshop’ as they used stamps to decorate and personalise a fabric pencil case.  All this activity required regular refreshing from the very wonderful tearoom run by the talented Cheryl.

Crafts Club in July was a wee bit special as we made dreamcatchers.  We offer a different craft each month and Linda taught us about the cultural implications of dreamcatchers before showing us all how to make them.  Every dreamcartcher was different as people discovered how to make them personal.  It was a very therapeutic session and much enjoyed.  In August (15th) we are decorating our glassware with straw silk papers and this promises to be a lovely wee pause in what is a very busy time for our collective.  All are most welcome at club.  Just bring your glassware to decorate and we will provide the rest and refreshments.  Cost is just £6.

July sees us completing our Knit-a-Square campaign and a rather large parcel will be sent to the orphans in South Africa.  We will update you on a numbers etc after the end of July.  Squares are coming in all the time and we are so grateful for the support.

We are right in the middle of planning our next charity crafting project and this one is our most ambitious yet.  We aim to set up an email distribution list for anyone who would like to become involved in our charity projects – just complete the form below if you would like to be added.  We can’t say anything more about our next one just yet but hope to announce all on our facebook page by the beginning of August.

During the summer we have been supporting our very own island Duke of Edinburgh group.  Their expedition costs can be prohibitive so we want to do our bit to help.  We have been busy making felt animals and beaded bracelets to sell at our fayres.  If you would like to make a felted animal decoration the kits are £1.50 and we are grateful for all donations of completed animals to sell.  All profits go to the Duke of Edinburgh and so far we have raised just over £60.  More information on that as the summer progresses.

Making connections has been an ongoing theme for our wee collective.  Two of our members are taking part in Arran Open Studios from 11th-14th August.  Fiona & Coral are putting together a wee exhibition that shows how to work creatively with waste by using a range of upcycling skills.  There is also a chance for visitors to have a go themselves at producing a work of art from waste.  We are delighted to announce that Fiona has made a national final for one of her ‘waste art pieces’.  It is an online exhibition with EcoCreate and her piece is the blue bowl on the right hand side of the first row.  Prizes are announced on the 1st August and we wish her all the best.  Crafts & Company is also a member of the Arran Art Trail and this offers us further publicity options.  We want to make as many connections with crafting groups and organisations on and off the island.  We have set up a new page for local craft groups to be able to share their information and events so if anyone is a member of a group do get in touch.  If you are a member of an off island group do let us know what you do as we are always looking for partners especially for our charity campaigns.

Crafts & Company are working on a new structure that has seeped over from the US.  Craft Clinics and Craft Laboratories are proving very popular in the US and we love the idea.  Craft Clinics are drop in events where people can learn new skills.  Craft Laboratories are also drop in events but this time the emphasis is on experimentation.  Crafts & Company are going to adopt this model going forward to put in place a workshop programme that allows for new skills to be gained and experimentation to be enjoyed.

We begin with our very first Craft Clinic and Coffee Morning on Tuesday 26th September in Whiting Bay hall.  A range of craft skills will be available to include free motion machine embroidery, working with wire in jewellery making and paper quilling in paper crafts.  One more is yet to be confirmed.  These four skills will be offered by experienced tutors and you can drop in and have a go at one or more of the clinics.  More information will be published on our facebook page and on our events page on this site.

We will be following this up with a Craft Laboratory involving experimentation with painting on different surfaces.  We hope to put together a whole winter programme of Craft Clinics and Laboratories giving us all even more opportunities to learn new skills and play with creative ideas.

So, there is lots happening in Crafts & Company and we will update you all here regularly.  We have a very lively facebook page for those of you on facebook.    At just half way through the year we are going really well and crafting is very much alive and kicking on the Isle of Arran.

Best wishes to you all,

Marion, Linda, Coral, Paula, Liz. Morag & Fiona

Crafts & Company.