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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

Crafting for Charity

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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. 

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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

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Crafty September

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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’

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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

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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.

 

 

There was much lingering

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Earlier this week we came together in a village hall on a small Scottish island to celebrate all that is handmade, unique and beautiful.  Our very first Arran Crafts Fayre was the best of days with makers from all over the island coming together with stalls, demonstrations, workshops, charity campaigns and, the all important, cup of tea and delightful cake.

Just a few short weeks ago we had the idea and it was amazing to see it come together so quickly.  To create a space where people could come and learn and appreciate different crafting techniques by watching demonstration, viewing finished work and taking part in a workshops was just perfect.  There was a lovely atmosphere in the hall and visitors were genuinely interested in what they saw.  I can’t tell you how much this meant to all the makers as we put ourselves on the line when we pitch up with our wee stalls.

A very special mention must go to all the crafters who have made lovely wee things for the Duke of Edinburgh stall.  We are raising money all summer to support the expedition costs of the young people on the island who take on this challenge.   Together we raised £60 which is a fabulous start.  If you are reading this and would like to make small, pretty things that we can sell do get in touch as we need all the help we can get.

I think it is about the attention to detail.  Every maker takes enormous care with their stall, we set up a colouring table for children to use and our tearoom hostess was just magical.  Her cakes were really out of this world and everyone commented on how delicious they were.

One of our members met every visitors with a genuine welcome and we managed to tell them all about what we are doing now and what we hope to do in the future.  We hope we are building lasting friendships.

If you are a maker on the island and would like to join us do get in touch and if you would like to visit our next Arran Crafts Fayre it is on Tuesday 18th July 11-3pm in Whiting Bay village hall.  You would all be most welcome.

Keep up with all that we do on our FACEBOOK PAGE.  

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, especially our lovely team of stallholders.  See you next time.  xx

Marion, Linda, Fiona, Liz, Morag, Paula and Coral

Crafts & Company Collective.

 

New team, new venture – a crafting opportunity

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It has been a busy old time at Crafts & Company since two became seven!  Liz, Morag, Paula, Marion, Linda, Fiona & Coral make up the fabby 7 and their attention has turned to developing selling opportunities on the island for all things ‘handmade’.  The fabby 7 share a love of craft and crafting so have hatched a wee plan to host a monthly Arran Crafts Fayre in Whiting Bay Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of every month through to October.  The first fayre is set in the diary as Tuesday 20th June from 11-3pm.

Sadly Coral was poorly this day so missed the photo.

The idea of the day is to give crafters the chance to have a stall and sell their gorgeous handmade things but the fabby 7 want it to be more than that.  So they have planned a ‘Male & Take’ mini workshop for each fayre that is on a drop in basis and will last for an hour.  After which, participants will be able to take home what they have made.  The workshops start at 11.30. 12.30 and 1.30 and will all be price to be affordable and accessible.  The one for June will introduce crocheting with a chance to crochet a wee square to take away.  As a group we get more requests for crocheting classes than any other craft.   Of course, these Make & Takes are an optional extra for the fayre.

The hope is that by getting as many crafters in one place at one time new ideas, collaborations and conversations will begin allowing the crafting revolution to take another roll forward.

To make this work we need everyone who takes a stall to help promote it especially as word of mouth is so important in such a small community.  Our social network sites will have lots of activity relating to the fayre in the coming weeks, posters will be going up and an advert will be going in the Banner.  If you are a crafter living on the island and you would like to join us just complete the form below or message us via facebook and we will send you a booking form.  If you are new to crafting and would like to put just a few things into sell we could set up a table just for new crafters and you could maybe take it in turns man it?

We are also on the hunt for anyone who would like to run a wee tea shop at the monthly event.  Just tea/coffee and cakes – so if you know of anyone do pass on the details – thank you so much.

If you run a craft club on the island and would like to recruit new members and share what you do we can offer half tables to make that affordable.  We are also having a welcome table and can take flyers, business cards etc for any craft business, clubs or events.  Just contact us with details.  Thanks you.

Any questions or messages always welcome.   We are planning other events and we already run a monthly Craft Club with a different craft every month.  Details on our facebook page or just message and we will reply asap.

Happy Crafting people.

The Crafts & Company Collective.  

 

A wee take over

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On this glorious sunny day on the island we announce that Crafts & Company has been taken over by a collective of 7 ladies – the magnificent 7.

Coral and I founded the company almost a year ago and in that time it has developed wings and taken flight.  We ran workshops, crafting for charity campaigns, a craft club and a successful online shop.  In the past couple of months things have changed dramatically.  Coral is having a house built and it has all happened very quickly which is fabulous for her but it has meant she has very little time for the company.  The company had grown far too large for Fiona to manage alone.  Rather than let it fold we asked if anyone would like to help and 5 lovely ladies stepped forward.  Coral and I make up the 7.   Fiona is also consolidating a love long passion for textiles from across the globe and through history with a small venture called Earth Threads – more news on this in time.

The new collective means that Crafts and Company came move forward as a community project with a small commercial wing.  Seven people really spreads the load and makes much more possible.  This website has been gifted to the collective as has the web shop so you will see new work from new members coming soon.  It is an exciting time as we step forward as a collective and there are already some exciting plans in the pipeline.  Keep up with all our news on our facebook page.

Wishing the collective every success in all that the do.

Fiona and Coral.  xx