Category Archives: Crafts for Charity

New year, new opportunities

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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.

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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

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

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 Year, new craft?

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New Year, new craft?

Happy New Year to you all.  

14591703_690851727731228_175480820530343252_n2017 promises to be a fabulous year of community crafting as the crafting revolution continues to grow.  At Crafts & Company we want to continue to do our bit and so we are adding more workshops to the programme, continuing our Craft Club and launching a brand new range of Craft Kits.  We are also opening up our popular Craft Club to people who do not live on the island through our Virtual Craft Club.  Full details of this option are available HERE but, in essence, it is a chance for non-islanders to join us in our monthly wee ‘make’ and share their results and chat about their own project on our facebook page.  You do not need to be a member of facebook to join the club as you will receive a monthly newsletter into your inbox which will keep you up to date with all our news and offer creative links to explore.  Pop across to our Virtual Craft Club page and see what you think?  You might even decide to get together with a few friends to have a creative tea party and we will provide everyone with a Crafts & Company club pack.

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Our brand new range of Craft Kits will be available soon in our online shop, meantime we have add some small and inexpensive handmade items by ourselves if you are looking for a wee gift early in the this new year.

Speak soon,

Coral & Fiona

Crafts & Company.  xx

The gift of crafting

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The gift of crafting

13887080_299646530388261_6058946904157419138_nWe have emerged from our respective dark rooms and are well into planning and development for the coming year.  We have learnt so much since we sprang into life in May of 2106 and now feel ready to make some big changes.  Our dual focuses of feeding the crafting revolution and crafting for charity remain intact but we have new ideas within them.  We have seen, through almost every activity we have engaged in, how much crafting aids wellbeing and so we are making a commitment to that through both our workshops and our new product range.  Coming together to craft has been the best thing we have done so you can expect to see more of that.  This will not be restricted to just the island as we are developing virtual ways of connecting to ensure as many people as possible are given the chance to join in our creative makes.

We were invited to join our island Music Matters Christmas sing a long as Coral and I had sewn the bags for their brand new ipod shuffles.  Members of this group either live with dementia or care for someone who does.  We had a fabulous time and realised just how important supporting groups like this is – this will roll forward into 2017.

Our biggest challenge has been storage as we have products we take to craft events and also sell through our online shop.  With new products in development we need to have a wee clear out so we are having a bit of a sale online – HERE.

img_8498Over the next few months we will be rolling out a workshop programme focused on crafting for wellbing as well as continuing our very popular Craft Club.  On April 16th we will be hosting a day of activities and information sharing for crafting and wellbeing practitioners based on and off the island.  If you would like to find out more just complete the form below and we will add you to the distribution list.  It promises to be a day that will boost our own individual sense of wellbeing and set up opportunities going forward.  WATCH THIS SPACE!

We do not want to roll into the New Year without wishing you all a truly fabulous 2017.  Keep crafting people.

Warmest regards

Coral & Fiona

Crafts & Company.  xx