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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.


New Year, new craft?

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.


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

Christmas is on the horizon

Christmas is on the horizon

We feel we have been working towards Christmas forever and then we remember we are only just over 6 months old!  This Christmas we really want to bring a wee bit of the handmade into as many lives as possible.  Whether you like to buy handmade gifts or buy a kit to make a gift we hope we can help.  Our online shop is very new and is building all the time.  We have tried to make all our items affordable and tempting in equal measure.


At Crafts & Company we have also been busy preparing for a whole run of Christmas markets on the island.  Santa Sparkle at the end of November kicked off the season and I am not sure we will take breath until our last one just over a week before the big day.

We are constantly mindful of working with other creative people so we are running our first Christmas Crafts Day with profits to the RNLI.  Creating with other people while drinking tea and eating cake could easily become our strap line.  This will be our third charity craft workshop and in this one we will be painting Christmas decorations (including a gorgeous sleigh), decorating willow wreaths and then creating our Christmas table flowers.  I wonder how much tea will be drunk that day?


img_8299Last month we launched our brand new Craft Club which will meet every month to share project ideas, update on charity campaigns, have a go at a wee make and eat cake.  In November we began a hoop art and the time flew by.  We are looking forward to seeing people’s finished pieces.  In our December meeting we are making felt Christmas robin hangings.  We are also opening up our club to people off island from the beginning of 2017.  This will allow us to send out our wee kits and create a wider membership.  So many people have expressed an interest in our crafting for charity work that we thought we would extend our club.  All members are entitled to a discount card for products, free goodie bags and access to our monthly newsletter.  Registration is just £2.50 and then £6 per month and you can pay via paypal so the process of joining is really easy.  If you would like to join you can register now and pay after Christmas.  Just complete the contact form below.


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So it has been a very busy time at Crafts & Company and we have a lot more in the pipeline.  From January we begin our Guest Maker programme with their work appearing on our web shop.  Our first maker has already listed her luxury colouring book as we all agreed that this would make a lovely Christmas present.  From January you will see a different side to Lesley’s creativity and we can’t wait to share this with you.  From the turn of the year we are also beginning a product commissioning process and we have had an early meeting with a talented designer so watch that space as well.  Our charity work will continue with support for the Backpack project where we will be decorating pencil cases with craft club members to be included in the backpacks that go out to the children in Malawi.  We are also hoping to take this charity campaign out on the road to deliver this workshop to other community groups who want to support this worthy charity.  Do contact us if you would be interested in helping.

The other things in the pipeline are mere grains of thought but as soon as we have had our development day in early January we will be able to share.  The fundamental message we hope we are communicating is that there are lots of ways to work with us and we would love to hear from you any time.  

Warmest regards to everyone,

Coral & Fiona

Crafts & Company

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The hand of friendship

The hand of friendship

IMG_7231We are thrilled with the way Crafts & Company has taken off since launching in July.  In a few short months we have created a range of unique craft kits, packs and experience boxes to sell at craft events and online.  Our biggest sellers so far are our Arran Keepsake Kit and our Make your own vintage fabric owl shelf sitter kits.  We have opened our online shop with Folksy and we are enjoying being part of that creative group.  This is our commercial side of the business and we have lots more ideas ready to put into practice.  We are currently working on our Christmas range which we will be selling online and at local events on the island.  This range includes –

Make your own Kindle cover

Decorate your own willow wreath

Make your own beaded angels

Make your own Christmas stocking bunting

Make your own fruit hanging

Make your own Christmas cards

Along with the kits we will have Christmas packs and experience boxes packed with beautiful resources handpicked by us.

IMG_7513The other side of the business deals with the other word in our title – ‘company.’  From the start we have been keen to put something back into the industry that have supported both of us for most of our working lives.  To that end we immediately began networking with other crafters, community groups and charities.  The focus of this work is our workshop programme and the intention is to be as creative as possible and to establish helpful relationships along the way.  Our first workshop was a huge success as we worked alongside a group of talented ladies to turn pillowcases into dresses for the charity Little Dresses for Africa.  This work has continued well beyond the workshop and an original target of 20 has been long replaced as we close in on our new target of 100 dresses.  We could not be more pleased or grateful to everyone who has helped with this project.

mindOur next workshop is for the charity Mind where we will be gathering people together once more this time to decorate mirrors using mixed media techniques.  This is a fundraising events so it is ticketed and the price of your ticket (£10.00) includes all materials and refreshments with the majority of this money going to the charity topped up with all proceeds from a raffle and a Christmas stocking filler gift sale.

14359146_321183274901253_4885052766955757345_nOur Christmas Crafts Day will be our biggest event so far and takes place on the 6th December at Whiting Bay lesser hall.  A day of creativity has three workshops to include willow wreath decorating, painting techniques on mdf decorations and Christmas table flower arrangement.  15% of our fees will go the RNLI plus all proceeds from our Christmas stocking filler gift sale, raffle and bake sale.  This day will also provide some revenue to propel us into 2017 and all our workshop plans to come.

Planning is already underway for the creative partnership early in the new year which is with the charity The Backpack Project which provides useful backpacks filled with essential items for children in Africa.  We are contributing individually decorated pencil cases for the back packs.

This project is being run through our brand new craft club that begins on the 15th November at The Shore, Whiting Bay.  This relatively new food business is providing a café environment for our club and we are pleased to be working with another local business.  More information on our craft club can be found on our events page on our Facebook page.

Just this week we have squeezed another wee charity ‘make’ into our schedule working with Ayrshire Hospice.  A group of us will be making a selection of crafts to donate to the hospice for their Christmas sale events and shops. We hope to develop a more long term relationship with the hospice in the new year.  What was so lovely about this new partnership was that we were able to ask for help from some of the people who have already helped with previous projects and they were very willing to support this.  This illustrates that a fledgling craft community has already been established.  We don’t want to confine this just to the island as we have already had support from people off island in our projects so far.

In addition to working with community groups and charities we also attended an event called Aspire at the island High School.  The focus of this event was to bring employers, education providers and young people together to consider a new forum which would open up opportunities for young people on the island.  At Craft & Company we are keen to offer work experience to any young people that are interested in working in the craft industry or even running events.  More on this as the project rolls forward.

IMG_7382It is clear from this post just how busy we have been in a relatively short period of time.  In January 2017 we are launching a new project that aims to bring crafters and wellbeing practitioners together.  We firmly believe that engaging in craft contributes to a stronger sense of wellbeing and we are hoping that the culmination of this project will be a crafting and wellbeing Fayre so that locals and visitors can see just what expertise exists on the island.  There will be much more on this project in subsequent posts.

January also sees our very first Guest Maker join us for a period of three months.  Guest Makers will contribute to our online shop with their own listings and we will be profiling what they do through our website and social networks.  We are very excited to introduce our first Guest Maker very soon….watch this space.

If you would like to keep up with all our developments just ‘like’ our facebook page or complete the form below and we will put you on our contacts list.  If you would like to join our events just message us and we can tell you more information.

In 2017 we will be looking for retail outlets to take our products and new venues to run workshops in so if you are interested in any of these options just message us and we will get back to you asap.

May we please take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have been involved with Crafts & Company since we sprang into life in the summer.  Every single contribution is so valued.  Thank you so much.

Keep crafting people.

Coral & Fiona xx