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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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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.