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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.

 

The hand of friendship

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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