First Henley Squares

yes we have started……….. have a look our first Henley Squares!!
First Henley Squares

Miranda came for a taster session and got knitting straight away.Miranda ltc

Another great idea (thank you Catriona) why not have a look at all the tension squares you have lurking around your knitting basket….I bet they will make great squares too!

We are welcoming our first international contributors: Jam Tart from Cape Town, South Africa and Crochet Me Lovely, from Texas, USA.

We also had a junior visitor today and within no time she had needle felted a family of delightful bunnies and has since made them into a necklace!Amelie rabbit necklace How cool is that? So great to see such talent at her young age (11years)

I’m almost sad to say that we are having a one week break (halfterm). I will be practising my crocheting and will hopefully be able to crochet some pretty hearts by the end of next week.

Can’t wait to see you all soon

Happy crafting

x

Fairs and a little more

another week has flown by and I can only now feel that I’m recovering from the excitement of being at the Knit and Stitch Fair at London Alexandra Palace. I was so overwhelmed by all the lovely yarns and products on offer that I found it difficult to choose or make a rational decision on any.
One of the first stands I visited was Namolio a beautiful store which specialises in mostly linen supplies for sewing, knitting, crocheting and other related crafts. Have a look at the lovely colours.Namolio
They will also be having a stall at “Thread” exhibition and show on November 3rd at Farnham Maltings. I’m sure this will be worth a visit.

I also finally had the opportunity to see Habu (a Japanese supplier specialising in “different” yarns, stainless steel, paper, linen to mention only a few)in all it’s glory. The yarns are all so beautiful it is just not possible to like only one. Fortunately they sold little sample packs. I did feel like a child in a sweetie shop.

Habu wool

If you are in the mood to go browsing there is also the Contemporary Craft&Design Fair at Wellington College 25-27th October

We have some new members at our craft classesAngi wool and were once again celebrating a birthday.Kate1 bday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kate1!
Rachel completed the most beautiful scarf. Lots of beautifully designed and crocheted rounds stitched together to make a scarf.Rachel scarf

The lovely thing about anything hand made, there will always only be one like it, never to be repeated. I know it is easy to buy on the high street, just doesn’t have the same feel, does it?

Wishing you a crafty weekend. I will be trying to transform our rather unsightly cupboard doors……wish me luck

happy crafting

x

Henley on Thames UK Yarn Bombing needs YOU!

Dear Knitters and Crocheters
Lady Sew and Sew is co-running the Henley Creative Festival in March 2014.
The Creative Festival is all about making Craft more “accessible” to individuals, rather than us all just admiring others great works.
There will be a number of mini workshops run throughout Henley.
Lady Sew and Sew will be running knitting and crochet classes, patchwork, dressmaking and Vilene mini workshops. They will also be demonstrating lots of techniques and will have a few lectures going on too.

This is how you can participate:
Henley is obviously on the river, and having just revamped the Marlow Shop to be mostly knitting and crochet, Lady Sew and Sew thought what could be better than to have a rowing boat covered in yarn?
Most knitters have the odd ball of yarn which is left over, so we would like to ask as many people as possible to get involved in making up squares which will then form a cover for a boat.
The boat is approximatively 2m long by 1.2m wide, with a seat in the middle (a plank).
It would be lovely to have it really bright, and possibly even with a sail.
There is a limited amount of yarn available at the store, which has been kindly been donated by Stylecraft, Sidar and Rowan.
The Festival is in March 2014, so we would be looking to get as many squares as possible by beginning of February. It would be great to gather a group together for the day, to organise the squares, put it together and then make the cover.
The boat will be on display at the Henley Warehouse throughout the Festival, as well as during the Henley Arts Trail, and the possibly at the Knitting and Stitching Show at the NEC, Olympia and Alexandra Palace over the following 12 months. If it looks good (which it will!) we should be able to get coverage in the local newspapers, Knit magazine and possibly even local TV.

We would absolutely love you to be part of this great project, in any way you think that you can. Please share this with family and friends, most definitely the more the merrier!

Once you have completed your square/s please label it/them with your name, email address and where in the world you have created it. This project is going global!

Let us see how far we can go with this. From the UK to South Africa, Iceland to China, Canada to Mexico? Who knows?

Please post your completed creations to:
Lady Sew and Sew Warehouse and Sewing Centre
Farm Road
Henley on Thames
Oxfordshire
RG9 1EJ
United Kingdom

Perhaps you could mention that you heard about the project from “love to craft” and add a comment to this blog so we can look out for it too.

Here is a picture I have taken on the weekend where I was lucky enough to visit the Knitting and Stitching Fair at Alexandra Palace. I thought it might inspire you a little 😉
yarnbomb taxi

Thank you so much, I cannot wait to see the end result.

happy crafting

x

Felting a hat!

Hello
what an exciting weekend I have had. I’m still smiling and it has inspired me so much to do more felting.
I was so lucky to go on a felt hat making course taught by Gillian from Gilliangladrag in Dorking.
There were only three ladies one the course which made it very intimate and left lots of room for me to ask so many questions. We chose our shape and colours and off we went. If you have wet felted before you will know what I’m talking about, if not you just have to try this.It is so much fun.ela hat spots
Little did I know that you have to try on the hat during the felting process which means it is totally wet and very soapy too. Makes perfect sense, just so glad I was not meeting anybody on my way home.
Here is my finished result, I’m really proud and happily looking forward to the colder weather. ela final hat
I brought the hat home only for it to be taken by my daughter who is delighted with it, however this one I will not share……yet:-) I might just have to make another one.

I found a lovely design on Pinterest I believe it is from GAP? anyway I made this into a card for our anniversary, just so cute and even easier to copy.Iouu owl
Lots of activity from our lovely craft ladies tooMichelle xmas skirt
This will be a skirt for a Christmas Tree – how amazing is that?! It has taken a while, but I know will look absolutely beautiful when complete.

So looking forward to seeing my ladies tonight and tomorrow morning. I’m sure there will be lots to talk about

Happy crafting
x

Happy Birthday (s)

What a lovely week it has been once again. New friends have been made and we have all been so creative.
It was Karen’s birthday Karen birthday

and it will be Lisa’s daughters birthday too. We are all in awe of Lisa, she designed, cut, stitched and cmpleted the lovely teenager bunting all in our session. She even had time to have a cup of tea and a piece of cake. How does she do this?
Look at the result teenager bunting amazing, isn’t it!

We have new ladies join too, so lovely to have you with us.

I have completed the ballet bag and my daughter is delighted too. Maxime ballet bag

So all in all all a very productive week once again.

The dates for the needle felting workshops have been set. Learn how to make some Christmas decorations of even a few hand made gifts. It is so special to receive a gift that has been hand made.

Dates are as follows:
Saturday 16th November – 2.30 – 5pm (how about some mother and daughters craft together?)
Friday 22nd November 10 – 12.30pm
Thursday 28th November 7.30 – 10pm

Cost for the workshop is £35 and includes all raw materials. You will be able to keep the tools so you can continue the felting at home too 🙂
Booking is essential and places are limited so please let me know soonest if you are interested.

I will be attending a felt making workshop on the weekend, where I will be learning how to felt a hat. Cannot wait 🙂

Have a great week

Happy crafting
x