Ginny's Blog

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Well everything is ready!  Looking forward to welcoming everyone to my Open Studio.Refreshments available - proceeds to DEBRA - Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association.  Thanks so much to family and friends who have made the most delicious scrummy looking cakes.  Everything crossed for good weather so that the garden can be enjoyed too.

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It seems ages since I  had a minute!  I am frantically trying to get organised for Warwickshire Open Studios.  As it's my first time I have no idea what to expect - having said this I am really looking forward to the experience.  SHOULD NOT have decided to offer refreshments as I now have to get the garden looking lovely - It would normally look lovely anyway but as everyone knows it just doesn't happen overnight.  The pigeons have been up to their tricks as usual - just one of the charms of the great outdoors.

Anyway I thought it may be useful to jot down some of the suppliers that I use and have found to be really good:

  • I get my wool tops from Wingham Wool Work - can be found online.  Tel: 01226742926
  • Vista print - online - for my business cards.
  • Oliver Twists for my silk fibres - olivertwistsretail@fsmail.net Tel: 01388329184
  • Margaret Fox, Malvern - premade felt (I have tried buying felt from various outlets but the ones that I have tried have been very thin and the colours have not appealed to me).
  • Barnyarns - online - for threads  Tel: 01765690069
  • Cotton Patch - for materials - online - Tel: 01217022840
  • Wessex Pictures - for mount board, notions for framing. eg cord, hooks - Tel 01926 421984
  • I am also a member of SAA Teaching Art Ltd - excellent provider of art materials and good discount if you join - online - Tel: 08458770775
  • Craft Courses - online www.craftcourses.com - to promote your courses or to find a course.

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Great morning spent wet felting.  First session at the Craft Studio at Hilltop Farm.  Wet felting is a very exciting process - you never know how it's going to turn out and you're always thrilled!  Some of the group were going to stitch on top of the felt but sometimes the felt just does not need any further enhancement.  I was so pleased that one of the class had seen the advert on the Craft Course website.  It was the first time I had used that site and it's encouraging that I had only just put the course on the site and that I had a new class member!  Roll on the next wet felting workshop. 

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The learning curve keeps growing.  I hope my brain is big enough!!!  A needle threader on a sewing machine is a must have - until it goes wrong.  Mine just stopped working.  I tried all ways - going slowly then quickly, holding it tightly, holding it loosely - to no avail.  So I ordered a new one - a tiny piece of plastic which was expensive.  When it arrived I changed the needle threader - nifty little push clip sort of movement.  Well - surprise, surprise -  it wouldn't work!!  So after lots of trials and tribulations I discovered it was because the needle had dropped a bit and was not in the correct position.  Once re-installed all my problems dissolved!  Brilliant.  Patience, patience!!

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The Needle Felting workshop yesterday was great fun. Following a brief chat and demonstration everyone was soon working away to create their own individual masterpiece.  It was interesting to see how the different class members approached the design of their pieces.  Once they had started there was no stopping them.  I think they are well and truly hooked.  Some of the class planned to stitch the felts at home but the end results were all good and some of the class tried machine embroidery on top of the felt to make more definition.  We put mounts around the pictures just to show how effective they would all be when framed.  And to top it all we ended the session with coffee and cake - perfect!!!!!

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