The Craft Journal – 26th September

Hi Crafters!

All of these projects will be made over the two jewellery making wokshops

Today I have been down to Stanwick Lakes organising two jewellery making workshops which will be happening in October and November! I am very excited. Not only will these be the very first formal workshops I have hosted, but these will be the very first workshops in the new Settlers Barn! I feel very privileged to be holding the inaugural event in our barn and I hope I will make the Settlers team very proud! Anyway, I will be updating you with more details of the workshop very soon. For now we have a few days of crafting to round up from last week!

My favourite piece in the adult jewellery workshop

Thursday 26th September

Thursday began with more jewellery workshop goodness! I couldn’t actually go to Stanwick Lakes on Thursday as electrical maintenance meant that the site was shut, instead I had a telephone meeting.  In order to get the jewellery workshops promoted as soon as possible we had to iron out the basic details of the workshops, for example how many people will attend, what age groups will the children’s workshop cover etc.

For the rest of the day I ploughed on with the Comforolled sweater, as I was desperate to get the front section finished! Although I didn’t get the section finished, I did manage to begin shaping the arm holes so I felt I was on the home stretch. With a bit of luck and spending all day at woolly workers the next day I could be well on the way to getting the sleeves done.

Friday 27th September

It looks a lot bigger than this now!

I did not manage to get to woolly workers first thing in the morning. My grandmothers between them had something that could only be described as a complete technological failure leading to one of them calling me in a blind panic and me getting all the way to Corby before Mr Crafts finally got through to anyone in Bourne to find out what was going on. Thankfully nothing was wrong so at the next roundabout I turned back home.

At least it was an interesting start to the day! I got home, had a cup of tea and went off to woolly workers feeling slightly dazed and confused.

It was lovely to see all of the woolly workers having missed last week due to all the Settlers excitement. I had a lovely lunch and a delicious piece of cake (I had to, it was for MacMillan Coffee Morning!) and I got the arm holes of the jumper shaped and one of the shoulders made, meaning I had all but finished the front piece of the jumper. Yay!

At home I spent the evening finishing the shoulder of the sweater and then made a start on the sleeves!

Saturday 28th September

As it is almost October, and I have a lot of Christmas cards to make, Mr Crafts and I got in the festive mood.

Those of you who do not like to hear about Christmas before December 1st, look away now!

Decoupage toppers for the charity cards

We put on the Christmas music, drank Christmas drinks and crafted Christmas crafts. Mr Crafts worked on a Christmas present and some decorations and I made all of my charity cards. Every year I make some cards for Bourne 2 Care to sell to raise some money for the service users. I always make these first before making any for sending or selling. It just gets me in the Christmas mood!

Once the charity cards were made I wanted to make some multipacks of cards so I took a look at what Christmas stamps I had. Most of them were silhouettes so I couldn’t add a great deal of colour, which wasn’t what I wanted. I decided to leave the card making for the rest of the day and spent the evening working on the sweater sleeves!

Sunday 29th September

Mr Crafts and I went out to Rushden Lakes to get some lunch and then I went into Coleman’s Craft Warehouse to look for some Christmas stamps. I managed to find a few packs of stamps eventually, but for all of the Christmas things they have in stock it was actually quite hard work!

The first multipacks are ready to be listed!

I managed to find some gnomes, parcels, a deer, some baubles and some stockings. Unfortunately they were all in different packs! After we got home I started batch making some cards.

I used my Eureka 101 (stamping press) so that I could be sure all of the cards in a pack would be the same. Each card has a Christmas image stamped in black pigment ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and water coloured and is finished off with just a hint of Christmas sparkle.

I have made up six packs of cards so far, there are 6 cards in each, all the same design, and I will list some of the packs in the Folksy shop next month.

That’s all for now crafters. Keep your eyes open for more updates on the jewellery workshops!

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