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So we are half way through festival season, some big ones have been and gone (and got washed away) and many are yet to come. This year all eyes (well definitely mine) are on Port Eliot festival in lovely Cornwall where as mentioned in my last post Ros Badger and I are running The Badgers Sett craft tent.

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On Friday through to Sunday we have a range of workshops and events for festival goers to come and Get Their Craft On. From making paper and fabric floral headdresses to learning to crochet there’ll be something for everyone and we are hoping our little yurt (right by the Fortnum and Mason Tea Rooms) will be a oasis of crafty calm.

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Ros and I have been busy busy busy working on project prototypes and thinking about how we are going to decorate our yurt. We have some very glamorous neighbours – Anthropologie, Barbara Hulaniki, Simone Rocha and Luella Bartley to name a few* – so we need to be flying the craft flag loud and proud.

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All of our workshops are free and all materials provided (still looking for scissor donations if anyone knows  a scissor maker with a couple of dozen going spare!!) We have a few pre-bookable slots (email us on heybadgers@gmail.com or fill in the form at the end of this post to get your name on the list) or you can sign up when you are at the festival or just pop in.**

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This is what we will be up to:

Friday
11-12pm       Glorious garlands, soar-away streamers & big ol’ bunting
2-3pm           Fabulous festival headdresses
5.30-6.30pm  Paper boats flotilla
7pm              Candle lit regatta on the estuary

Saturday
10-11am             Pom-tiddily-om-pom-pom  making
11.30-12.30pm    Fabulous Festival Headresses
1. 30-2.30pm       Fantastic fabric and felt flowers
3-4pm                 Beginners crochet
4.30-5.30pm        Perfect Paper pinwheels      

Sunday
10.30- 12pm        Sunday morning craft chill out

For more information on each workshop click here to download the whole programme and use the form below to reserve a place stating what workshop and when you’d like to come along.

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*Oh and of course there’s music and food and readings and dancing … but who’s going to have time for all that?

**Obviously you have to have a festival ticket to take part in any of these events but you can still buy them here. Booking a place on a workshop does not give you entry to the festival.

 

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Very exciting plans are afoot this Summer. The lovely Ros Badger (Author of one of the Simple Makes books: Hook, Yarn and Crochet and supreme knitter) and I are running the craft workshops at the beautiful Port Eliot festival down in Cornwall between the 24th and 27th of July.

I’ve always wanted to go to this festival and we are so excited to have been asked to participate. Over the three days we will be running several workshops a day. We still have to finalise what we are actually going to be doing but there’s definitely going to be headdresses, garlands, pom poms, paper boats and crochet involved. Click the image below for more information.

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One of our ideas is to have a Paper Boat Regatta at twilight down on the estuary. (Ideally candle lit if we don’t set fire to the boats!) I’ve been busy practicing different ways of making boats … with varying levels of success!

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I’ll be posting more experimentations and details on here so stay tuned!!

Who’s already missing the Sewing Bee? Who’s missing clever clever Chinelo and lovely Sheila? Oh and Claudia, I can never get enough Claudia. Fret not as there are two lovely Sewing Bee related books out this Spring to help fill the Patrcik shaped hole. Already on bookshelves is The Great British Sewing Bee Sew Your Own Wardrobe (surely a contender for the longest book title of the year award, lets call it GBSBSYOW from now on) and out next week is Season 1 contender Tilly Walnes’ Love at First Stitch.

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When I first saw the GBSBSYOW book I was excited that you got a free pack of patterns but slightly confused as I thought it meant that you got only patterns for 5 of the garments in the book; What if I didn’t want to make any of the 5 garments chosen? I don’t necessarily need a teddy bear onsie or a prom dress but I would like to imagine one day I will make the beautiful 1950’s coat. Fortunately it doesn’t mean this at all (which you lot probably gathered), fortunately you get all the pattern pieces for all the garments. Granted on first look they do seem a touch confusing but once you zone in on what you’re making then all is cool.

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As I only had a couple of hours spare I chose one of the easier projects, the Simple T, literally a front and a back and some bias binding. The book suggests using a polyester crepe but I thought this a good opportunity to use one of my many many hoarded offcuts of fabric. I used a beautiful bird print silky chiffony thing (which was a bit of a pig to cut but falls well AND folds up to nothing so perfect for summer holiday packing!).

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I traced the relevent pattern pieces onto some newsprint and set to work. The instructions were clear and the book is full of helpful tips and tricks. I’ve never finished a top using bias binding for every raw edge and I love it, it’s such an easy way to make a neat edge, I will definitely use this method again. The blue of the binding was so pretty that I wanted to leave it on show (the book gives instructions for doing it like this and hiding it completely).

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I think this will now be my new summer top shape of choice and I am planning on making many more. I reckon that by just extending the length of the top and making a belt I can create a cute summer dress … I’ll let you know how I get on.

The Great British Sewing Bee Sew Your Own Wardrobe (£25) is published by Quadrille Craft. For more information click here

Tilly Walnes Love at First Stich (£20) is also published by Quadrille and is out on the 8th of May. For more information click here