sewyeah Velcro Brand flowers

Last weekend was awesome! I spent three days at The Handmade Fair in Hampton Wick. The fair was full of like minded people selling craft, buying craft, looking at craft, quite frankly eating, sleeping and making craft. It was exhausting but also exhilarating, chatting to a lot of lovely people about a very lovely passtime.

I was there working with VELCRO® Brand to help them show how handy their product is when it comes to crafting. They have a whole host of different product for different uses – for fabric, for hanging things off walls and even small strips to hold your Orchids up!

 

Sewyeah at the handmade fair 2016

Throughout the day I was teaching workshops making faux leather (or pleather; plastic leather you see!) flowers that could be fixed to clothes, bookmarks or headbands using VELCRO® Brand Stick On For Fabrics. Sometimes there was one or two people sitting around the table, sometimes a small group but every afternoon I ran a Grand Make teaching around 250 people how to make a simple flower headband.

Before my first workshop I thought I would be really nervous and shaky but in reality when I donned my headset mike and walked up onto the stage I loved it! I really enjoyed seeing people make something for the first time and to see them take my idea and begin creating their own versions of it.

sewyeah workshops

sew yeah Handmade fair 2016

I had so many people come up to me afterwards to say they had really enjoyed the project and couldn’t wait to share it with their church group, their Brownie pack or their craft club that I promised that I would share a step by step on my blog … and here it is …

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by Jo Henderson

As you all may know recently Ros Badger and I were running a series of craft workshops at Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall. Being a festival newbie I didn’t really know what to expect but as first festivals go this one was pretty spectacular! Sunshine with no threat of rain all weekend, an amazing location and crazy crazy things going on all the time. It was fun from the off. It was also incredibly hard work.

On the Friday and Saturday we ran five workshops a day, we expected between 20 and 25 people a session and ended up with over 50 each time. Everyone was so friendly and so keen to learn and their creativity knew no bounds!

Port Eliot festival

I could write an essay entitled “What I Did At My First Festival” but instead I shall tell the story in pictures…

We set off on a Tuesday. The car was shall we say full. (There was a roof box too!)

We set off on a Tuesday. The car was – shall we say – full. (There was a roof box too!)

The car exploded all over our tent

The car exploded all over our tent …

decorating tent

… With a little bit of Port Eliot magic a transformation happened. (Note to self, step ladders are like gold dust when setting up festivals, chairs on tables are not as good/stable/high.)

Thanks to Wilko, Hobbycraft and Block Design we were momentarily organised with scissors for paper and scissors for fabric ... (guess how long that lasted!)

Thanks to Wilko, Hobbycraft, Nutscene and Block Design we were momentarily organised with scissors for paper and scissors for fabric … (guess how long that lasted!)

Pretty soon we were ready for business

Pretty soon we were ready for business …

the badgers sett

Business came in droves

… Business came in droves

We made bunting ...

We made bunting …

 ... and pom poms

… and pom poms …

and head dresses Thanks to G.F.Smith for the amazing paper samples they sent us.

… and pretty paper head dresses. Thanks to G.F.Smith for the amazing samples they supplied us with.

We made beautiful felt flowers and hair accessories thanks to the felt supplied by Blooming Felt

We made beautiful felt flowers and hair accessories thanks to the felt supplied by Blooming Felt

wedding idea

and this lovely couple are getting married next year. They came and learned how to make paper pinwheels. So that’s their wedding decoration sorted. (Just 20 or 30 left to make!)

There were paper pom poms as big as your head

There were paper pom poms as big as your head

Famous authors popped by to make themselves a corsage for their upcoming talk.

and famous authors stopping by to make themselves a corsage for their upcoming talk. Lovely Susie Bubble also popped in and took some beautiful photos for her blog (a great place to visit if you want to know what went on at the rest of the festival!)

There was a moment of calm when Ros taught crochet. (wooll and hooks supplied by the wonderful Loveknitting

There was a moment of calm when Ros taught crochet with the wool and hooks supplied by the wonderful Loveknitting. (I lay down under a tree at this point and drank some gin.)

we couldn't have done it without the help of many many people certainly these two were amazing. Jago and Lewenna helped, cut up, rip up, hold up and tidy up all weekend.

We couldn’t have done it without the help of many many people. Certainly our two festival fairies were amazing – Jago and Lewenna (above) helped cut up, rip up, hold up and tidy up all weekend. So big love and thanks to them and to Jo Henderson our amazing photographer who was snapping away all weekend recording all the goings on for our neeeeeewwww project coming next year …

To the wonderful people at Block Design, Blooming Felt, GF Smith, Hobbycraft, Homes and Gardens Magazine, Loveknitting, Nutscene, Port Elliot festival (Cathy and the team made us feel so welcome), Quadrille Publishing and Wilko thank you for the supplies and support.

A final thanks to all the lovely lovely people who came and took part in our workshops, tried a little crafting and learned a new skill. See you all next year.

boys at sunset

This was not me

thank you people

 

 

jennie patches 2

Back in June I went to the Rumour PR press day. They had so many lovely Christmas gift ideas that I did momentarily wish it could be Christmas that very day (and then I went out side and it was beautifully sunny so promptly forgot my wishes).

My favourite and my best thing that I saw there were these fabric patches by Jennie Maizels. Jennie patches

Now I love a circus alphabet – I try and do a version in most of my books.

alphabet letters

From my books Fresh Prints and Little Sew and Sew

But Jennies little box of letters blew me away. I love them. I love that there are different colourways of each letter, I don’t love that the ‘C’ is quite boring but I’m used to that (I think it’s just a bit of a dull shape to begin with).

jennie maizels alphabet

Apart from letters Jennie also does packs of patches made up of cute little illustrations, all perfect for decorating plain jackets and dresses and also for disguising worn out jean knees and stains on favourite shirts.

jenni maizels dress

There’s much more to Jennie than iron on clothes plasters, she also writes and illustrated pop up books and has an awesome  Instagram account. Recently she has been on holiday and has been documenting it in a visual diary. Now this is my holiday diary …

holiday diary

(admittedly I was 6 years old)

and this is hers…

Jennie Maizels wednesday

tuesday Jenni Maizels

 

Oh to be on holiday in Jennies world!

To buy any of Jennies patches click here. To follow her on Instagram and be cheered up by her crazy bright colourful world click here.

crown 2

There’s festivals everywhere at the moment and at each and every one of them stalls are doing a roaring trade selling all sorts of head dresses and hats (I mean when else can you bedeck yourself in pom poms, glitter, feathers flowers and fluff? (obviously when ever you like but festivals seem like their spiritual home))

In case you hadn’t noticed Ros Badger and I are running crafty workshops down at the Port Eliot Festival later this month, but for those of you who won’t be making their way down to Cornwall here’s a little instructional on how to make this super cute neon and gold pleather (how often can you find a reason to wear gold pleather?!) crown. It’s simple to make and if you don’t have gold pleather (why not?) then any stiff fabric or felt or paper will work and if you don’t want to sew, some fabric glue or a stapler will do the trick (quite frankly there’s No Excuse not to make one!)

headress instructions

Click here to download instructions

festival for 1

Here  it is expertly modeled by me at a little Festival For One I had on my way to work to other day! Part Statue of Liberty part Disco Game of Thrones.