Tuesday Hangout – Canvas-Stencil-Gilding

Canvas-stencil-Gilding

with Sy from Happy Accident Studios

canvas notebook
Sy’s canvas notebook

This week Sy is introducing the method of using multi medium materials to decorate the front cover of a canvas notebook. This will  be the focus of one of our Girl’s Night In events later in the year, so do keep an eye out on our calendar and Facebook page.

Watch the process in the video below. Sy takes you through every step of the way.

Do you enjoy the Tuesday hangouts with Sy of Happy Accident Studios? — Watch live at Twitch.tv with unravel_unwind

 

Tuesday Hangout with Sy – papercraft flowers

Papercraft Flowers Tutorial

with Sy from Happy Accident Studios

Sy goes live every Tuesday afternoon over on Twitch  to bring you papercraft tutorials and more. This week we are sharing her two-part video stream. We hope you enjoy them and if you want more content like this please do let us know.

Funding workshops with Gayle Wallace

BIDS, PROPOSALS AND HOW TO MASTER THEM!

18 April & 2 May 7pm to 9pm £40

If you’re are perplexed by Proposals or baffled by bids, then this is 2 part workshop is for you!

This is subject 1 of a unique series of workshops designed for anyone who needs to get better at writing bids for funding or producing proposals for contract commissions.

Get tickets here

FROM MANAGING TO MASTERING THE ART OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT!

16 & 30 May 7pm to 9pm £40

If you feel overwhelmed by managing several projects at one time and at times it feels like you just get all the plates spinning nicely, only to find that one has unexpectedly dropped!

If you find it hard to know if you have captured, planned and managed all the potential risks in any project and lack confidence in having covered all the bases? Then this should have you project managing like a pro!

This unique two-part workshop will help you to effectively manage your work (no matter how many projects you have going at a time and furthermore, you will be able to quantify the value you have added to any initiative you are managing!

Get tickets here

 

MONITORING & EVALUATION, THE SKILL OF QUANTIFYING YOUR IMPACT!

13 & 27 June 7pm to 9pm £40

How do you know whether what you do is of value? Can you demonstrate the impact of your work? Do you know how to develop and improve your performance? Why does this matter?

Either as an organisation, relying on bidding for funds, or as a business, you are always, ‘only as good as your last job!’ Learning how to monitor what you do and evaluate how well it has gone are invaluable tools for increasing your likelihood of being successful in applying for grants from funding bodies or winning future contract commissions.

Run over two sessions this workshop will provide you with a sound understanding of the principles of monitoring, that will give you the key resources to gather the information that evidences your value.

You will learn how to evaluate your work in a way that is both meaningful to your professional development and service delivery but also demonstrates your ability to improve.

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Drawing on over 30 years of writing successful bids, providing grant funding for organisations, managing multi-layered projects from a £7,000,000.00 budget as well as successfully and continually writing work proposals for contracts with the Department of Health, Greater London Authority, Department of work and pensions, several Local Authorities, Estate Action, New Deal for communities, Sure Start Programmes, Single regeneration Bids Well Communities, Charities and many more. Gayle Wallace will give you a complete array of tools that you can use to either secure contracts as a business person or greatly improve your chances of successfully applying for funding to voluntary, statutory and charitable sector funders.

G.W TRAINING & CONSULTANCY LTD

G.W Training & Consultancy Ltd is a consultancy and training organisation, delivering high-quality services across a range of areas. The director Gayle Wallace has over 30 years of experience in providing Project management, research, impact assessment, training and facilitation for the Public, Private and voluntary sector.  Key to every aspect of G.W Training & Consultancy Ltd’s work is the level of personal and professional development offered to individuals and organisations ensuring that they are more empowered to fully take on new challenges and opportunities.

The director Gayle Wallace – also founded the Women Who Want Change personal empowerment programme 17 years ago and is passionate about the personal and professional development of women. Gayle is additionally the director of the company named after the programme Women Who Want Change Ltd.

Further information can be found at www.gwtrainingandconsultancy.com & www.womenwhowantchange.com

Secret Garden in Pictures

Helen is choosing a new cover photo each week for the Secret Garden Facebook Group

Ruth
Ruth

First up was Ruth’s. Helen particularly enjoyed how the butterfly blocks were laid out with the butterfly mobile.

Tracey
Tracey

Tracey’s photo is this weeks cover image, showing her mini gardens in her own sunny garden. This has certainly been warming us Brit’s up.

Participation Grows

Seven days into the Secret Garden CAL

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31 Days into the Secret Garden CAL

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Even pets are getting in on the action

Donna
Donna
Collette
Collette

Have your pets been helping you with your blocks? Please do share pics with us

Mary
Mary

What do we do with all our ends?

What to do with all these ends?
What to do with all these ends?

Here are just a few suggestions that have appeared on the group;

Helen from Swansea shared a link to maRRose – Colourful Crochet & Crafts for a yarn bowl that has been sculpted using all the ends that she had saved up from her crochet projects. I love this idea and I hope to do something like this with my ends. If you’ve done something similar why not share your photo’s with us.

Our Helen (Rainbow Valley) saves all her ends and gives them to a couple of her students. Why? Because they breed canaries and they use the ends for making nests. That’s such a sweet idea.

I have heard from one of my students in the past would leave her ends hanging from a bush in her garden for the sparrows to use when they are nesting. She would also supply them with the fur that her dogs & cats had shed.

Creative Changes

There are now more than 500 participants making the Secret Garden CAL and naturally not everyone is using the same yarn brands, so there are some beautiful colour and texture differences.

Sharon
Sharon
Trina
Trina
Esther
Esther

But the most creative change has been from Tracey who has chosen to do the crab stitch round of the big flower in one of the colours from the centre.

Tracey
Tracey

Related Links

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1 Round-up 

Secret Garden CAL – Block 2

Secret Garden CAL – Feedback Time

Secret Garden supporting Lupus UK

Rainbow Valley is supporting Lupus UK
Rainbow Valley is supporting Lupus UK

Secret Garden supporting Lupus UK

Helen’s Secret Garden Prize Draw

Rainbow Valley Crochet Secret Garden CAL
Rainbow Valley Crochet
Secret Garden CAL

This blanket is a unique design by Helen Free using Stylecraft Special DK for a Crochet Along.  There are six blocks, each made in the four different colour ways giving a total of 24 blocks.  The finished size is about 140cm x 95cm.

There is no minimum donation.  For every £5 you donate, you will receive one entry into the prize draw.  Please make sure you leave your full name and email address to enter.

The draw will be held on April 28th when the Crochet Along is over.  The winner will be published on  Facebook and notified by email.

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We fund medical research to help find a cure for Lupus

LUPUS UK is the only National Charity which supports people with the immune system illness Lupus. We have a number of groups throughout the UK and support over 5,000 members through these groups. We also provide funding for medical research into this life threatening and debilitating illness

Secret Garden CAL – Feedback Time

Delightful Dragonflies & Wondrous Words

Julie-Anne
Julie-Anne
Barbara
Barbara
Heather
Heather
Faye
Faye
Helen
Helen
Judi
Judi
Lesley
Lesley
Barbara
Barbara
Melissa
Melissa

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Secret Garden CAL – Block 2

Helen
Helen

This week Helen released the second block pattern, it’s a dragonfly, my second favourite animal. My first being the butterfly and I’ve made loads of those already. I haven’t been able to take part much this week as I have been working on a commission, so I am sharing lots of feedback from the Facebook group instead.

Nikki
Nikki
Melissa
Melissa
Liz
Liz
Moira
Moira
Julie-Anne
Julie-Anne
Collette
Collette
Donna
Donna
Sharon
Sharon
Johnelle
Johnelle

Related Links

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1 Round-up

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1 roundup

Helen Free
Helen Free
Nanny
Nanny

Block 1 – Highlights

The mini butterflies block was released a fortnight ago and progress has been great. With now more than 450 participants across Facebook, Ravelry, Instagram and email.

Helen and the team have been excited and enthralled by the photographs and feedback.

The community that is evolving on Facebook is a lovely space to share progress, and everyone has been supportive of each other. With participants from 11 different time zones there is pretty much always someone online to talk to. The group have been very supportive with the more experienced crocheter’s offering help, hints, tips and support to those who are just starting out in the crochet community.

Block 2 was released at the beginning of the week and many have already begun creating it. But before I share any of the progress on the new block I wanted to give you a look back over some of the other mini butterflies along with feedback from members of the Facebook group.

Johnelle
Johnelle
Barbara
Barbara

Just when Barbara was all but ready to give up, everyone all pulled together and helped her along, and what a great job she made on her first butterfly block.

Well done for sticking at it.

Holly
Holly

And Barbara isn’t the only one to have found the new skills and techniques a little challenging. Holly also made good progress and finished her block.

There have been a large number of new crocheter’s to join us on the journey, but I am so pleased that they have persevered. I am also very proud of all those who got together and helped out by pointing people in the right direction towards the support photographs and videos.

D'Juana
D’Juana
Stella
Stella
Enid
Enid
Stella
Stella
Enid
Enid
Lynette
Lynette
Melissa
Melissa
Vicky
Vicky
Jill
Jill
Minno
Minno
Suzanne
Suzanne
Kathy
Kathy
Holly
Holly
Brody
Brody
Enid
Enid
Vera
Vera
Stacy
Stacy

Related Links

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

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Mini Butterflies

Helen Free
Helen Free

Rainbow Valley Crochet released her first crochet-a-long on 16th January 2017, after a couple of month’s of excitement and pre-sales reaching over 400 crochet enthusiasts world wide. The Secret Garden blanket began last summer with just a conversation (all the best idea’s start this way) among friends and soon developed into the creation of garden blocks with as little sewing as possible. The excitement began when Helen shared the image below in a very large online crochet group, having no idea how much interest it would bring.

Rainbow Valley Crochet Secret Garden CAL
Rainbow Valley Crochet
Secret Garden CAL

Helen quickly set about getting a test team together so that the idea could develop further and with as few teething problems as possible. I joined the team with Heather and Lesley, and later on Moira. All of us testing the block patterns to ensure that they were correct and pin-pointing any potential problem area’s. This gave Helen the opportunity to create photo tutorials for each block.

During this time, interest continued to grow and we saw an increase of visitors to the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook page. Helen then decided to do a pre-release pattern sales and with the option of purchasing yarn packs via her website in order to gauge the level of interest.

On release day, Helen emailed more than 400 participants directing them toward the support group. WOW! None of us were expecting such a huge number. I couldn’t believe it, but I have been telling Helen for a long time that she is a yarn artist and very talented indeed. But you can be the judge of that.

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