Tuesday Tips

Crafty Tips and Hints

One of our followers found these amazing books on crochet and knitting – direct from Japan Click here. These are great if you are a chart follower, as charts uses a universal language unlike written patterns across the world.

Pomadour24’s Craft Cafe not only has a large range of knitting and crochet patterns, you can also find sewing and felting alongside beading, embroidery and patchwork. A great resource that needed to be shared.

 

Photo source: Pomadour24

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Crochet Symbols Photo source: DMC

 

Throwback Thursday

Keepsake Bears

April 2015

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All these bears were handmade using memorable pieces of clothing or fabrics and were machine & hand sewn by Medway participants. For all of Unravel & Unwind’s classes visit our website or for shorter more general information sign up to our weekly newsletter.

Tuesday Tips

20150404_132620Crazy Quilting, Beading, embroidery and Silk Ribbon Embroidery

This time last year I came across some amazing looking embroidery blocks, they were beautiful, misshaped, full, busy and best of all just plain crazy. I fell in love with them instantly. I was then pointed in the direction of an amazing website with online classes where I could learn the techniques needed to create a crazy quilt block. The online class created by Shawkl.com lasted about 8 weeks and was full of wonderful creative people from all over the world. During the class I completed 2 quilt blocks and have gone on to create 2 more.

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Shawkl.com runs the classes throughout the year and runs follow up online workshops too. To find out more about crazy quilting and to register on the next round, 11-13 May 2016, visit the open registration page.

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Faye’s class block
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Terry Pratchett Inspired
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Inspired by “My Golden Child” by Lyn Tidy
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Alice in Wonderland

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Book Review

BOOK REVIEW:

Introduction to making cloth dolls by Jan Horrox

Article written by our lovely volunteer, Bernice.

cloth doll book“My mother bought me this book in 2012 and it inspired me to start making dolls and I haven’t looked back since.  I had recently had an operation and this craft really made me feel like I was putting myself back together again.  Since then I have gone on to design my own dolls – here is a picture of a doll that I created to look like me!”  You can find out more about Bernice’s work as a fine artist here

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Self-portrait doll of Bernice

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Supporters Spotlight – Nelly

Supporter Spotlight

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Hello everyone!
For those of you who receive our newsletter, you might have noticed that Unravel and Unwind has a new volunteer: Nelly… That would be me, so I thought I would briefly introduce myself to you.
6 years ago, I left my job to look after my daughter, Chloé. The last couple of years (as Chloé started going to pre-school and then school) I have discovered my love for arts and crafts. I mean, my looooooooove for arts and crafts: drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet-ing, papiermache-ing, you name it! I constantly seem to have several crafty projects going on. A friend of mine told me about Riven’s drawing class (which I highly recommend whatever your experience in drawing) and that’s how I discovered Unravel and Unwind: a place dedicated to arts and crafts! Yeah!! And here I am! I will be mainly helping with the admin/social media aspect but you’ll probably see me around playing with the sewing machines, the knitting needles, the yarn…. anything I can get my hands on, really.

Hope to meet you soon!
Nelly
Random fact about me: I love hats, all kind of hats!

News from The Weekly Drop

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

Homemaker collage

The Future is NOW!!!

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Last week we held a social evening for our volunteers to help us shape Unravel & Unwind CIC for the future. One of the questions we asked was “What would you like to see in the future?” and we wanted to share the results with you all (also it’s a way we can refer back to the ideas later on). Continue reading “The Future is NOW!!!”

Upcycled Memory Shirt tutorial

 

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How to make a shirt into a cushion cover

This will be my first tutorial, so do please bear with me. I was asked last week if I could turn some shirts into cushion covers. Of course I said yes, it can’t be hard to do. Then I was asked to ensure that the shirts stay intact. Continue reading “Upcycled Memory Shirt tutorial”

Dressmaking skills with Bette Love

Bette Love returns to Unravel & Unwind

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Bette Love (click on photo to visit Bette’s website)

In July & August we welcome back Rachel from Bette Love, to pass on her skills in dressmaking. These skills range from made to measure pattern drafting through to the completion of an item of clothing, ready to wear.

Rachel is offering two classes in the coming months. She will be repeating the pencil skirt made to measure class, as this is a popular addition to our program of events and sells out very quickly.

The class is small, limited to 4 people, and affordable at just £45 for the whole day (11am to 5pm) and includes all the materials needed to go home with a very smart pencil skirt ideal for formal occasions.

Continue reading “Dressmaking skills with Bette Love”