L’Arche Candle Making Workshop in West Norwood

Fab Candles at L’Arche Craft Workshop

The Candle making workshop at L’Arche in West Norwood was a great success – lots of people came and another workshop is being planned!

Some people asked if it was every weekend!

Here are some photos of the day – lots of lovely candles and a few ice candles were made too (the round ones with ‘holes’ in them which are beautiful) – the workshop was suppose to last a couple of hours but it went on all day – some people had to go back in order to finish the candles.

Another workshop will happen possibly the last week of November but we will post up information soon. (see below for L’Arche social media links and for Rock Paper Scissors & The Stitch who will be posting when it will be)

L'Arche London UK Candle Making Workshop

L’Arche London UK Twitter

L’Arche London UK Facebook page

Rock Paper Scissors London Facebook page

RockPaperScissor’s London Twitter

The Stitch (craft workshop who use the L’Arche craftwork shops on Saturdays)

The Stitch Facebook Page

Szilvia makes a candle…

… and makes her mother proud 😀

Szilvia of ‘Fitness with Szilvia‘ and ‘Szilvia’s Pets‘ making her candle – a lot of people put colours in the wrong way around – the candle is made upside down – Szilvia’s colour scheme is based on a flame which is appropriate! – click the links to visit her facebook pages. (She has yet to decide on the name of her fitness business so the page is currently ‘Szilvia’s Fitness’ – I personally like the first version 😉

Szilvia from 'Fitness with Szilvia' step by step guide to candle making!

 

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New Makers Market in Tulse Hill

The Hub

(formally the James Wilson Coffee Shop)

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post (briefly), I’m part of a new makers market in Tulse hill.

It’s being organised by Lorraine Duncan otherwise known as @knitwizzneedles who also runs a community knitting and crochet group on Wednesdays – you can visit her google page here.

so far there are several Rock Paper Scissors London group members who sell at L’Arche in West Norwood and at the Coffee Shop itself but there are also others who sell Skin Care items, hearty food and children’s clothing, toys, wall art, home decoration and weird creatures (mine) and I usually have a few other items that I make so please pop along if you can :-)

They are open to new makers as a few didn’t make it and we need more to help give a good range of work by locals for locals (and anyone who wants to visit :-D)

Here’s a few photos I took of the 2nd market which was my first – the next makers market will be on the 6th June – I will add more photos to the gallery (click on images to visit) after each market so I hope to be able to show a whole range of work.

I just had a small table as it was my first go and I need more practice 😀

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Sally Durrans – Ceramics feature large double glazed work and smaller pieces that even kids love.

Sally Durran's ceramics cover a wide range of work from large to small items that kids love to.

Lorraine Duncan (knitwear/textiles) and Sally Durrans (ceramics) play around before opening up the Market

Lorraine Duncan (Knitter & Organiser) and Sally Durrans (ceramics)

Nicolette’s handmade children’s clock and a selection of jewellery

Nicolette's Handmade children's clocks

Lovely Handmade Dresses

Wonderful children's wear.

 Sue Debo’s has some hot and cold food on offer including a vegetarian option.

Sue Dabo - Porkies vegetarian option - meat option was Pulled Pork

You can visit each makers websites by following these links:

Nicolettes – Facebook page here Jewellery & handmade/painted character clocks

Lorraine Duncan – Twitter: @knitwizzneedles & google page here. Knitter/Crochet group and maker.

Sally Durrans – sallydurrans.wordpress.com – ceramics

Sue Dabo – @PorkiesBH  – Roast Meats & Savouries Specialists, Home Delivery, Markets, Events & Festivals.

To Huy @ToHuyTran Sew Unique Children’s clothing Designer and Maker of children’s clothing and handmade handbags and anything knitted or sewn.

More Makers will be joining each month as we grow!

 

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New creatures and a catch up…

My new creature ‘Iya’

‘Iya’ is a species monika rather than an individual name.

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The Iya creature has been floating around my head for along time and is the imaginary friend of a stop motion puppet I made a few years back – the version in the stop motion (very short!) film didn’t look how I visualised it where as this version is a lot closer to my final idea – This version that is for sale is a prototype for the pattern that I’m making so I plan to make more but with several changes – this one should be the most unique and original version!

You can see my stop motion character: about Clara: The stop motion puppet who makes her own stop motion puppets at www.clarasanimatedworld.co.uk – there are two short films on the site as well as a gallery of images of how she was made.

This is a furry version of my ‘Cats in Pants’ – I’m so close to finishing the pattern – it’s annoying as it’s taking me ages to finish! gargh.

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This is a furry mustache dude – he stands up if he uses his hands to balance 🙂
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I made some posters of a few of the characters that can be downloaded and printed at home via my 2nd Ety shop (I’ve had several but it got too much to sort – now down to two!!)

Here’s the new Etsy shop…

my Photo Etsy shop can be seen in the sidebar of this blog – I’ve had wanted to start this new shop for ages but couldn’t decide if I had to make another website and blog just for making things but I really don’t want to just yet 🙂

Mini Needle Felted Kitten

I forgot to take more photos of this tiny needle felted kitten – it’s now living in Paris with my baby niece – I still have yet to finish the Cat doll and the kitten was suppose to be the Cat doll … er… doll. 🙂

Needle Felted Kitten

I’ve been helping out at The Stitch group and I also made a few items for them to sell at The Feast in West Norwood as a fund raiser – I hope to offer them as digital downloads as well – all to help the community group keep going and fulfil it’s future plans – you can find out about The Stitch here

The Stitch poster design four colour versions

NEW MAKERS MARKET IN TULSE HILL

I will be selling some of my work at a new Makers Market at The Hub (formally the James Wilson Coffee Shop) in Tulse Hill – it’s in its early stages but hopefully if people come it can grow bigger – so far there are several Rock Paper Scissors London group members who sell at L’Arche in West Norwood and at the Cafe itself but there are also others who sell Skin Care items, heart food and children’s clothing so please pop along if you can 🙂

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Making Posters and Websites for Local Communities

I’ve not blogged for awhile yet I feel that I have because I’ve been doing it elsewhere!

I’ve started a private forum for Rock Paper Scissors – London Members and a website – very early days on the website so only 4 members so far – more to be added soon.

I made a simple website for The Stitch in West Norwood (hosted at L’Arche and these are all through the Lambeth Council ‘The Open Works‘).

We made a banner for the Bzz Garage featuring little dry needle felted Bees and lots of crafty floral items – I made the central Bee which I’m rather pleased with (not the text part) – the first version went horribly wrong though.

Some of the 'Stitchees' putting the banner together
Some of the ‘Stitchees’ putting the banner together

I have also been taking photographs for them as helping out so for someone who is unemployed I’ve been busy!!

I’ve spent today (besides applying to jobs) have been making up some posters that could be used as a fundraiser for The Stitch who will be selling items made by the ‘stitchees’ at The Feast at St Luke’s Church – West Norwood on the 7th June 2015.

The Feast - first Sunday of each month (April to December)
The Feast – first Sunday of each month (April to December)
The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner
The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner (it’s huge & I need to take a better photo!)

Fundraiser Poster Ideas…

Using the Stitch logo I’ve made a poster – vector with textures added and a little ‘light painting’ to give the sewing machine some depth.

The Stitch poster design four colour versions

 

These are some other versions of possible poster designs… think I like the yellowish background on the above to feature on the ones below… !?The Stitch Poster Design

I had a go at using the above image to make some repeat patterns…

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Caroline Hands – Painter & Mixed Media Artist

I’m also helping a lifelong traditional painter with all her work and photography – helping her learn Lightroom and to create her own greeting cards and to aid her creation of a book that shows her travels and the artwork she has produced throughout her long international career – you can view her work, and video created by the R&A collaborations at Caroline Hands 

She also creates Batiks and large Copper artworks such as these – love them!

Caroline Hands Copper Plates
Caroline Hands Copper Plates

 

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The Stitch…

..is getting a website!

www.thestitch.co.uk

(not linked yet so click the image below to visit the page – it is early stages though!)

The Stitch Community Group West Norwood Logo

Tara who hosts the Stitch, has got the domain name, the blog has been started, links have started being added and there are posts but those have yet to be published.

This is a community group and it’s members are helping Tara set up the website, mailing lists and even setting up the sewing machines, materials and ideas so it really is a community.

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; Hats at The Stitch
A ‘Stitchee’ who made this hat from an old jumper

I will update when it officially launches but feel free to visit the Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram

You can see more photos taken at the Stitch on their website (I have put some on there already as I’ve been the one taking them) or you can click the images on this page and you can see the whole gallery of images.


 Themes…

Each week ‘themes’ are set but people can just pop in with their own project to do instead or maybe learn crochet or knitting, sew a skirt, fix a hole in a favourite shirt etc – some upcycling projects have been done already and the plan is to do more – they are open to suggestions so leave a comment on their website.

Men are also welcome so ideas for projects for guys would be great – there is a pinterest board as well.

Dry Needle Felting

We had a go at dry needle felting and one of our members made this!! how cool is this Japanese character 🙂

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; Needle Felting at The Stitch & other creative projects.

I made this cat… he needs more stripes and I might make his bum bigger… he will be a doll for a cat doll ;-P

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; Needle Felting at The Stitch & other creative projects.

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The Stitch testing my ‘Cats in Pants’ pattern…

On Saturdays I attend the Stitch group in West Norwood – L’Arche next to St Luke’s Church where the Feast is held once a month.

I asked the members if they would like to have a go at my pattern ‘Cats in Pants’ and several tried it out – as the following Saturday had a mixed up on dates we had to cancel so I yet to see everyone’s finished Kitten but here’s a few photos.

People used old clothing or new fabrics…

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch West Norwood

 

Rachel’s making of her little ‘Kitten in Bloomers’ 🙂

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RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch West Norwood

 

Rachel finished off the pants at home and sent me this photo… soooo cute!

This little sweetie gives a good example of how they look using buttons as eyes – just in case you don’t have any toy safety eyes lying around.

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Check out this stylish little fella… love the pocket and hankie.

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The Stitch RunnyCustard HIRES -13

The Stitch West Norwood

I do hope to finish the pattern soon – I keep changing my mind on different elements and I’m bursting to start on the Cat doll that I started in November!

Ps: here’s a photo of the Cat with his pants on his head… sorry, couldn’t help myself.
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 Beautiful old sewing machines…

Tara asked me to take a few photos of the old sewing machines for the blog she hopes to set up for the group… here’s a few that I rather like.
(click on the images to visit The Stitch photo gallery on my main website.
RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch Sewing Machines

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch Sewing Machines

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch Sewing Machines

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Making Uncovered – Brixton 2014

Making Uncovered – Brixton 2014 launches Brixton Design Week

Makerhood’s “Making Uncovered” are the opening event of the Design Week Brixton, part of the London Design Festival. There’s lots more on offer! Have a look at the website to see what’s on.
RunnyCustard: Making Uncovered 2014 &emdash; Six Brixton - wave to the evening sun!

There are interviews with the Artisans on the Makerhood blog
RunnyCustard: Making Uncovered 2014 &emdash; Furniture maker Ben Willis
Here are a few photos from the day (I went towards the end of the day so please check out Makerhood’s website for more information)
RunnyCustard: Making Uncovered 2014 &emdash; Rachel Stanners of Prickle Press

RunnyCustard: Making Uncovered 2014 &emdash; Beth Mander of Handmade Palace - clay pots or tiles workshop

I would love to try most of these specialties! Love printing of all types, photographic techniques, woodworking and clay too… sigh

 

 

 

The event was sponsored by

Makerhood

WBC

Diverse

Brixton Design District

Thought Menu

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