Arts Club Christmas Market
Art, craft, gifts and more for adults and children direct from the makers. Please come along on Sunday, 2nd December, 2 p.m.-5.30 p.m. The market is being held at The Welcome Centre, Church End, Walthamstow Village, E17. Nearest tube: Walthamstow Central
The stationery box is made of papier mache with flower motifs decoupaged on its sides, top and three drawers. I cut the floral images from a pretty paper bag.
I'm still pondering what to make to sell online and considering that I have to post my items, the best option is to stick to fabric. Papier mache creations are fragile, time consuming and make your house smell of glue, paint and varnish.
For months now, I have taken an active interest in the funding problems of the William Morris Gallery.
I'm a 'Friend' of the gallery and the membership is international. The council has cut the funding and the curator has been made redundant.
The Friends are worried that the collection will be endangered and the gallery will face closure in the future. At the moment things are in limbo and the opening days have been reduced.
There's a campaign going on and you can participate and/or make your views known at http://www.keepourmuseumsopen.org.uk/. When you're there, please sign the petition and find out what's going on.
I love Morris's designs and here's a wallhanging I made. Sandersons has bought his archive in the 1960s and is still manufacturing fabrics and wallpapers with his wonderful designs.
The quilt took a very long time to make and it's much in use in cold winter days. I snuggle into it to watch TV or to enjoy a good read.
The flower pattern has a vintage feel to it, while the blanket is old fashioned in execution as the squares and rectangles have been joined with a black crocheted border.
I wanted to include the quilt in a craft book I was pitching and I was told that people nowadays want quick and easy projects they can make in a weekend, so the quilt is out!
This pretty wallhanging for my baby's room was made from curtain material (a leftover my partner gave me, it came from his old house), small pieces from various shop swatchbooks and a few bits and pieces from discarded things.
But there are other uses you might have not thought of, such as: to fill with cuttings from my garden to tip in the compost heap, to dispose of snails and slugs (which are eating my vegetables and flowers), to store compost and other stuff in the shed and to use as a head wrap when I'm dying my hair or doing some DIY.
I'm sure if I think hard there are other uses, but motherhood has softened my brain, so that's it folks. I'm open to suggestions, though!