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Colourful Christmas Tree Makes at RNCM

19 Dec

We has great fun running a colourful Christmas Tree make at the Royal Northern College of Music at their Festive Family Fun Day


All the best to you&yours for the final jamborees of 2016 and onward to 2017x

Gloriously sunny @RNCMvoice #spring #sound #sticks #workshop #Matisse #inspiration

21 Mar


Another glorious family day workshop at Royal Northern College of workshop yesterday with kids and their adults. Lots of fab Sound Sticks created inspired by Matisse cut outs. Thank you to everyone who came and took part. Lots of familar faces now 😉 Next up is World Book Day at RNCM on 26th June. See you there x

A Stitch in Time

7 Dec

Over the last couple of months I have had the pleasure to work with members from the Avenue Craft Group and Crumpsall Craft Crewe to create two textile wallhangings entitled A Stitch in Time. The brief was to incorporate and showcase the many different types of textile crafting techniques and stitches that the members utilise, whilst also depicting local and well loved landmarks, both historic and modern.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the groups and as well as learning much more about their local areas, was thoroughly impressed by the skill and stitching expertise of the group members. The resulting colourful wall hangers (that can be displayed seperately, or together) are not only eye catching, they also encourage the viewer (whatever their age!) to look closely to spot all the flora&fauna on display and also to see if the local landmarks in Heaton park and Boggart Hole Clough can be spotted.

Fun for all the Family at RNCM last Sunday

30 Jun

Claire, Fiona and I really had a great time last Sunday running a workshop as part of RNCM Family Fun Day inspired by MMU’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival. Here is just a taster of the exuberant headresses that were made, all with a musical and/or story theme.

Thank you to all our fabulous workshop participants and see you at our next RNCM Family Fun Day on Sunday 25th October 😉

Made any New Year resolutions Yet?

31 Dec

It’s that exciting time of of year end, and on the cusp of a new one. If you fancy learning a new practical skill in 2014, check out;

http://www.beetlefelt.co.uk/index.html for lots of ideas.


PS There’s always excellent tea, chat and home made cake as well, as part of every workshop. What’s not to like.

Sneak Preview of; All Hands Together To;

5 Nov

Huzzah,  The All Hands Together To; banner is finished! Prior to the unveiling on Friday 23rd November here is a sneak preview;

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 All Hands Together To; celebrates 500 years of faith in Chorlton, by using 500+ textile handprints from the Chorlton community in the banner. For the record we have run hand collecting workshops at; 6 local primary schools; 2 toddler and parent groups; 2 OAP events and 4 local festivals!
Laying out and designing the banner was a joy, as Isabel and I could revisit lots of the ‘hands’ and the people who made them. Gluing the ‘hands‘ onto the banner was rather a chore,  with progressively sore knees and a sore back for me. On the plus side I got to listen to some great music to dull the pain and boredom. I just had to keep reminding myself of the reasons behind the banner and how glorious it would look! I am chuffed with how the banner looks now and cannot wait to see it in situ on display in St Clement’s church hall, which as a vibrant community hub will mean that it should be seen by lots of the local community. The banner aims to celebrate all the people of Chorlton and what a great community it is.


A big thank you to everyone who contributed to All Hands Together To; espescially  Mandy Tolley (see http://www.mandomanderin.co.uk) who gave us bagfulls of textile scraps and Isabel Wright for all her practical advice and help in making the banner.