may 2014

You are invited to Beetlefelt Studio Taster Day
Saturday 31st May 2014, 10am-1pm

Taster DayMeet the Beetlefelt tutors, who will be demonstrating their skills and explaining about the many workshops on offer for you to book onto. Choose from Natural Dyeing, Crochet, Willow Weaving, Mosaic, Wood Block Printing and Paper Making.

Choose 3 crafts from the list and book online or email Cost £5 including materials, equipment and refreshments. 

Natural Dyeing with Dee Sayce

A truly wonderful time was had dipping and dyeing yarns and fabrics. Jill, Joy, Jen and Judy enjoyed finding out how to prepare, wet out and mordant yarns as well as the whole dyeing process involved to produce light fast and wash fast colours. If you would like to join us to do some dyeing with plant materials we shall be dyeing again on Sunday 1st June 10am-2pm, £32.  Natural Dyeing Workshop

We have organised a three day summer dyeing course so that you can spend some time foraging for local dye plants and working through the dye process in more depth. Follow the link to find out more.
3 Day Natural Dyeing Course

Natural dyeing

Photos from the April Natural Dyeing workshop

Mosaic with Sally Almond

Basically this is just complete heaven as you get to root around and choose from Sally’s collection of the most wonderful, colourful, patterned china pieces. The tiles are little nuggets of design and colour that buzz and sparkle like precious gems. If you would like to make Garden Mosaics then book onto our weekend workshop on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 10am-1pm, £64. Sally will show us how to make house numbers and paving stones.  Garden Mosaic Workshop


Photos and feedback from the April Mosaic workshop

"Thanks it was a most enjoyable weekend." Lyn

Crochet with Charly Lamb

We have organised more Crochet with Charly in May so pop along for a great time chatting and creating granny squares and wee animals. Lovely to see all the crochet produced last month with new folk enjoying getting the hang of crocheting.  A new series of three workshops are starting on Friday 9th May 7-9pm, £45.

Crochet Workshop


Photos and from the April Crochet classes

Machine Embroidered Bowl with Carol Mowl

These delicate bowls are fascinating to make. They develop from a layered mixture of bits and pieces of threads and fabrics into sculptured containers. The process invlolves using vanishing water soluable fabric and free style machine embroidery. Kirsty Allsop called this method the opium for textile artists. We are making more bowls on Saturday 12th July 10am-3pm, £36.

Machine Embroidered Bowl

Embroidered bowl

Don't forget the delicious home made cakes

"It was lovely to meet you for my sewing lesson. I would like to say how much I enjoyed it and time just ran away too quickly. It has given me some confidence to try some more flower embroidery," Christine

Felt Flower Brooch with Carol Mowl

What a pefect time of year to make flowers –just when they are all coming into bloom and there seems to be an explosion of colour. A gorgeous boquet of flowers was produced on the workshop and Joan felt inspired to make more. The date for the next workshop is to be arranged.

Flower brooch

Photos from the April Felt Flower Brooch workshop

Seamless Felt Purse with Carol Mowl

What a lovely day full of chat and crafting delights. I was asked to help put in straps into the purses and they turned out rather well as you can see. We made useful and practical purses beautifully designed and colourful too. The date for the next workshop is to be arranged.

Seamless felt purse

Photos and feedback from the April Seamless Felt Purse workshop

"Thanks for a great day, as usual! I thoroughly enjoyed it. My bag now has a plastic bag in it & is drying. Thank you for taking the time to show me how to attach a strap, I really appreciate it. Thanks again" Sue

Dates for your Diary 

Green Walk Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May Noon-6pm Green Walk off Wood Road, Whalley Range, Manchester. An exhibition by local artists of paintings, ceramics, glass, photography and more. Home-made food and drinks on the green.

Chorlton Arts Festival Craft Fair Saturday 17th May 10am-2pm. St Clements Church, High Lane, Chorlton, Manchester
Didsbury Open Gardens 22nd  June

Woolfest Friday 27th June 10am-6pm and Saturday 28th June 10am-5pm. At Mitchells Lakeland livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbris CA13 0QQ. Entrance costs £8 per day incuding free programme 2 day ticket £14.

Regular Events

Rag Bags Next meeting is Sunday 25th May 7-9pm. We are meeting up on the last Sunday of the month every month at the ‘Nip and Tipple’ pub to continue rag rugging projects and try out different techniques to recycle rags into beautiful things. If you would like to be kept informed about this get together, then email Rag Bags in the subject line to .

Tibetan Kitchen Take Away Sewing group Thursday afternoons 2 – 3.30pm Bring your knitting, hand sewing, crochet & embroidery. 254, Upper Chorlton Road M16 8DN Tel: 0161 881 1966

Chorlton Knits meet on the first and third Thursday, 6-8pm. Friendly and informal group of knitters. Back at the Lloyds now. Facebook page: ChorlltonKnits.




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