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Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre Workshop

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Hi everyone! This week my Dad and I took an impromptu trip to the Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre for a 2 hour stone carving workshop. Before I arrived there, I had prepared a sketch for the class but didn't really know what to expect from the class itself, or how difficult it might be to carve stone into something aesthetically lovely. I had the best time! Here is my creation: This is an Art Nouveau inspired fish tile measuring about 5" x 5". Considering that I've never tried stone carving before, I am really pleased with my result! We had a great teacher [Jonathan Sells] and even though I was worried that 2 hours would not be long enough, I think going in prepared with my design helped a lot. Also, I am the type of person who given the chance, will just keep hacking away at something forever if I don't have a time limit; so it was a positive thing for me to see how much can be done in that time! We started off learning how to make a relief square, like this: I cou

LS Lowry Cross Stitch - Progress Update #1

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One of my favourite artists is LS Lowry and a few years ago I was given a wonderful gift of a cross-stitch kit featuring his 'Street Scene' [1935] painting. I've been working on it on and off in my limited leisure time since then and thought that I might start chronicling the progress via my blog in order to stay motivated and show off what I've done. The finished size is 32cm x 26cm, so avid cross-stitchers will understand what a big undertaking it it - but I'm determined to get it finished! Just to give you an idea of the time that goes into these types of projects here's a spot the difference for you:  Yes I did put it on the ground And after several hours of work here's my progress: As you can see - not a huge amount of change but it's somewhat fulfilling to take these progress pictures when you are working on a bigger piece. Maybe I'm a slow stitcher?! I think I might be, but that makes it even more rewarding in the end! I'll keep updating a

Upcoming Workshop for Kids - Hampshire and New Forest!

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I'm really excited to share my next children's workshop to be held at the New Forest Arts Centre in August - crafts inspired by the film Ron's Gone Wrong!   This is a whole day event where participants can make crafts with me and one other artists plus watch the film 'Ron's Gone Wrong' itself. It's going to be a whole lot of awesome fun! In my part of the day we'll be making our own mini robot pals, something like this guy: To find out more information and to book, use the following link:  https://www.forest-arts.co.uk/event/creative-camps-rons-gone-wrong Hope to see you there! Sarah :)

Upcoming Workshop for Adults - Hampshire and New Forest!

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I'm really excited to share my next workshop to be held at the New Forest Arts Centre in August: Folk Embroidered Felt Brooches.   This should be a really fun and relaxed evening event and we will be making something a little like this: To find out more information and to book, use the following link:  https://www.forest-arts.co.uk/event/craft-class-wine-glass-folky-embroidered-felt-brooch Hope to see you there! Sarah :)

That Ain't Gonna Wash Off!

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This week something totally WILD happened - one of my great friends went out and got herself a fabulous smiley lion face tattoo featuring my design! What an incredible honour to have one of my drawings permanently inked onto someone else's body - I think it works really well as a cute and simple tattoo design. Tattoo by Tofu Tattoo, Perth, Australia You can see more work by the very talented artist who did the actual tattoo on  her Instagram .  This has reminded me; super fans will remember that I sold temporary tattoos a while ago, one of which was this design. What do we think - maybe they need to make a comeback? 😀 Bye for now! Sarah

Merino Wool Crochet Slippers

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I haven't posted for a while as I've been adjusting to some changes in my routine but I wanted to share my latest finished personal project - these fab crocheted slippers that I made all for myself! I have had the pattern for these for quite a long time and managed to find some merino yarn in my stash that worked with the pattern too. I've never made slippers or socks before, but found the pattern (a mix of double and treble crochet worked in the round) to be fairly easy and quick to make.  Since this was a stash project, I changed the colours from the original pattern but I really like the contrast of the green and purple that I used. I hear that merino wool regulates body temperature, wicks away sweat and eliminates odours so it's something of a super-fibre and probably great for slippers. They've certainly served me well so far and haven't slipped off my feet as I feared they might and the big pompoms make me feel very jolly. In progress I'm looking forwa

T-shirt Printing at the Forest Arts Centre

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Last week I took on a children's t-shirt printing workshop at the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton. I really wanted to give the workshop an eco-friendly angle, so I collected lots of found objects from discarded handles to single use plastics in various shapes and sizes and we used these dipped in specialist paint to create repeating and abstract patterns.  After giving minimal instructions I let the kids experiment on sheets of paper before printing their t-shirts and they came up with some wonderfully creative and colourful designs to wear on their Easter holidays. I'll let the shirts speak for themselves! A sample shirt created by me! A few experiments on paper... ...Before the real thing! I love how each t-shirt came out completely differently, with every one expressing something about the personality of its wearer. The children really seemed to enjoy it, they didn't get too messy and weren't phased by facing the blank white canvas of a t-shirt! A success all around