Big excitement earlier in August as I was shortlisted for the Wool Innovation Prize which meant an interview in Bradford to discuss my Well Urned Rest designs. It wasn't quite as Dragons Den as I expected and they were more interested in the innovative use of wool than how much money the venture would or would not make. Sadly, just a few days later I was notified that I was not the winner, but hey - shortlist of 6 or 7 isn't bad, eh?
Summer keeps coming and going! Lawns have needed extra mowing and goodness, all that weeding!
Even if you call wild flowers weeds, I don't mind - I have a perfect excuse not to pull them up as I need them for plaster casting!(https://www.facebook.com/charlescottagestudio)
After a busy time with Soft Comfrey and Cowslips, I moved on to Cow Parsley and then all the lovely grass seedheads started to appear. Many of the wild flowers are now over but there are some pretty seedpods still out there. And teasels. Many of you will remember they are my favourites to cast!
My week at RHS Wisley almost saw me run out of Cowslips and Bluebells, so it was lucky they were still around after the Craft & Design event!
I should mention that this range of work is now on sale at Living Stones in Fleet as well as the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Milford.
I went on to display both plaster and feltwork at Clandon Estate Vineyard where the gardens were open as part of the National Open Garden Scheme and as always I had to keep up with stock at The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Milford.
Keep an eye on my facebook pages for information and updates:
https://wwwfacebook.com/fantasiesinflight and of course my newer page at https://www.facebook.com/Charles-Cottage-Studio 156427688341159/
Make sure, too, that you check out the Fairs & Events page here from time to time for information about what is happening in 2019.
I hope you will all take a look at the now not-so-new Well Urned Rest page here, and my lovely website www.wellurnedrest.com.
I launched this on February 14th, a day when we all remember those we love. I have also started a Facebook page for updates this new work but please keep checking as the designs, being quite complicated, take a while to evolve. www.facebook.com/wellurnedrest
I will continue to list sporadically at:
The cards below are just a few designs painted by my son Thomas who is a research scientist in Australia. Painting is his relaxation and an antidote to looking down a microscope. Cards are £3.50 each including an envelope and postage is included. A selection of my own cards can be seen at The Surrey Guild shop.
I don't timetable classes but just agree dates with everyone individually.
At the moment I am running the following felting workshop, all a great introduction to wetfelting with a resist (essentially making a 3D item)
Bring me a Rose - make a small rose-topped trinket pot (as above)
Pods and Pots - producing a bowl or 'pod' big enough to gather small items
Gone to Seed - smaller pods with a seed and tendrils to use as a room scent
Fun with Felt Flowers - two felt flower brooches: another great workshop for those relatively new to felting
These classes are 3 hours long (often run over) and cost £45.00 including all materials if it is the first class you have done with me, and £40.00 if you have been before. I also offer a £5 discount for your own workshop if you bring a friend with you.
Please note: if you are interested in making coiled baskets, I will only be running workshops until the end of this year. So - if you would like to bring your fabric stash or favourite little girls' dresses and turn them into a useful basket to treasure all those memories (see below) now is the time to plan a class!
Memories Basket classes are full days with a lunch-break in the middle or there is a 3-hour class, just making them by hand rather than also on a machine. The full-day class is £80.00, half days are £45.00.
MEMORIES BASKETS MADE FOR YOU
Baskets can be made specially for you.
I call these Memories Baskets because they are made of fabrics that mean something special to you. This is a much better way to 'hoard' them, than a box of old clothes!
And yes, those of you who know about these baskets already will have noticed the name has changed. Someone pointed out the baskets will represent more than just one memory!
I can also make baskets in my own fabrics (or a mixture of both) but to match your colour preferences.
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