I think we can now pretty much say it is 'late spring' - or is it 'early summer'?
The wild flowers are growing at quite a pace (some call them weeds) but of course 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 month with Soft Comfrey and Cowslips, I moved on to Cow Parsley and then all the lovely grass seedheads started to appear.
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!
Currently both some of my plaster casts and some felt designs are at High Clandon Estate Vineyard where the gardens are open as part of the National Open Garden Scheme. They have work from a number of Surrey makers on display in the grounds and inside and of course a chance to sample (and purchase) their wonderful sparkling wine. (See the Fairs & Events page for details of days and times)
Meanwhile as ever my work is still for sale at The Surrey Guild of Craftsman Gallery in Moushill Lane, Milford - felt, baskets and plasterwork.
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 new Well Urned Rest page here, and my lovely new website at 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. https://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 classes, 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 (sometimes 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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