Winter is officially over - the clocks have changed and suddenly we have lighter evenings making the days feel longer. Conversely, I get to 6pm and think it is earlier and I'm behind on whatever I am doing!
Gradually there is more vegetation to consider for plaster tiles - I am currently in love with Soft Comfrey, which has the most amazingly delicate flowers yet still gives some lovely detail.
I am now looking to gather work together ready for Craft & Design at RHS Wisley. This starts on May 2nd, but we set up on the two days before, and of course everthing needs to be ready - sanded, sealed, packed!
Immediately after I am taking both plaster work and felt designs to High Clandon Estate Vineyard where they will be open as part of the National Open Garden Scheme. They will 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.
Meanwhile as ever my work is still for sale at The Surrey Guild of Craftsman Gallery in Moushill Lane, Milford - felt, baskets and plasterwork.
I will be running another basketmaking workshop for FLEWS in May - see their website for booking information. This will again be at a special FLEWS discounted price. If you prefer to learn to make baskets in a smaller group or one-to-one, I will of course be just as happy to teach you here in West Horsley.
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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.
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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.
Alternatively, you might 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). This is the last year I will be running classes for basketmaking.
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.