Did winter ever really happen? Somehow we have got almost to the end of March (and surely this is Spring?) without any really cold weather in the South of England - just an extraordinary amount of rain!
Wintery days are good for felters - all that energy keeps us warm! It's been helpful, too, for finding greenery for my Charles Cottage Studio plaques. I really need to have a wide selection of work available for the beginning of May when I will be at Craft in Focus at RHS Wisley.
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 have been asked to run 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.
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.
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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 look forward to seeing more of you at workshops this year. If you have only just found this website, I should explain that 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 workshop if you bring a friend with you.
If you prefer working with fabrics, 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)
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.