Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Sewcial at theYARD:artspace

The first Sewcial of the year is in the bag, and wow, what a fantastic day it was in the company of an enthusiastic and lively bunch of stitchers!
The workshop took place at artist Sue Brown's creative hub, theYARD:artspace in Cheltenham. 
As you may recall, no one knows what the workshop topic will be for a Sewcial until they arrive. Yesterday's group found themselves focusing on the concept of positive and negative space, experimenting with eyelet and needle weaving techniques and facing the challenge of how to apply these principles to a glass jar (the jar having negative space within it). The photo's demonstrate some of the day's sampling activity.
Sue Brown's bird prints have their beady eyes on the Sewcial suitcase treasures...

 
 
 
 
Sue Brown hard at work in the print studio while the Sewcial gathering stitched on.

If you'd like to try your hand at a Sewcial challenge the next workshop will take place on Friday 8th September 2017, once again, at theYARD:artspace. There are a limited number of spaces available so it really is best to book early. For more details please follow the link HERE



Thursday, 16 February 2017

Branching Out

We will have a small body of work included in this mixed-medium group exhibition next month. Exhibiting at the Apple Store Gallery will be a first for us - with a title like 'Branching Out' how could we refuse to take part..?

You are cordially invited to the opening on Saturday 4th March 2017. 


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Hibernation and Activity

Hibernation
Things may have seemed a little quiet on here of late as the Owl and the Hare (Murgatroyd & Bean) have been taking a hibernation of sorts. Please don't imagine that the Human has been slacking during their slumbers, she has been busy studying for a masters degree which is keeping her on her toes and sadly limiting the time available for other things.
However, we're about to get active!

With the evenings drawing out just that little bit and the promise of Spring around the corner, the gang are looking forward to venturing forth for the first workshop of the year -The Sewcial at the Yard:artspace in Cheltenham on 24th February. All of the places for this workshop are booked but we're pleased to announce that we'll be running another Sewcial at theYard:artspace in September. To find out more and to book a place please read on HERE.
These will be the only Sewcial workshops available this year so if you'd like to take part, do book early.

Righto, as you were. Thanks for reading.



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

'Wait a Little'

Time will tell but here's to 2017 unfurling into a most splendid year...

 

Friday, 18 November 2016

All that Glitters Could Be Tinsel

 Just when you thought the Circus Acts wagons had left town, the sequel event, Tinsel Town, can be seen glittering on the horizon and we can't wait to take part!

This unique event will not only be an exhibition/market of work by some very splendid makers indeed but it will also involve a series of creative workshops. A great opportunity to buy unique gifts and the chance to have a go at making some yourself too. 
In this post we'll concentrate on telling you about the workshops on offer. Bookings are already being taken so if you'd like to take part (bring a friend, make it a pre-Christmas treat), it's best to book early.  Here's what you need to know. 

Monday 12th December 10am-3.30pm: 'Tinsel Town Teacups: a hand stitched Winter landscape' with Kathleen Murphy of Murgatroyd & Bean     *FULL*
"During this workshop you will create a miniature 3D scene of a Wintery, woodland landscape atop a china teacup, using wool felts, fabric scraps and embroidery. Decorated with trees, gingerbread cottages, snowmen or tiny baubles, these dinky scenes would make a great Christmas table decoration heirloom or gift and are also useful as pincushions. Teacups will be provided but you're very welcome to bring along a treasured teacup of your own to use." 
Skill level: Intermediate Some previous handstitch knowledge helpful.
£50 per person. Includes materials, refreshments and a light lunch 

To book contact: kathleen@murgatroydandbean.co.uk or call 07971 684573 

Tuesday 13th December 10am-3.30pm: 'Tinsel Town Wrap' with Chrissie Pritchard (Bradley's) and Kate Hickson
"A day of fun and creativity - we'll help you cut some of your favourite, Christmas images in Lino so that you can then block print your own wrapping paper and print cards on our book press. Previous experience would be useful, but beginners can expect to learn a new skill as well as come away with some beautiful, one-off designs."   
£45 per person to include materials, refreshments & a light lunch
To book contact katehickson@yahoo.com or call 07724 554 290

Wednesday 14th December 10am-1pm: 'Tinsel Town Baubles' with Chrissie Pritchard (Bradley's
"A multi-media workshop for people of all abilities. Fill a selection of baubles with, well, whatever you like! Choose from our own selection of materials or bring your own trinkets to create baubles that will give your tree a new look for 2016. Alternatively, use the opportunity to make a present that truly won't be on the high street."
 £25 per person, to include materials and refreshments

To book contact katehickson@yahoo.com or call 07724 554 290

All workshops will take place at the Tinsel Town venue, 3 Newbury Terrace, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1AY  


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