We're getting very excited about Crafternoon tomorrow. We hope you are! Remember if you are in the East London area tomorrow to pop in and say hello. We will be crafting away from 12pm in Hanbury Hall (right next to brick lane and the Duke of Uke).
Crafternoon is creeping quickly up on us and in preparation for the big day (Saturday 11th September in case you had forgotten!) the Crafty Creatures thought it would be a good idea to make their own bunting - results are in the photo above.
Bunting is incredibly easy to make and looks pretty! The most time consuming part of making it is cutting out all the triangles. To make our bunting we brought 2 metres of different flowered fabric. It doesn't matter, really, what sort of fabric you use but we used a cotton mix mainly because it was cheap and the one we selected had a nice flower print on it. We also brought some dark blue cotton binding and some pinking shears. We would advise spending quite a bit on the pinking shears as they will be sharper and easier to use. The pair we used was rubbish and as a result some of the triangle weren't cut out very well. Hopefully no one will notice though.
Once all our triangles were cut out, we sensibly got out the sewing machine and started attaching the triangles to our dark blue binding. To hid the unfinished edge of the triangles you must fold the binding whilst you sew. You could pin the triangles on to the binding first if you wanted and then iron the binding so you sharp edge to it...we were lazy and failed to do this. Remember to leave a nice gap between each triangle. We left 19cms between each triangle. Once all the triangles are attached you have finished and can hang the bunting where ever takes your fancy. We even had enough triangles left to make another 10 metres of bunting!
Drink, Shop & Do is brand new and very fun cafe bar that has recently opened on the Caledonian Rd, Kings Cross. One Crafty Creature went there for lunch today and they serve a fine array of tea, cakes and snacks. You can also buy the chair you're sitting on if you fancy it! The owners of DSD have great things planned so keep an eye on their website for information on forthcming events.
While you're crafting away and sipping your Rosie Lee at our next Crafternoon (11th Spetember), we'll have live music from the fabulous Fiona Bevan, who has been compared to artists as seemingly diverse as Joni Mitchell, Erykah Badu and Mark Bolan! You can have a listen here: http://www.fionabevan.co.uk/
We know this is a little late in the day to be telling readers about the The Roving Bazaar as their event in Peckham is today. However if you are at a loose end you may want to pop to the Sassoon Gallery on Blenheim Grove, Peckham, for a day of crafty goodness. They are also hosting a vintage, bric-a-brac sale and spinning some quality tunes to get you in the mood for a night of dancing (if you have such plans made).
The festival season may be drawing to a close, but fear not, the Crafty Creatures are here to help combat those end-of-the-summer blues with another round of imaginative eco-friendly monster-making and cross-stitching, fuelled by a mouth-watering selection of tempting treats and a never-ending supply of tea.
The Crafty Creatures love recycling and we encourage you to bring along a much loved t-shirt, to cut up and transform into your very own cloth creature! Whether you end up producing a material manifestation of your alter-ego, or perhaps a handy voodoo doll of your boss, whilst your creative juices are flowing our lovely hosts and hostesses will be at your beck and call to guide you in your crafting as well as serve up a selection of homemade cakes and hot drinks.
The Crafty Creatures fundraise for the Spitalfields Crypt Trust, a small but vital local charity that offers a range of high-quality support, rehabilitation and training services to people facing problems of homelessness, addiction or social isolation. ALL PROFITS will go to them – so while you’re crafting away you can be happy in the knowledge that you’re helping a very worthy cause.
So come along to the lovely Hanbury Hall, conveniently located just off Brick Lane and 5 minutes from Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street, for a fun afternoon of crafts, cakes and feel-good activity. Go on – let your inner Crafty Creature roar!
Date: Saturday 11 September 2010 Time: 12 - 5.30pm Entry: £5 Hanbury Hall 22 Hanbury St E1 6QR Nearest Tube: Aldgate East / Liverpool St / Shoreditch High Street (London Overground)