If you are at all creative and you fancy having a bit or arty fun, join in our art swap! Please read the rules below before joining.
1) PM me on FaceBook or email me (email@example.com) with your postal address to join in BEFORE 12 noon on September 19th
2) Include some information about yourself – anything that would give another person a hint about what to make for you. For example, “I like the colour green, poppies and reading.” The person you swap with may choose to follow the hints OR NOT. They’re there in case someone is stuck for inspiration.
3) I will pair people randomly and send each person the name and address of the other
3) Create your art! I’m suggesting that we keep pieces to a maximum size of 6″x6″ – just so that materials and postage costs don’t get out of hand.
4) Have it made and posted by October 31st.
5) Comment on the MoonMunkie Facebook Page with a photo when you receive your piece.
If you enjoy it, we could make it in to a quarterly event!
I’m so excited to be having a second tutorial published! This time my work will feature in the superb Bury and West Suffolk Magazine. It’s going to be part of their Christmas issue, coming out in November. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but here’s a little glimpse of what’s coming. A simple but beautiful craft that will add a festive feel to any home. The kids can get on board. They’ll even make lovely gifts. But you’ll have to get the magazine to get the full scoop!
If you’re trying to find a special gift for a special person, or you’ve got someone who is impossible to buy for, why not consider making a gift for them. Come along to one of MoonMunkie’s “Stocking Fillers” workshops where you’ll learn to make a gift and take it away, as well as the skills to recreate it to your heart’s content at home.
Places are limited to an absolute maximum of 8 people per class. So please book early to avoid disappointment.
STOCKING FILLERS. Wednesday 22nd 7.30-9.30pm. £10 + materials* (Book in advance, pay on the day)
Festive hair clips: Learn to make 2 different hair accessories, ideal for gifts for little people or make something for the office party!
STOCKING FILLERS. Wednesday 29th 7.30-9.30pm. £10 + materials* (Book in advance, pay on the day)
Customised book: Make a hand folded and bound note book and customise it for that special someone in your life.
STOCKING FILLERS. Wednesday 12th 7.30-9.30pm. £10 + materials* (Book in advance, pay on the day)
Linocut Christmas Cards. Carve a lino block and then print with it. Take it home and use it to make all of your cards this year!
STOCKING FILLERS. Wednesday 26th 7.30-9.30pm. £10 + materials* (Book in advance, pay on the day)
Scandi-chic village. Make a stylish decoration for your home or to give to someone special this Christmas in the distinctive and cheerful Scandinavian style.
CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS with Maureen Grenfell: Saturday 22nd, 1.30-3.30pm £25 all materials included (payment in advance please) CHANGE OF VENUE – please check your EMAIL!
If you’ve always wanted to learn crochet this is your opportunity. The wonderful Maureen will be at MoonMunkie Studio to take a very special beginners class. Places are limited to 4 so that everyone has lots of one-to-one time with Maureen. All materials are included and you will be able to take home instructions and a hook to continue your work.
* +materials = you will be given the option to bring your own materials or to buy a pre-prepared pack from the studio.
A tutorial I wrote on how to make a rolled paper-bead bracelet was picked up to be adapted for publishing! It’s in an ebook called The Book of Books by Mahe Zehra Hussein. And my photo made it to the front cover! I’m so excited. You could have a look at it here if you wanted to. I took the original tutorial and adapted it to make a really pretty little necklace from upcycled pages of a vintage book.
There is a bracelet in the same design available to purchase now in my online whimsical makery emporium. The paper pearls are hand rolled and sealed and then alternated with multicoloured glass seed beads on a stretchy but strong beading thread. It’s a really sweet little bracelet that would make a lovely treat for a special friend, or just a a pick-me-up for yourself. It looks great on and goes with everything. It’s a lovely gift for a friend for Christmas or birthday or just a little treat for you. Go ahead, you know you want to!
We’ve just reached the end of a WONDERFUL summer school, based on the novel Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. MoonMunkie Studio played host to 8 young people as we read the story together and then used it as a springboard to create some jungle art. The participants did SO well. I was impressed with their focus and drive as well as the artistic abilities they demonstrated.
You can see their work in the gallery below. DO leave a comment and reinforce how impressive their work is!
See the Upcoming Workshops page for all the details. But here is just a taster of what’s happening at MoonMunkie over the next few weeks. If you want to come and play, book early as space is limited. Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today was the Intro to Art Journaling Workshop hosted by Dizzydollylou. It was a lovely couple of hours. The ladies, all veteran crafters, were on top form and set to making mini-journals with vigour. There was glue and cake, pretty papers, cake, lovely silken thread, cookies and lots of chatter about fur-babies. Did I mention the cake? Homemade by Tams! Dizzydolly plied us with copious cups of coffee and tea. The atmosphere was most convivial and very conducive to Makery. And by golly what Makery they accomplished.
Sarah and Emma made mini-journals covered in fabric, with a lovely button fastening. Tams made a collaged cover of torn vintage book papers. (And I cunningly forgot to take a photo of it, so I’ll have to wait for her to send me one.) They’re meeting again tomorrow to finish them off and maybe make some journaling cards. I wish I could be there too!
Important Dates for your Diary
- Art Unequalled 3rd-5th May – If you live local to Bury St Edmunds, you really MUST drop in to in the Atheneum. It’s a fantastic craft fair, with really really talented people selling their work and demonstrating their skill. Dizzydollylou will be there with her gorgeous felt and silver. And also Emma Sadler, who was at my workshop today. She’s an amazing art photographer. You should go and look and like her FB page immediately so that you don’t miss out on any of her Don’t Look Down series. It’s breathtakingly good.
- Needle Felting For Beginners with Dizzydollylou May 16th here at my home. Still places available! Don’t leave it too late to book.
- May Summer School for Kids: Journey to the River Sea 26th-30th May designed and run by me. I’m especially excited about this. It’s going to be a brilliant week of adventure through reading, art and craft. Aimed at children aged 8-12. Get in touch for more details because places will be limited.
- Coptic Bookbinding 5thJuly designed and run by me at Keep on Crafting, Bury St Edmunds. Call Mandy to book a place. 01284 701101.
So… heaps of opportunity to get involved with the Makery. Don’t miss out!
An example of what you could be making if you’re coming to my workshop at Keep on Crafting on Saturday. This is just one option- upcycled from a set of file dividers. The workshop for this Saturday is booked up. There are still spaces available on Apil 24th. Email email@example.com if you’re interested in booking a spot!
Made from a lovely soft piece of leather I found for 20p in a recycle shop, lined with quilting fabric and fastened with a leather thong. This is my prototype re-fillable journal. I plan to make many! And then to design beautiful notebooks, diaries, calendars and pages to fill them. I’m happy with:
- the colour scheme
- the fold-over function to protect the page edge
- the macrame knotted accents
I’m unhappy with:
- the stability of the lining – it will need additional stitching
- the thickness of the thongs which close the journal – it’s too fiddly
- the corners of the leather – need to be rounded to look more “finished”
- the length of the second inner thong – it needs to be wider in order to hole a second signature
Additionally I’d like to add some or all of the following features:
- inner pen or brush holder
- inner pocket
- book mark
- spine adornments – charms or some such
Let me know what you think!
Fabrics that will melt nicely. Sandwiched together with Bonda-web. Covered with a layer of chiffon. Awaiting some serious stitchery before I take a soldering iron to it. Hopefully a project for the Easter hols, when it can be done outdoors in the spring sunshine without causing asphyxia to my nearest and dearest.
Many thanks to Susan Lenz for her wonderful tutorial