CRAFTING, Monday Makes

Monday Makes: Sock it to ’em!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Pamela Emerson, AKA The Crafty Historian. Fascinated by social history, and an experienced and talented crafter and teacher, Pamela is deeply passionate about Northern Ireland's creative industries and projects.She is involved in the fabulous Voluntary Arts / Voluntary Arts Ireland #loveto campaign, actively encouraging people to get involved… Continue reading Monday Makes: Sock it to ’em!

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Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft

As some of you already know, the hand that holds the Quill also holds down a day job, at a wonderful company in Lisburn called Leckey who design, manufacture and distribute postural and mobility products for people with special needs. (here's hoping my bosses are reading this... 😉 ) Last Thursday, we were offered the opportunity… Continue reading Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft

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Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft

As some of you already know, the hand that holds the Quill also holds down a day job, at a wonderful company in Lisburn called Leckey who design, manufacture and distribute postural and mobility products for people with special needs. (here's hoping my bosses are reading this... 😉 ) Last Thursday, we were offered the opportunity to join in an evening of origami, led by Donegal-based paper art company Japanese Papercraft.
 

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Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

Hello! It's hard to believe this is my first post of 2014 - where have those months gone?! I'm sorry for abandoning the Quill for a while; job changes and work commitments have eaten up a lot of my time and energy over the past few months. However, I'm pleased to say that during this… Continue reading Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

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Monday(!) Makes: Handy fold-up shopping bag

Better late than never, that's what I always say. I do have my reasons... on Monday, my lovely boyfriend surprised me with a lovely meal in a lovely restaurant, as it was our third anniversary (happy face), on Tuesday I had a migraine all day (sad face), and yesterday - well, yesterday I lay down… Continue reading Monday(!) Makes: Handy fold-up shopping bag

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Monday(!) Makes: Handy fold-up shopping bag

I received this lovely book, The Perfect Handmade Bag by Clare Youngs as a present a couple of years ago and have never got round to trying any of the projects - until now. I spotted a great tutorial for a fold up shopping bag made from muslin, with a border made from a patterned teatowel.
 

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Monday Makes: Bead It – a simple ribbon and bead necklace.

The weekend before last, I visited Melanie Bond, who was hosting a pop up stall of her stunning handmade jewellery at Mexx in Bow Street Mall's Tempest department store. Melanie recently led some exciting jewellery classes in The Bead Shop in Lisburn - sadly I missed these but plan to keep an eye on her… Continue reading Monday Makes: Bead It – a simple ribbon and bead necklace.

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Monday Makes: Bead It – a simple ribbon and bead necklace.

A visit to jewellery-maker Melanie Bond's pop up stall put me in the mood for some jewellery making!
 

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Monday Makes: Take notice – how to make a fabric noticeboard

A friend recently showed me this picture of a cute fabric-covered noticeboard they bought from Avon. I loved it and straight away decided to make something similar (sorry, Avon!). The fabric-covered noticeboard seems to be a popular project, with many variations on the theme available online - but I decided to create my own, simplified version.… Continue reading Monday Makes: Take notice – how to make a fabric noticeboard

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Monday Makes: Take notice – how to make a fabric noticeboard

A friend recently showed me this picture of a cute fabric-covered noticeboard they bought from Avon. I loved it and straight away decided to make something similar (sorry, Avon!).