Friday, 6 September 2013

Demo Day at Hobbycraft

What a great day today.  I organised a "demo day" at Hobbycraft, Carlisle, so people could pop in and see our Artisans at work doing what they do best - crafting!

The idea was to promote some up and coming classes, talk to customers and let them know that we do indeed offer craft classes at great prices and a lovely variety of them too.

We had a great turn out, so a great big THANK YOU to all that humoured me and came along to play.

So, in no particular order, we had:

Marie from Nim & Num who worked on the most gorgeous piece of free-hand embroidery of a hummingbird on a cloudy background.    Her 'Beginners Embroidery' class will run on Friday 20th September, 6.00pm-7.30pm, just £10, but is limited to 8 people.

Cannot wait to see this one finished.  You can find her on her Facebook page if you would also like to see the end result.

Janice from Blackwell Crafts made some gorgeous Christmas cards using the Grand Caliber die-cutting machine.  If you are thinking about purchasing a die-cutter then pop along to Janice's 'Getting ready for Christmas' class and learn how to use one with an expert.  The class is on Friday 4th October, 2.00pm-4.00pm and costs just £10, all materials included.

Micky is a master of all crafts and like to do almost all of them!  From beaded spiders to friendship bracelets, but I think her fabric balls are one of my own personal favourites.  Join Micky at her classes, 'Fabric Balls' which will run on Sunday 6th October, 1.00pm-3.00pm and costs £10, and 'Beaded Halloween Spiders' which is on Saturday 26th October, 10.30am-12.30pm and also costs £10.
You can also find Micky on her Facebook page.

Next we have Anne from Monkey Tales.  Always with a monkey story to tell, Anne kept us entertained most of the day.  But would you believe she forgot Fargo, her special monkey that likes to go everywhere with her, apparently he was most upset, you can ready about him on his own Facebook page, Monkey Tales.
If you fancy making your very own naughty sock monkey then sign up for Anne's monkey making class on Friday 18th October, 12.00pm-3.00pm, a bargain £12 for a 3 hour class, which includes all materials.

Helen, our resident artist, also known as 'A Little Bit Askew', started painting a most fabulous acrylic canvas.  This is going to be on of those pictures that you stick your head through at the sea-side, you know the type?

Her work is wonderful, I love it all, especially these fishees.  I do like fishees.

Helen is doing a whole host of art classes, check out the Carlisle Hobbycraft website for up to date details of those.

Julie from Community Based Art popped in to show us how to do some wonderful landscapes and abstract felt pictures.  We were all mesmerised. She has provisionally booked a workshop for Friday 25th October at 3.00pm - 17.30pm, the price is £12 and places are booking up already so jump in quick and have a go.

I just love the texture in this abstract piece.

Then there was little old me  :)  I did crocheting, of course, but I do run a varied class list over at HC, Carlisle, from beginners crocheting to jewellery making, and I am running out a 'Craft Skills course, which is aimed at people who really don't know what they might fancy doing as a hobby.  The 6 week course will run every Wednesday from 11th September at 1.00pm-3.00pm and each week we will do something different - cross-stitch, zendala doodling, earring masterclass, crochet, needlefelted bags and decopatch.  The price is £10 per session or £50 if you book them all, saving £10, which includes all materials.

Thank you for coming if you did, I hope you enjoyed seeing all the different demonstrations, and thank you to the manager Dawn, who kept us all going with chocolate  :)

If you fancy booking any of these classes, then pop into the Store and pay a 50% deposit which secures your place.  All courses have limited places so book quickly if you can.


  1. I love reading your blog Sooz... you have the best job! Wish I was closer, I'd be in there every day :D

  2. Thank you Caroline, that's nice to know. Are you far away? Maybe you can pop in one day?

  3. Great blog! PLEASE come to the Oxford Hobbycraft and inspire them to be like you!

  4. Wish our local HC was like yours, instead of being The Land That Time Forgot. I do hope they realise how lucky they are to have you.

  5. Oh, ta Heather, that's nice :)


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