home: made [ SWISH ]

home: made [ SWISH ]

We love sharing great makes, projects and tutorials every Thursday to result in unique DIYs for your home – from painted ceramics to hand woven rugs, no-sew pillow cases to crafting with wood.

The talented folks at London Craft Club offer a plethora of classes to attend to get crafty but what is it you need for all this creative making? Materials!

Join them for the big craft SWISH and stock up on craft materials that will inspire you as well as pass onto others craft materials you’ve not used and can spare.

They say;

When: Sunday 28th January, 10:00 am – 1:00pm

Where: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 7AY

This is it! The Big Craft Swish

Let’s not lie about it, crafting uses up a lot of materials. And even more materials don’t get used at all! So if you have a secret stash of guilty craft purchases, this is for you….

• Swish away your ill-advised crafty purchases! 

• Take home some guilt-free stuff you’ll use! 

• Help minimise waste! 

• Add some good karma to the world of craft! 

• Share your crafty stories with other crafters

All that stuff going to waste in our cupboards, lofts and under our beds is a crying shame. It’s taking up space that us London-dwellers can ill afford, and all that clutter just isn’t good for our creative souls. So let’s do something about it.

Maybe you’re new to craft, and you bought a load of stuff that now you don’t know what to do with? Bring it along and swap it for something you can use. Or you might even meet someone who can show you what to do with it instead.

Already a Super Crafter? Come along and declutter, get inspiration, encourage the newbies and share stories with fellow crafters. 

Here’s the rules – simple but fair…

1) Everyone must bring at least one item of quality craft material or kit (drop off from 10.00am)  

2) You will have half an hour to browse before the swish opens (10.30 – 11.00am) 

3) No item may be claimed before the swish opens at 11.00am 

4) As soon as the swish is declared open, everyone may take what they want. 

5) Remember we’re here for sharing not sharp elbows! 

Our hosts Cecil Sharp House have a delicious range of  light bites, homemade cakes and main meals available throughout the day in their cafe. Why not grab a bite there then pop in at 10.30 for the browsing before the swish opens at 11.00am. Then there’s an hour and half of nabbing what you want, and of course craft chat. 

Tickets are £4 to cover costs, and any profit will be donated to Mind or Stop the Traffik

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home: event [ Renegade Craft Fair ]

home: event [ Renegade Craft Fair ]

This global market is back in London for another year at the Truman Brewery. Launched in 2003 Renegade is the largest craft showcase in the world.

With over 200 makers and designers this indoor market is the perfect place to pick up some last minute Christmas presents.

On from the 9th – 10th December. For more details head to renegadecraft.com

home: event [ The Design Museum Market ]

home: event [ The Design Museum Market ]

After a successfull first year, The Design Museum is bringing back its Christmas market full of independent designers and makers.

Shop ceramics, homeware, gifts, jewellery, graphic design and textiles with opportunities to meet the makers and learn all about their products.

This free event runs from 1st – 3rd December at The Design Museum in Kennsington, London.

designmuseum.org

home: made [ light garland ]

home: made [ light garland ]

With Christmas around the corner our attention moves towards decoration and making our homes cosy for Winter.

We have found this great adaptation of a standard festoon light garland. By spray painting it gold and adding some additions of baubles and fabric you can create gorgeous festive lighting.

Head to themerrythought.com for all the details

home: made [ felt pouf ]

home: made [ felt pouf ]

Now is the time to start making our living rooms more cosy, with more textures and layers. We have found a tutoral for a felt pouf which looks great and can double up as a seat and table for a tray.

You may need to have some basic sewings skills to attempt this one, but its worth it.

Layer it with a faux sheepskin for ultimate coziness, put your feet up and relax.

Tutorial from bildschoenes.blogspot.co.uk

home: made [ painted pumpkins ]

home: made [ painted pumpkins ]

Halloween is around the corner and it’s pumpkins galore. We have found a lovely alternative way to decorate them with different paint techniques and colours – noone said pumpkins had to stay orange.

Get hold of some real pumpkins in various sizes or craft pumpkins [ craftmill.co.uk ] and some acrylic paint, then you’re good to go.

We have found some inpiring designs at homeyohmy.com.

So that’s your weekend sorted!

home: made [ magazine shelf ]

home: made [ magazine shelf ]

We love a diy project when it’s simple, but extremely practical and looks good. We spotted this tutorial for a magazine shelf on themerrythought.com.

Using plywood for the main structure and a leather strap to hold the magazines in place, this make will look great in an office or living room. Adapt it to hold cookbooks in a kitchen or reading books in a kids bedroom.
Head to themerrythought.com to get all the details.