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March 2011

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 23 March 2011




On 2 April we will be launching the Explore Nature project

There will be loads of different things going on so look out for more information on the blog and on twitter.

As part of the launch I will be running an art and craft session about all things birds! If you fancy doing a bit of sewing we will be making badges or fingerpuppets and for little ones we can make spinning thaumatropes.

Oh, in case you don't know what thaumatropes are (I didn't!) they are thoses circles of paper that usually have a picture of a bird on one side and a cage on the other and then when you twizzle them it looks like the bird is in the cage. As we are celebrating nature we won't be putting any drawings of birds in cages! but will be giving them the appearance of flight instead.

The sessions are suitable for families, but adults are also welcome to come and sew some badges or fingerpuppets with me!

Love spoons art cart

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 7 March 2011

These images are from half term. We had a bit of a love theme and were looking at lovespoons, pockets and stay busks. We looked at all the kinds of patterns you find on lovespoons, from the usual hearts and commas, to horses and forks!

Lots of people took their work home, but quite a few added decorations to our large lovespoons that are pictured here. I have to admit that Tracey Williams did a lot of work on the spoons and made them much more beautiful than when they started out.

The next art activity i'm involved in will be part of the launch of our new Explore Nature project in Oriel 1

Quilt Club

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 7 March 2011

a few of the quilters

Amy hard at work - she also knitted the jumper she's wearing!

Amy's quilt with cute cat fabric

I think this is Juli's quilt... it's got great colours!

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We had our third meeting of quilt club this saturday, we currently meet every two months with the next meeting being held on 7 May.

It's been really lovely to meet so many nice crafty people and do a bit of sewing and there's a nice mixture of beginners and more experienced quilters. We currently have space for some more people so please get in touch if you would like to come, meanwhile have a look at some photos which show what we have been working on.

And if you have been coming along, please email me photos of your work in progress!

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