I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.
We’ve added December listings to our events page, including craft fairs at Crafty Fox and Bust Craftacular, Christmas workshops at the Crafty Pint Handmade Xmas and the new Printed Wonders’ studio in Rochester, Kent – which is also participating in Medway open studios.
We hope you can join us sometime over the festive season.
Come along to the Printed Wonders pop-up shop on Clerkenwell Green, open daily this week until Saturday 27th October. On sale are new printed tote bags, Halloween goodies, cards, vinyl window / wall stickers, bunting and prints by Xtina Lamb. Drop in and see her making window vinyls and halloween decorations.
The Corner Shop at Craft Central
21 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DX Map
Open 11am – 6.30pm daily
Mon 22nd - Sat 27th October 2012
Join Xtina for more Gocco printing fun at the Multiplied contemporary editions art fair at Christie’s auction rooms in South Kensington, London.
The fair itself is lovely to wander through, with a great range of prints and other editioned art from well known and international artists. As the work is made in editions, much of what is on offer is at affordable prices. The fair is open free from the 12th – 15th October, in Christie’s South Kensington auction rooms.
Xtina will be running fun printing workshops on the Sunday – one for children with water basked inks, screen printing a fabric banner and flags with pop art imagery, and one for adults with oil based printing using the Gocco machines.
Have a look at the Seaside Sisters Events page for more details.
We were very chuffed to be asked by Coast magazine to share our favourite tea towel projects with their readers. We love seaside souvenirs, and this feature shows you how to make an apron, cushion, bag and bunting all from the humble tea towel.
We were very pleased with how the photos came out, and really enjoyed working with the Coast team. All four projects for making a cushion, apron, bunting and bag are in the September issues of Coast magazine. You can see more of our coastal crafting here on the Seaside Sisters website and tea towel souvenir workshops are planned with Crafty Pint in the autumn. You can even buy some of the projects featured in Coast - take a peek here and here.
Xtina will be showing screen prints, Gocco prints, rubber stamped stationery, digitally cut vinyl decorations and relief printed artworks in a show at Craft Central, Clerkenwell in September. In the foyer glass cabinets, smaller work by Xtina and other artists will be on display to show a range of printed techniques.
Drop-in workshops are running each day in the exhibition space between noon and 5pm. You can start when you like and choose how long to do a workshop for. In one hour sessions you can print with Xtina’s own pre-made designs, or go for two or three hours to learn a whole process, working with your own artwork.
Tue 11th – Gocco screen printing, water based inks on paper, fabric or tote bags.
Wed 12th – Digital cutting, vinyl stickers and paper.
Thu 13th – Lino printing, on paper, cushion covers, tea towels or tote bags.
Fri 14th – Rubber stamping, paper artworks, notebooks and stationery.
Sat 15th – Gocco printing with oil based inks on stationery, cards and paper.
Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
Prices: £10 – 15 per hour.
Pre-booking is recommended. More details on our Events page.
Tags: exhibition, photography, sewing, ships
One of the lovely visitors to our Points Of The Compass show at Craft Central recently, was photographer Vic Phillips, who took a liking to our style as it fits very nicely with his own. Here’s a selection of the photographs he took of us and our work during the exhibition. Vic’s Facebook page has more vintage inspired portraits and wedding photos with lovely retro styling.
Jubilee Sunday, as we all know, was rather wet. But that didn’t matter to the Seaside Sisters who were in full swing, running workshops all day for the thousands of visitors to the Battersea Park Diamond Jubilee Festival.
Diamond charms were printed along with flags with dates, diamonds, crowns and jubilee mottos. Hundreds of rosette brooches were stitched from our collection of polka dots, stripes and gingham in red, white and blue.
The upcycling of bicycle wheels and hula hoops using strips of fabric and string transformed them into Victorian style giant rosettes. Plastic carrier bags were fashioned into pom poms and rosettes for wrist, hair and raincoat embellishment. The perfect waterproof accessory for the weather!
Memory bunting was drawn, painted and hung in the marquee. And much fun was had by all.
All the volunteers involved were great, very helpful, hard working and smiling in the rain. Especially Kelly who stood in the deluge looking after the ‘end of the pier’ royal seaside board, with a smile for all. You can see more photos in our facebook album.
The Seaside Sisters return to Craft Central in Clerkenwell for their annual showcase of coastal inspired textiles and prints.
The “queens of coastal craft” have laid all hands on deck to bring you their 2012 collection of seaside themed homewares and accessories. Inspired by holidays spent collecting seashells, mermaid lore and souvenirs, their work celebrates the charm of our British seaside towns on all points of the compass, North, South, East and West. You can see pictures from last year’s show on our Facebook album here.
Create your own souvenirs with the Seaside Sisters exciting programme of print and textile workshops running during showcase in the evenings and weekends. Try out print gocco, embroidery or lino printing to create hankies, notebooks and tea towels inspired by the Seaside Sisters collection of vintage souvenirs. Children can take part in the signal flag treasure hunt around the show. Details of workshops and bookings are below.
See a film of the Seaside Sisters getting crafty on the LV21 ship last summer -
33-35 St John’s Square
London EC1M 4DS
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6.30pm.
Afternoon tea party Saturday 30th June at 2pm.
Nearest tube Farringdon. Or a short walk / bus from Old Street or Angel.
Bus routes 63, 55, 243 and 153.
Craft Central print and textile workshops
Print gocco with Xtina Lamb
Wednesday 27th June, 6.30pm – 9pm
£40 includes all materials and refreshments. Book a place
Print Your Own Tea Towel with Gillian from Fabric Nation. We provide all the materials, including pure cotton tea towels, fabric inks and for inspiration, our collection of vintage tea towels and textile design books.
With our tuition and top tips you will design and cut your own lino block and print up a tea towel, all handmade by you. We use a soft lino which is much easier to cut than the traditional lino you might remember from your school days. All inks are washable and non-toxic, but do bring a pinny in case of inky stains. The inks are fixed by ironing, so your finished tea towel can be used and washed. That’s if you don’t plan to frame your work of art!
Take a peek at our Facebook album to see all the fab things we made at our previous printing workshops.
Saturday 30th June 11am – 2pm
£25 includes all materials and refreshments
All workshops are suitable for beginners and children from age 8 are welcome accompanied by an adult.
Book your workshop place here.
Tags: open studio, printed wonders, workshops
Join Xtina next week for an open studio as she prints new work on paper and fabric with British celebratory themes. Motifs ranging from May Day green men to Jubilee diamonds, British cultural icons and lucky symbols will be printed on bunting, flags and artworks and used to decorate Craft Central’s Showcase gallery space, foyer, and window.
You can get your fingers inky too if you want to join in. Book an evening workshop for the chance to make prints from your own artwork with Print Gocco screen printing machines. Or visit during the daytime and you’ll be invited take part in the printing in progress, or just enjoy taking a peek at how Xtina’s colourful products are made.
Printed Wonders Open Studio
The Showcase Craft Central, 33-35 St. John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS – Map
1st – 4th May 2012
11am – 5.30pm Tue – Fri, Free entry
Gocco workshops, Wed 2nd & Thu 3rd May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, £40