Never eat shredded wheat…

June 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our Craft Central show opened this week. We spent the day amid shoals of fish, vintage coastal prints and mysterious mermaids, meeting some very nice visitors from all over London.

We are open all week, with a tea party on Saturday with some rather special compass themed cakes and a chance to make your own compass!

Points of the Compass

Tuesday 26th June – Saturday 30th June

11am to 6.30pm

Craft Central

33-35 St John’s Square

London EC1M 4DS

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6.30pm.

Afternoon tea party Saturday 30th June at 2pm.

Free entrance.

Nearest tube Farringdon.  Or a short walk / bus from Old Street or Angel.

Bus routes 63, 55, 243 and 153.

Points of the Compass

June 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Points of the Compass

Jubilee Pageant with Seaside Sisters

June 11, 2012 at 10:25 am | Posted in Events, Workshops | Leave a comment

memory bunting showing two corgi’s and a confused union jack flag and some printed diamonds and crowns

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.


Point of the Compass – Tue 26th to Sat 30th June

May 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Posted in Events, Workshops | Leave a comment

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 –

Craft Central

33-35 St John’s Square

London EC1M 4DS

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6.30pm.

Afternoon tea party Saturday 30th June at 2pm.

Free entrance.

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 a tea towel with Gillian Elam of Fabric Nation

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.

Jubilee souvenir making with the Seaside Sisters

April 26, 2012 at 2:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We are gathering up red, white and blue fabrics galore for our Diamond Jubilee Souvenir workshops, part of the all day Jubilee festival in Battersea Park, curated by Hemingway Design and Clare Patey, on Sunday 3rd June.

Join us by the boating lake to screen print a parade flag to wave & keep as a souvenir, or sew a ruffle rosette to wear.  You can draw on paper bunting inspired by favourite memories from the jubilee celebrations or from the past 60 years to be added to string for a display that grows over the day or make diamond charms to carry or wear.  You can even go Victorian style and decorate a bicycle wheel or hoop with patriotic colours. Create giant floral signs and garlands decorated with flowers made from plastic bag strips in the style of those used in Queen Victorias Jubilee.

Tickets for the festival are available here – http://www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/TicketsAndInfo.aspx

Printed Wonders Open Studio

April 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Posted in Events, Workshops | Leave a comment
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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
Gocco printing workshop

The easter fox…

March 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just for the Crafty Fox Spring Market, we are expanding our seaside selection of homewares and accessories, to bring you the easter fox.  We will be showing you how to make these foxy egg cosies to guard your eggs over easter at our special Crafty Fox workshop all day Saturday 24th March at the Crafty Fox Market in the Dogstar, Brixton.  Watch out little chicks…

Crafty Fox Market 24th March

March 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our first outing this year will be at the marvellous Crafty Fox Spring Market.  We can’t wait. We had lots of fun there last year and  are looking forward to sharing our latest souvenir finds, textile accessories, prints and all things bright and coastal…We will be running an Easter Fox workshop as well, so pop down for some Spring fun.

Linda is enjoying a brief quiet moment before the doors opened – have a peek here for more photos…

Here’s the lowdown…

Spring Market

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March 2012, 11am – 5pm, The Dogstar – Brixton. 

Brixton’s favourite Crafty Fox Market is back at the Dogstar on 24th & 25th March with a weekend event full of handmade treats. Each day will see an eclectic mix of over 40 designer-makers transforming the Dogstar into an exciting showcase of local creativity.

 Visitors can take part in a range of workshops, relax in the tearoom or visit the nail art booth by Boom Nails.  You can even make your own Crafty Fox with the Seaside Sisters, screen print a shopping bag with Mr Wingate, write letters with Letter Lounge, or settle in a cosy corner for a knit and a natter.  There’s a busy programme of activities over the weekend with local DJ’s providing the soundtrack.
 It’s free entry and children are welcome – there’s even a dedicated parking area for buggies. The first 50 through the doors on each day will receive a Crafty Fox CD or an illustrated tea towel courtesy of Etsy.com. Visitors can also vote for their favourite stall and be in with the chance to win goodies from moo.com.

Bunting Stories

November 8, 2011 at 12:25 am | Posted in Products | 1 Comment
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Xtina makes bunting as all sorts of wedding, birthday, Christmas and bedroom decorations, and it’s fantastic to sometimes get a photo back of the banners being used in their new homes.

Earlier this year Lucy bought some bunting with lucky motifs and promptly emigrated with it. She sent this great photo with the message “Just to say thank you for getting the gorgeous bunting to me in time before we flew. We moved into our Chicago apartment with nothing but an inflatable bed, a duvet and your bunting, it was the perfect instant decoration and has indeed brought us much luck.

lucky bunting in Lucy's Chicago apartment
Greg got in touch in September with the delightful idea of commissioning custom alphabet bunting to help him propose to his girlfriend Cathy. He chose the style that threads onto tape with a hem, so that he could assemble the letters himself and build a sense of anticipation! Plus the bonus of being able to rearrange them into amusing anagrams afterwards. Thankfully Cathy is now his fiancé, and Greg sent this photo with the news “Just to let you know that I finally asked and she said “yes”! Your bunting worked a treat. Everyone was very impressed!“. Phew! What a great idea, who could resist a proposal written in bunting, and someone sweet enough to think of it?

'Will you marry me?' bunting

Print Gocco Day Workshops

November 3, 2011 at 9:30 am | Posted in Events, Workshops | Leave a comment
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Gocco printing workshop at ShepherdsXtina has two all day print workshops lined up for Gocco fans. Firstly, remember remember to visit Shepherds Falkiners‘ fine paper shop in Bloomsbury on the 5th of November – for a day of Gocco printing using hi-mesh masters and oil based inks. Gocco bulbs will flash like fireworks and ooos and ahhs will ring out at a lovely explosion of prints made from your own artwork.

There will be examples of Gocco work, tips for getting the best results and ideas such as how to re-use damaged screens. You can also try out the squeegee printing method. Shepherds will be supplying fine papers to print on. You’ll take home your screen and prints.
Book via Shepherds 020 7831 1151 or matt@bookbinding.co.uk
£60, max 5 places.

PG-11 Gocco and screen printing kitPart two takes place at Xtina’s studio at Craft Central in Clerkenwell on Sunday 4th December, and promises a day of Gocco screen printing and experimentation. Make screens from your own artwork using the Gocco machine and Riso mesh. Stretch the mesh on a thin plastic frame, then print with a lightweight squeegee and water based screen printing ink.

Try out a thermofax machine to make a screen without using Gocco bulbs, and print with texture screens and hand cut stencils onto cards, paper, notebooks and fabric. Registration techniques and lots of tips will be shared. The screens you make are yours to take home. You can carry on printing with them later with supplies easily bought from art shops, and it’s ideal timing for making Xmas cards or gifts!

Sandwiches, tea and cake are included in the price.
£60, max 6 places


Full details & online booking via Etsy

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