Printing workshops on a ship!

August 25, 2011 at 10:14 am | Posted in Workshops | Leave a comment
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We have an exciting programme of printing workshops on the beautiful LV21 Lightship.  Take inspiration from our nautical and seaside inspired exhibition in the wonderful surroundings of a lovingly restored old Lightship, complete with working lighthouse!

Bank Holiday Monday 29th August, 2-5pm

Print your own tea towel

We will kick off the printing fun with a Print Your Own Souvenir Tea Towel workshop on Bank Holiday Monday.  We provide all the materials, including pure cotton tea towels, inks and for inspiration, our collection of vintage tea towels and textile design books.  With expert tuition you will design and cut your own lino block and print up a tea towel, all handmade by you on a ship!

The workshop is open 2pm to 5pm , costs £15 per person and can be booked on the day.   Suitable for adults and children from age 8 with help from a parent or carer. No previous experience is needed.  These are some of the tea towels made by people printing for the first time.

Saturday 3rd August, 12-3pm

Print Gocco Cards & Notebooks

Then on Saturday, we have a print gocco workshop. Taking the participants through the process of creating their own Gocco screen prints, Xtina will show examples of her work, pass on many tips for getting the best results, demonstrate screen registration, and share ideas for re-using damaged screens and some experimental techniques. You’ll be able to create fast screen prints with help from a Print Gocco machine – making artworks on paper and printing onto notebooks and stationery. All materials are provided and the workshop costs £25.  Pre-booking is highly recommended. Details & booking

LV21 LIGHTSHIP, Gillingham Pier, Pier Approach Road, Kent ME7 1RX  Map

Regular trains from Victoria or St Pancras reach Gillingham in under an hour.  The pier is just a 10 minute walk from the station.

Exhibition, pop-up shop, activities & a chance to explore this stunning lightship. See our Events page for the full line up of activities and entertainment.
Bank Holiday Mon 29th August –  Sat 3rd Sept
11am – 5pm daily.

We love Workshops!

March 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Events, Workshops | Leave a comment
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It’s already shaping up to be a busy year ahead with several shows of our work lined up, and some exciting new workshops. We loved doing these last year. It’s been fantastic seeing how happy people feel after making something in a crafty workshop. So more on the upcoming plans shortly, but first a round up of events we enjoyed at the end of 2010.

Eco Design Fair - Seaside Sisters stall

Eco Design Fair - Seaside Sisters stall

At the Eco Design Fair last year we set up shop in the wood panelled Islington Assembly Hall, with a bunting making workshop on the side. We also printed and sewed bunting to order as shoppers made their way around the stalls. One customer, who chose pretty fabrics for bunting with her daughters’ names, said that this was the nicest present she’d ever bought!

We had a lot of fun meeting people and selling our upcycled accessories and Christmas ranges, Gillian wrote about it and posted more photos on her Fabric Nation blog.


Lottie & Holly bunting
Lottie & Holly bunting from the workshop


LV21 YuleTIDE stall

LV21 YuleTIDE '10 stall & workshop

YuleTIDE ’10 was a another great event, held on the incredible LV21 – a lightship moored at Gillingham Pier in Kent. We filled the Look Out gallery with our colourful wares, and set up a little printing workshop. Brrrr it was chilly, but we had some heaters and got quite toasty printing bunting with the lovely people who braved the weather. We chatted with local crafters including Sara of One Little Bird who had a stall with fun moustache brooches, and enjoyed hearing Colin Turner tapping out morse code below us in his radio workshop.

Around lunchtime, the pretty dusting of snow outside turned into a blizzard, and we realised we were going to have to abandon ship. Shipmates were getting calls from friends and family who told them it was chaos on the Medway roads. So sadly we shut up shop and headed off towards Rochester on foot, past unhappy motorists stuck in cars, and gleeful folks rolling giant snowballs. Next day we made it back to the pier, and were amazed to find a few people still showed up as visitors! They were treated to a warm welcome and hot cups of tea.

Yuletide gets snowed off and the crafters abandon ship

We’ll be back at LV21 in the summer, for a week long show of Seaside Sisters work. Gary & Paivi, the ship’s owners, are hard at work cutting out some of the interior steel walls and opening out the spaces. It’s looking superb already and we can’t wait to work with them again. Fingers crossed we’ll be sunbathing on deck and sewing al fresco this time!

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