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Introducing: Crafty Devils!

Are you: Looking for a time and space to relax and work on your existing craft project? Stuck on your project (eg. dropped a stitch, unable to follow a tricky pattern) and would like a little assistance from some fellow crafters? Keen to share new and interesting crafting skills? Then Crafty Devils (a new sub-group of Transition Town Guildford) is for you!makestuff

The group will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 1-3 pm at the Guildford Mechanics Institute hall, 20 Meadow Street in Guildford (opposite Stirling Square park, right next to the Post Office) There will be opportunity for free-style creativity as well as structured tutorial sessions.  Participants will have the opportunity to choose future projects and even share their skills with the rest of the group via mini-tutorials.

The sessions will alternate between the “craft lab” format and open crafting. Workshop is optional but participation is encouraged! There may be a small additional fee to cover materials/facilitator, but normally there will be just a $5 entry to cover room hire plus tea & coffee. Women and men welcome, but unfortunately we cannot cater for children under 12 (including babies) due to OHS hazards.

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Upcoming sessions:

•21 Sept – CRAFTY DEVILS DEBUT! Casual crafting and creating workshop options 1-3pm, $5

•5 Oct –Craft Lab: “Plarn, Unravelled!”  Bring along some old plastic bags eg. bread bags, shopping bags, and turn them into an unusual but sturdy yarn. You will need a 10mm crochet hook or 10mm knitting needles. Suits people with some experience in knitting or crochet. Workshop 1-2pm, casual crafting 2-3pm (or casual crafting 1-3pm if not doing workshop) Cost: $5 (no extra fee for workshop).

•19 Oct – Casual crafting $5

•2 Nov – Craft Lab: “Kickstart Sewing” Learn basic machine handling & whip up an upcycled carry bag. Materials: BYO sewing machine plus thread, scissors, 1/2 metre of fabric OR a vintage sheet/pillow slip OR an old pair of jeans OR a tee shirt. Cost: $5 (no fee for workshop)

•16 Nov – Casual crafting $5

•7 Dec – Craft Lab: “Keepsake Holiday Décor” Create personalised holiday items from old greeting cards, wrapping paper, metal cans, & more at a variety of crafting stations. BYO paper cutting scissors plus recycled giftwrap & cards and a yummy treat to share. Cost: $10

Future Craft Lab Options: Soap making, screen printing, woodwork, felting, spinning, making personal care products, leatherwork … and more to be decided by the group!

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For more Information & to RSVP for workshops, contact Debra: 0431 991 549, rubyslypprz@netscape.net  or  Eleanor: 9279 3587 (6 – 9pm),   hovea@eleanorchaos.com

Hot off the presses: TTG olive oil

Recently, a small group of TTG members ventured forth to gather a very special type of seasonal produce: olives. Image

The sandy soils and Mediterranean climate of the Perth region create a perfect growing environment for these plants, and in the space of a few short hours the foraging party was able to accumulate quite an impressive haul: 140 kilos! Image

The next step was to deliver the bounty to Jumanga Olives in Carabooda for processing. It seems we were not the only ones who were keen on obtaining some fresh oil—there was quite a queue of olives! Image

We were asked to return for our oil 3 days later. Our pickings yielded 23 lovely litres of liquid gold which then needed to settle for a further 3-4 weeks.  Different varieties will each produce a unique blend, and it is suggested to include up to 30% green fruit in order to optimise flavour. Image

It is very satisfying that a few hours of easy work with friends can yield such productive results. There must be many more opportunities like this which are “ripe for the picking”, and if we can work together then we can also share the fruits of our labours.