Category Archives: Arts & Crafts

Crafty Devils Christmas Special

Are you feeling festive? Or do you need some inspiration to get into the holiday spirit? Then wander down to the Crafty Devils Christmas Special on Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Guildford Mechanics Hall to join in the fun.


Even if the mainstream “silly season” traditions aren’t your style, there is certainly opportunity to learn new ways of promoting low-impact gift giving (for any time of year), unique “upcycled” craft or present ideas, and just a lovely chance to meet and chat with some other local creative people.

Men and women of all ages and creative disciplines are welcome, but please leave the babies/kids/pets at home. (bring your friends & neighbours too!) There will be a festive holiday tea, and if anyone would like to contribute their own trademark treat that would also be lovely.

Ho-ho-hope to see you there!


And sew it goes: Crafty Devils get Stitchy!

How many Crafty Devils does it take to thread a needle? Each and every one! Sewing isn’t just for nonnas. (though nonnas are certainly welcome) It can be either a creative outlet or a practical pursuit, or even both at once. Learning to sew can be empowering, allowing the sewist to customise or repair their wardrobe or create personalised gifts or money-saving household goods. It can be relaxing, envigourating, therapeutic,  entertaining, and addictive. There are no fancy qualifications required for operating a sewing machine—it can be as straightforward as driving a car or running a jigsaw. The theme for the next craft lab is all about sewing, from sharing basic skills and knowledge to discussing interesting projects to build confidence and ability. There will be a few machines available for practicing or participants may bring their own.  These will also be an optional mini-project of making an upcycled carry bag from cast-off clothing (jeans, tees, buttoned shirts, or dresses work very well) or a pillow slip/old bedsheet. (please bring your own item & a sharp pair of scissors) Open crafting is also welcome, with project or medium of choice (byo supplies, of course!) Thinking about getting your stitch on? Then check out Crafty Devils at the Guildford Mechanics Institute, 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is just $5 and includes afternoon tea. Bring a friend and we’ll see you there!Image

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.


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!


For more Information & to RSVP for workshops, contact Debra: 0431 991 549,  or  Eleanor: 9279 3587 (6 – 9pm),