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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

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DIY Eco Wreath (from Toilet Rolls)

For those looking for some Christmas craft time, here’s a great idea from Olive on Blonde

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As I mentioned in my last tutorial (Making gift boxes from old greetings cards – see them here) I am determined to be frightfully festive without all the nasty waste that often comes along with it! I really want to prove to myself (and other people) that you can be a happy Christmas Greenie as apposed to a whingy eco version of this guy…

So I decided I would get going on my sustainable decorations at the very start…. my front door. There aint nothing better than a wreath. I had seen plenty of amazing wreaths on Pinterest (follow me here) but was particularly inspired by this one which I saw at Proverbs 31 craft blog. It also suited me as I save all my toilet rolls (they are very handy for all sorts of crafts and around-the-house uses). So I set off on my merry way and I…

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