October already

Once again time has flown by and what was supposed to be a regular blog post is now a couple of months behind. In my defense we have been having a fabulous summer visiting umpteen castles, fighting dinosaurs, crafting, camping and having adventures. Then year 6 kicked in (first trip away from home, 11+, secondary school visits). Finally this week I feel like I am getting back to my to do’s to do list!

Photos from recent classes

Flamework – making glass beads class
Enamelling class
Needlefelting class

So I thought I would start by sharing the news that I am now a calendar girl – in case you’ve missed the announcement and red carpet affair!  I am really delighted to announce that my work was successfully submitted and I am now Miss December in the new PMC Studio Calendar 2019! Here’s a sneaky peak but don’t worry all work is appropriately dressed! 🙂 Copies can be obtained from The PMC Studio …or I think it might be available with an order if you buy your silver clay from them.

Speaking of calendars

Sssshhhh – Christmas is coming….


As it is getting to that time in the year when people start thinking about presents…oh yes! I just wanted to remind you that I offer craft courses vouchers, so if you are stuck for a Christmas present idea… you can either book on my website, or contact me directly. Either way I will send you a personalised gift letter with details of the chosen class and how to book a date to suit. Or perhaps you’d like to suggest to someone what class you’d like to take…

Classes are available in the following crafts – prices vary depending on whether you are booking a class for 1 or 2 but range from around £55 for a half day (Felt or Encaustic art) to £125 for a silver clay rings class. Do email me regarding prices.

Silver clay: Beginners. Rings. Using Syringe and silver sheet clay

Enamelling: Beginners and Further techniques, including cloisonne

Flamework beads: Making glass beads. Beginners and follow ups including sculptural animals.

Encaustic art: Beginners

Feltmaking: Wet felting. Needlefelting or both.

I can also do a general gift letter detailing what is available if you aren’t sure what a person would pick – I can do shorter taster classes if necessary.

What’s coming up at Curly Girly Crafts

I have a busy few months coming up with weekends virtually all booked here at CG Crafts until Christmas. Below are details of venues/classes with some availability.

  • If you live in the Sudbury Area I am teaching Enamelling on Sunday 21st October at Simply Handmade –
    book here
  • I will be helping the Guild of Enamellers again at ExCel during the Hobbycraft show in November – I think it runs from 15th to 17th November and I will be there on Friday 16th, come and say hello – the 30 minute taster session is only about £5!
  • Saturday 24th November and Saturday 15th December are currently free for students to book a class – get in touch if you fancy a Saturday class in any of the crafts I offer.
  • I am teaching at FSC Flatford Mill on 1st (Enamelling) and 2nd December (Christmas Feltmaking) – Booking page
  • I also offer weekdays for classes so get in touch if you’d like to book a date to suit – usually Tuesday, Thursdays or Fridays are best.  Price per person is reduced if more than one person comes.

And finally…I am doing a little bit of learning myself this term. I have just enrolled in pottery.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

Happy crafting and if you have any questions please do get in touch.

Toni

 

 

Lots more classes added to the website

Now is a great time to book a class at Curly Girly Crafts (Colchester), as I shall have to soon revise costs for 2018!  All classes are great value as the are based on between 1 – 3 students with resources and a cuppa included. There’s plenty of tutor attention and possibly even one to one!  Book online or email me for more details.

D A T E S at CG Crafts, Colchester

Tues 19th Sept  10 – 2.30pm    Silver Clay Beginners                                                       £85

Sat 23rd Sept    10 – 3.30pm     Enamelling Beginners/Improvers                                £75 – SOLD OUT

Sun 1st Oct        10 – 4.30pm     Silver Clay Rings                                                              £95

Tues 3rd Oct      10 – 3pm          Encaustic Art Beginners                                                 £69

Tues 10th Oct    10 – 1pm           Flamework (making glass beads)                                £55

Sat14th Oct       10 – 3.30pm     Feltmaking                                                                       £69

Sat 21st Oct      2 – 5pm              Flamework (making glass beads)                               £55

Tues 31st Oct    10 – 2.45pm     Enamelling                                                                      £69

Sat 4th Nov       10 – 2.30pm     Silver Clay beginners (incl 10g PMC3)                      £85 – 1 space left

Sat 25th Nov     10 – 3.30pm     Encaustic Art Beginners                                               £69

Sun 26th Nov    10 – 2.30pm     Silver Clay Beginners ((incl 10g PMC3)                    £85

Other dates at CG Crafts

  • Weekdays – Tues and Weds. Courses and dates to suit – contact me.

Limited weekend dates available to book courses to suit – contact me with your preferred dates.

  • Keep a lookout on the website for more dates being added soon!
  • CLASSES MAKE GREAT PRESENTS FOR YOU OR A FRIEND! YOU’LL GET A TAILORED GIFT LETTER EXPLAINING ABOUT THE CLASS.
  • GENERAL GIFT VOUCHERS ALSO AVAILABLE.

*Discount if 2 or more people book together, or if you book 2 classes for yourself (5%) except for silver clay due to the cost of the silver.

Recent classes and creating fish out of glass

It has been so lovely to get through the cold months by sharing my craft experience with so many students. I was delighted to see the monotones in the teardrop enamelled pieces and some of the textures created on the silver clay were amazing. Speaking of texture, we had great fun making felt at Abberton Reservoir on Saturday – some tea cosies, I pad covers and even little friends were made.

Finally today I had the chance to be a little creative myself, using the fabulous ‘Passing the Flame’ as inspiration I made this little fish bead out of glass.  Now back to my creative writing class before school pickup, filming my daughter for the Beano and getting ready for the next classes coming up!