November/December Newsletter



November/December Newsletter

As promised in our last newsletter, Bali Pops, Bali Snaps and Bali Crackles have arrived! These are gorgeous pre-cut hand-painted batiks by Hoffman for Stof in colours to inspire you no matter what the weather is like outside:

        

                

 We have added some more bolts of fun children’s fabric to our collection. Circus animals to be used on their own or complemented with balloons to delight a special little person!  Bears are always a favourite and this panel of Bear and his family will delight young and old and can be used together with the busy little bees fabric to make a cuddly blanket or what about cutting it up to make cards, mini-quilts or fun patches on play rugs:

     

      

For youngsters and those young at heart, we have fabric with playful puppies and spectacular horses (and no, we haven’t forgotten kittens! watch this space…):

   

Inspired by the horses, Stan, who is new to patchwork and quilting, completed his first quilt top in a very short time and came for some more advice on quilting it. Well done Stan!

      

Our workshops these past few months have proved very popular and introduced many people to new crafts. Living in the Highlands, we are surrounded by spectacular scenery, providing daily inspiration for our crafts, but sharing the joy of making things is particularly important here in these darker months. It has been wonderful sharing our crafts with so many people, some of whom travelled considerable distances (4-hour round trips) to get to our workshops. The Crochet for Beginners workshop was taught by Margaret Arscott, whose patience and lovely projects were greatly appreciated. Basic crochet stitches were learnt and practiced and concentration levels were so high you could have heard a pin drop for most of the time!

     

Margaret will be teaching Crochet at Intermediate Level in March and spaces are already filling up quickly for this workshop. If you have some basic knowledge of crochet and would like to broaden your experience, please contact Kiki’s for further information.

Spinning for Beginners was another two-day workshop, taught by Teresa Mitchell. Starting with raw, washed fleece, students learnt to card, blend, spin and ply and experimented with various fibres, from wool tops to silk. Some brought their own wheels, others hired ones from Kiki’s and everyone went home with their first home-spun yarns:

      

   

The seven-week Patchwork & Quilting for Beginners workshop, taught by Teresa Mitchell and Keira McFleat, had a Christmas-based theme. All the basic patchwork techniques were covered first and several blocks were completed to reinforce the techniques. Two of the blocks were the traditional log-cabin, which was embellished with an appliqued snowman, and the snowball block, which was left plain or embellished with applique or embroidery. Basic quilting techniques were taught and the resulting quilts, some of which have become wall-hangings, runners or tablemats, clearly reflect everyone’s individual style and personality:

    

For those with previous patchwork experience, the Sewing for Christmas workshop was a day to remember (some interesting sewing machine issues, chocolaty Christmas goodies and Christmas fabric from our stashes that we had long since forgotten about!). Teresa and Keira teamed up again to teach this fun workshop, covering projects from stockings to Advent calendars:

     

Our Crafty Saturdays are gaining in popularity and a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by (or become addicted to!) other crafts. If you would like to come along and spend some time with us, bring any craft project along on the first Saturday of the month, 2 – 4.30 p.m. The first Crafty Saturday in 2013 will be on 2 February. The variety of crafts on these afternoons is quite amazing: knitting, weaving, tapestry embroidery, cross-stitch, spinning, crochet and patchwork projects have all been brought along:

      

 

The Lochcarron Spinners have been spinning away as usual every Friday afternoon and one afternoon was spent by some of us sorting out some Bluefaced Leicester fleece we had acquired from a farm on the east coast:

 

After such a very busy time, we are enjoying a much-needed break and will be open again on 8 January. We would like to wish you all a wonderful New Year with many opportunities for sharing your crafts with others, time to complete unfinished projects and inspiration for new projects!