Wot no posts for a while? Yes it’s been a bit quiet on the blog post front, but it doesn’t mean no action. Rubbish Revamped is busy and still sharing events and photos, but currently concentrating on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com
/rubbishrevamped. As a wannabe eco-crafting cyberbabe, one has to try different communication means on ‘tinternet – website, blog, Twitter, Facebook are the popular ones. It’s a great way to reach different people and always fun to try out new things. As Facebook ‘pages’ are accessible to everyone and are more conducive to other people joining in with comments and ‘likes’, it seems a good idea to put the focus there. If I’m wrong, and blogs remain the place to be, well, leave a comment here. Otherwise we’ll see you over on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rubbishrevamped.
You’ll find a guide for making a ribbon from junkmail there. Happy festive season!
Thank you Megan for sending in this photo of your beautiful folksy hanging made at the Rubbish Revamped workshop. There’s an old skirt in there, and some material remnants. Others used up old curtains, a worn-out shirt and other clothing past their best, all now memorably enshrined in eye-catching folksy hangings.
And here’s what one of the other participants said about Folksy Hanging: “Such fun – turning rags into riches. Loved the cakes, the tuition and the inspiration”. It will all be on the Rubbish Revamped menu again next year!
Another fun evening with a lovely group of people making Junkmail Jewellery on Thursday evening. Everyone made a bracelet and then had the choice of making either earrings or a mobile phone charm.
Had a lovely day out with Rubbish Revamped regular Lynne at the Great Northern Craft Fair this weekend. Felt a bit depressed by the costs (yes, I know how long things take to make…) especially for silver jewellery; will stick to junkmail and button adornments for now! Completely wowed by the big knitter, Ingrid Wagner, who was vibrantly welcoming, thrusting ginormous knitting needles at anyone within reaching distance (pretty far, considering their length). I couldn’t resist buying a kit. This included needles, balls of selvage (this is apparently a strip cut off material that would go to waste) and a pattern to make a cushion. I’m actually going to make a bag. Got started last night. It’s fun but quite hard work, probably the closest I’m getting to having a work-out and building up a sweat.
My other purchase was a floral sillouette hanging from the lovely and massively talented Sarah Morpeth who creates stunning 3-D sculptures from books, among other papercraft magic. Do check out their websites. Coincidentally they are both based in Northumberland.
Crafty mums at Stretford Children’s Centre, getting decorative with junkmail bunting.
Ready just in time for Sarah’s birthday. Hope it was a good one!
A fun creative time was had at the Broomwood Youth Centre in Timperley on a cold and dark October evening. After admittedly eyeing up the Rubbish Revamped display a mite suspiciously(*) young people launched enthusiastically into making juice carton wallets and button bracelets. As you can see below, some people could not be torn away from it, equally attractive to male and female bracelet makers.
* That’ll be the weird looking sock creatures and junkmail creations, not the Rubbish Revamped staff, of course.
Here’s a picture of the sock bunnies just for Lucy as she was so enamoured with them. Maybe we’ll be back to make some of them? Start gathering those baby socks…
As a previous maker of a Rubbish Revamped jumper monkey, Jayne was planning to create a little sock monkey friend for him, but unfortunately couldn’t make last September’s date. As all the workshops are available as BYO (‘book your own’), she gathered a couple of mates for their own session, and here they all are, what a glamorous bunch the six of them make.
Fancy your own Rubbish Revamped event with family or friends? Email Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what you fancy.
The evening started off with a chilled out choosing of buttons to make these funky bracelets. We stopped for tea and home-made scones before moving on to crafting little wire heart hangings. Slight error in choosing good quality silver-coated jewellery wire as it kept snapping! Sorry about that, got there eventually though! Will go back to B&Q’s £1.00 a roll wire in future… Do admire the results below.
The wire hearts can be hung on a Christmas tree or wall, or sewn to card for a personalised greeting card. Next up on the buttons front is Blissed Out with Buttons: The Bag. That’s Rubbish Revamped at the service of all you button crafting aficionados…
Have you seen the beautiful newspaper bags from India? Many people are interested in making their own, so we kicked off this week’s Rubbish Revamped session by coaxing newspaper sheets into useful, attractive and quite quirky bags. Fancy a go yourself? Here’s a link to one version of the bag http://www.greengreengrocer.co.uk/media/downloads/instructions.pdf
And if that wasn’t tricky enough, we moved onto weaving baskets from magazines. It’s actually a lovely technique – once you get the hang of it – that is transferable to newspaper and cardboard too. The group got quite imaginative not just with the Guardian magazine but with copies of Match magazine and Gamesmaster – no pink & girly crafting here tonight. Note the junkmail bunting hanging overhead. This is dead easy to make. I’ll post a little guide to this sometime.