Beyond the News

04/10/2010 at 10:01 pm (Past workshop)

Newspaper bag and magazine basket
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.

Baskets and bags

Baskets and bags


Newspaper bag and magazine basket

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Blissed Out with Buttons – and with bubbly!

16/07/2010 at 11:44 am (Past workshop)

Yes indeed, those are champagne flutes you see before your very eyes on the crafting table.  A nice coincidence for the last in-house Rubbish Revamped workshop of the summer, it was Lynne’s birthday and her two accompanying friends, Louise and Debbie, brought a bottle of champagne.  This was saved until ‘half time’ when we stopped for cake (yep, with candles) and were moving on from the slightly fiddly button heart decorations to the more soothing button bracelets. Do admire the results below.

Blissed out with Buttons and bubbly!
I wish I’d done this months ago! I have thoroughly enjoyed the evening, meeting nice people and going away feeling satisfied with my small but beautiful achievement. Thank you Danielle!” Karen

“I’m very un-crafty and creative but it didn’t matter… Lovely friendly, relaxed and supportive environment” Anna

Made a lovely birthday evening! Such a lovely atmosphere. I have never done anything like this before and found it very relaxing. Thanks for a great evening. Had a laugh too! (Now hooked!).

Jazzy button bracelets - all the rage this summer

Really sorry to all of you who could not get a place on this session. The workshop will definitely be available again in the Autumn/Winter programme. Can’t wait that long? Get a group of mates together and host your own Rubbish Revamped button party – email me at rubbishrevamped@googlemail.com for a quote. I’m also working on Blissed Out with Buttons: The Bag. Oh yes, there is no end to the excitement available from button crafting.

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Gilbert the sock monster goes girly

18/06/2010 at 11:54 pm (Past workshop)

We made the most of a beautiful warm evening by carting all the crafting paraphenalia down the garden, socks ‘n all.

Sock 'Gilberts' going into surgery on a beautiful summer evening

Sock 'Gilberts' going into surgery on a beautiful summer evening

Why ‘Gilbert’, you might ask? Well, we’ve had the delights of sock monsters, sock bunnies and sock monkeys and there seemed to be no proper description of what this new creature could be. Although Sue’s did look remarkably like a squirrel…  Having all come to a workshop to make a ‘Gilbert’ the group turned out some quite girly  and strangely glamorous-looking creatures.

Gilberts on parade - or should that be Gilbertas?

And here’s a few words from some of tonight’s crafters
Thank you so much for such a wonderful evening of fun! I shall treasure my Gilbertina forever! See you again.” Lucie.
“A lovely evening in the garden and delicious cake! Looking forward to other craft evenings soon. Nel
I am absolutely loving Gilberta – she will have pride of place in my home! Thank you for a lovely therapeutic and relaxing evening! Joanne”.

Joanne and Lucie's glamorous sock Gilbert(ina)s

Joanne and Lucie's glamorous sock Gilbert(ina)s

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Beyond Blissed Out with Buttons

11/06/2010 at 3:24 pm (Past workshop)

Thanks for a lovely evening! The time flew by and I’m really pleased with my brooch. I’ll definitely book onto another course. Debbie x”
Admire Marguerite and Debbie’s amazing startburst button brooches here.

Starburst brooches

Starburst brooches

Despite possibly the entire group looking a bit like rabbits caught in the headlights at the outset of this Beyond Blissed Out with Buttons workshop – “Do what with the wire? Twist it? Thread it? Sew it? Wind it? Loop it?”, everyone got quickly stuck into crafting the most amazingly original button jewellery.

Button brooches and rings galore

It’s always interesting to see how everyone at a Rubbish Revamped workshop can start off with the same materials but produce quite different endpieces.

Truly Blissed Out with Buttons

Truly Blissed Out with Buttons

It was lovely to welcome two mothers and daughters this evening: Grainne and Una, at the forefront of the picture and Nadine (standing) with Bibi under the table – aged only two weeks, Bibi slept through the whole session!
“I can’t believe I could get so excited about buttons – great fun, and a lovely evening. Thanks for being so welcoming Danielle. Want to come again”. Nadine

Yep, it is possible and not that unusual to get exceedingly excited by buttons!
Want to get excited too? There are currently two places still available on the Blissed Out with Buttons workshop on 15 July, making a button bracelet and a cute little heart hanging. More info on the workshop page at http://www.rubbishrevamped.org.uk/workshops_buttons.html

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Open Studio for Chorlton Arts Festival

04/06/2010 at 11:57 pm (Past workshop)

A brilliant 10th anniversary for Chorlton Arts Festival was wrapped up for Rubbish Revamped with our first ever Open Studio. It was sadly the wettest wet day in a fairly dry period. Thanks, weather. Despite this it was lovely to welcome old and new revamping friends to view displays of revamped rubbish and dabble with some crafting at the mini drop-in workshops.

Sheltering from the rain at a mini workshop

Sheltering from the rain at a mini workshop

It’s amazing what can be done with rubbish”. “You have re-inspired my love of rubbish”.
It was cool”. “What a lovey time here today! Thank you for teaching us how to make such groovy stuff”. “Thanks. This has really been so inspiring. What a great idea for a hen party”. So said some of the day’s visitors – thanks, it was lovely to see you all!

Tina and Bruce helping out at the open studio

Tina and Bruce helping out at the open studio - thanks!

A big favourite this year for me was singer Beth Jeans Houghton. Stunning voice, great stage presence and endearingly quirky. Listen to her beautiful song – and enjoy the accompanying video (“produced  on no budget” says producer TommyHootchiekaboom – wanna make one for Rubbish Revamped then?) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwkTCov06Pk&feature=related

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