Archive | February, 2012

Introducing……….. (drum roll please!)

28 Feb

our new CRAFT CAFE nights…….

The first two workshops in February and March have been a runaway success and have been fully booked (with long waiting lists) within a very short space of time which shows that Horsham is definitely full of budding creative people. I have hated putting people onto a waiting list as it seems to be totally against the reason why I started this project in the first place! So I have now booked the same venue, the Park Barn, for the third Monday evening of each month for a Craft Café night.

The Craft Café will operate in a similar way to the workshops on the first Monday of the month in setup but won’t have a tutor or a set workshop agenda. Instead it will be an evening where you can bring along some craft project that you are working on at home to work alongside others to share tips and advice and to be inspired. Maybe you have a costume to make for your daughter’s play or have you recently been given a craft kit and wanted to try it out? Don’t worry if you haven’t got anything to bring to work on as we will have some materials with us as well as some project ideas making this event ideal for beginners as well as for more experienced crafters. We will also have other larger items that people can use for the evening, a sewing machine, cutting mats, iron and ironing board, books, magazines and much more.

Places for these evening must be booked in advance and will work along the same suggested donation of £4 to cover the basic costs. All advice, tips, tea and cake and good company will of course, be free.

Dates of Craft Café nights for Spring;

Monday 19th March

Monday 16th April

Please contact us for a space by emailing us at


‘Crochet for beginners workshop’ – 5th March

12 Feb

Come and join us for an enjoyable evening learning the basics of crochet. Relax with a hot cuppa and cake whilst we learn how to do a modern take on a basic crochet granny square. We’ll follow a basic pattern, teach you how to read a crochet pattern and also how to change colour. The workshop will be lead by Michelle Cresswell from Owl and Slipper who will also be offering some inspiring starter packs for only £6 (hook, conversion chart and 2 balls of cotton yarn). Please contact her via facebook or etsy for more details.

Monday 5th March 7.30-9.30pm at the Park Barn (next to the Conservatory Cafe), suggested donation of £6

Please contact us for more details

‘Oh what a night….’

8 Feb

Despite the recent arrival of snow in Horsham at the weekend, 20 of us gathered in the warmth of the Park Barn for Make’s launch creative craft evening. Becky of Button Becky battled morning sickness to give a sterling job of showing everyone how to make one of her brooches and hair clips using vintage fabric and buttons. (Don’t forget to visit her at Horsam Market in the Carfax every Saturday)

Everyone left with a creative glow of satisfaction after having made several items. Well done to everyone who managed to hold out for cake until they had mastered the technique. In hindsight it probably wasn’t a good idea to bake a lemon drizzle cake without a trial run first!

A true community feeling was fostered with some staying behind to help tidy away, thank you ladies. Looking forward to the next workshop ‘Crochet for beginners’ with Michelle from Owl & Slipper on 5th March – more details to come soon.