Archive | April, 2013

Alice in Wonderland themed Sugarcraft and Cupcake Decorating Workshop

30 Apr

Monday 13th May 2013

ALICE IN WONDERLAND THEMED

SUGARCRAFT AND CUPCAKE DECORATING WORKSHOP

with Gina Liston from Poppy’s Pantry

7.00 pm – 9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham

 

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This workshop is ideal for those wanting to learn the basics of sugarcraft and how to decorate perfect cupcakes every time. Gina Liston from Poppy’s Pantry, based in Cowfold, makes the most wonderful creations and so is the perfect person to be running these workshops for us. Take a look at her website here and her facebook page here. Gina will be bringing her professionally baked cupcakes and will be teaching us how to make edible decorations to top them using basic sugarcraft techniques.

By the end of the class you will be able to:

                      how to make perfect buttercream

                      pipe beautiful buttercream swirls

                      use sugarcraft tools and products correctly

                      make stunning edible decorations to top your cupcakes

Each person will go home with their own creation of six cupcakes in a gorgeous Poppy’s Pantry gift box.

Everything is included in the price of the workshop, we just ask if you can bring a few bits of basic equipment. This is a perfect workshop for total beginners as the places are limited to only 6 people so you will get a lot of individual attention from Gina.

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Details:

Suitable : for all abilities

Place: limited to only 6 places

Cost:  £21

You will need to bring:

                      An apron, medium sized mixing bowl, a large spoon and a spatula

 

Please email us at makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.

 

 

Gerbera Flower Sugarcraft and Cupcake Decorating workshop

28 Apr

Monday 8th July and Monday 15th July 2013

GERBERA FLOWER SUGARCRAFT AND CUPCAKE DECORATING WORKSHOP

with Gina Liston from Poppy’s Pantry

7.00 pm – 9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham

 

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This workshop is ideal for those wanting to learn some basics of sugarcraft and how to use flower paste. Gina Liston from Poppy’s Pantry, based in Cowfold, makes the most wonderful creations and so is the perfect person to be running these workshops for us. Take a look at her website here and her facebook page here.

Gina will be bringing her professionally baked cupcakes and will be teaching us how to make some stunning floral edible decorations to top them using basic sugarcraft techniques. The focus will be on creating the intricate Gerbera flower using floral paste and then dusts are used to colour them to create a realistic effect. Each person will go home with their own creations of cupcakes in a gorgeous Poppy’s Pantry gift box.

Everything is included in the price of the workshop, we just ask if you can bring a few bits of basic equipment. This is a perfect workshop for total beginners as the places are limited to only 10 people.

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Details:

Suitable : for all abilities

Place: limited to 10 places

Cost:  £18

You will need to bring:

–           An apron, medium sized mixing bowl, a large spoon and a spatula

We also have another Sugarcraft/ Cupcake Decorating workshop based on the theme of Alice in Wonderland on 13th May. More information is here.

Please email us at makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.

 

Natural Beauty Products for Summer

28 Apr

Monday 3rd June 2013

NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR SUMMER WORKSHOP

with Beverley Scott-Hughes from Just Bev Soaps

7.00 pm – 9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham

 

Come and learn how to make some beauty products out of entirely natural and high-quality ingredients to pamper yourself and to get your body in shape for your summer holiday. Beverley from Just Bev Soaps will be demonstrating and showing you how to make the following 5 different products, you will also get all the recipes and instruction sheets to take home so that you can make more.

During this workshop you will be making the following:

1.   1.    Fizzy Bath Bombs made with shea butter to moisturise the skin,

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2.  2.     Bath Melts made from cocoa butter and other oils which nourishes dry skin and skin exposed to the sun.

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3.   3.    Peppermint Foot Soaks made from peppermint essential oils, sea salt and bicarbonate of soda, great after a hot tiring day to put life back into your feet.

4.    4.   Face Mask will be made mixing various clays to make approx. half a jar of dry ingredients. This will be in powder form and each time you need some you can then mix a small amount with either water, rose water or yoghurt to make the paste to apply to the face. The mask will dry on the skin removing dead skin cells and toxins on the skin and rejuvenating the skin.

5.   5.    Salt Scrub is made with salts, sugars and oils. It’s great for exfoliating the skin, stimulating the circulation and removing dead skins cells. Beverley will have either lavender or Peppermint essential oils for this, please do bring your own oils if you wanted to use a different one.

 

Details:

Suitable : for all abilities

Places: 8 – 10 places

Cost:  £16

You will need to bring:

–           An apron, a pyrex jug, 2 ice cube trays, Kilner jar or similar (must have tight fitting lid) for the salt scrub, a small jar like a honey jar for the face mask.

 

Please email us at makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.

 

Learn the Basics of Patchwork Quilting

21 Apr

Monday 15th July 2013           

LEARN THE BASICS OF PATCHWORK QUILTING

with Victoria Coward from Cuddle Monsters

7.00-9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham

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This is the perfect way to get involved in quilting or to re-discover it, so this absolute basics workshop is ideal for both beginners and more experienced sewers. You will learn about all the tools and the basic techniques to make a patchwork quilt by making this mug rug, 9” square ( 23cm x 23cm ) with Victoria Coward from Cuddle Monsters. In this workshop you’ll practice basic patchwork skills, accurately cutting and measuring fabric, sewing a 1/4inch seam and creating a simple patchwork mug rug to keep your tea and biscuits cosy. All materials will be supplied but you will need to bring some equipment.

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Details:

Places:  limited to 9 places

Cost: £14

You will need to bring:

         –  Your sewing machine (we do have some that you can use, please contact us)

         –  A basic sewing kit (white thread, pins, small scissors, tape measure, unpicker, tailors pencil.)

         –  Straight edged ruler, a tailors chalk or air erasable pen and fabric scissors OR a cutting mat, quilters ruler and rotary cutter.

 

Email us on makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.

 

Another Pillowcase Dress workshop for Charity

21 Apr

As our first workshop we did for charity this year on 28th January went so well we are doing it again on 29th April! We had over 26 people who gathered to make  pillowcase dresses for Dress a Girl Around The World charity and we sent over 30 dresses to Louise of Sew Scrumptious (who is the UK Co-ordinator). Lets see if we can get even more people and make even more dresses to send to them this time? Here is the review of our last charity workshop.

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“It believes that every little girl should own a pretty dress”

The ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ charity, which was founded in America and is part of Hope 4 Women International, encourages people that can sew to make simple ‘pillowcase’ dresses which are then distributed to girls living in poverty in developing countries like India, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya etc.  It believes that every little girl should own at least one pretty dress. They have recently started making shorts for boys too.

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Louise Horler from ‘Sew Scrumptious’ is the UK Co-ordinator and has now collected over 3,000 dresses from all over the UK and Ireland. Louise joined up after reading about the charity in Sewing Magazine last year. If you haven’t heard of this project, then check out the US website here, and Louise’s page on her blog about it here or on her facebook page here.

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So what are the details?

Monday 29th April 2013            7pm – 9.30pm

in the Main Hall of the Brighton Road Baptist Church, entrance is in New Street

Cost: FREE, however we would really appreciate a donation of at least £3 to cover basic costs such as bias binding/ thread/ elastic/ hall hire/ tea & cake/ postage etc.

 

Please tell all your friends about it, share this on facebook, let’s see how many dresses we can make in one evening, the more the merrier!

 

But I can’t sew?

No problem, there are plenty of jobs to get involved with just come along and chose which part you’d like to get involved with. Plenty of tea making skills are needed as well as ironing, cutting  out the patterns, making fabric flowers to go onto the dresses, cutting lengths of elastic and bias binding. However at our workshop in January everyone (the majority hadn’t been near a sewing machine before) had a go and everyone ended up making a dress. Victoria from Cuddle Monsters and myself will be on hand to guide you through the simple steps.

 

Want to get involved?

Just follow these simple steps….

  1. Mark the date in your diary
  2. Let us know that you are thinking of coming in the comments section or via email (makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk), just so we can make sure we have room for everyone and more importantly that we have enough cake and tea for everyone!
  3. Find an old pillowcase (or more) that is clean, without marks or stains and not too see-through. If you haven’t got any some charity shops still sell them I know that Horsham Matters sell lots in their upstairs section. Alternatively please bring some fabric, 1m plus. We also have some spare pillowcases that you can use if you wish.
  4. Please bring your own sewing machine and fabric scissors if you have them.

 

You can also look at it this way……. why not come and learn how to make a simple dress for your daughter or shorts for you son whilst doing something good for our community? And all for only £3 plus free tea or coffee and plenty of cake not to mention fabulous company!

Also if you’ve been watching The Great British Sewing Bee and feel inspired to start sewing then this is the perfect start.

 

Another Paverpol workshop (by popular demand)

19 Apr

****** PLEASE NOTE THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM 13TH MAY TO 17TH JUNE ***************

Monday 17th June 2013          

PAVERPOL DECORATIVE CANVAS  WALL HANGING OR VASE

with Irma Westerdijk from Creations by Irma

 

7.00-9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham

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Come and learn the art of Paverpol with certified instructor Irma Westerdijk from Creations by Irma or simply to work on your technique from her last Paverpol workshop in April. She will be showing us how to create a textured decorative canvas using a cotton tshirt and paverpol. This is a workshop that it ideal for beginners and if you’d  prefer to use a vase rather than a canvas then it  is perfect for ‘upcyling’ an old vase lurking in the back of the cupboard. Do take a look at Irma’s website and facebook page and take a look at some of her stunning creations.

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If, like me, you didn’t know what Paverpol was then the following description from Irma’s website explains it well.

 

“What is Paverpol? Paverpol is a textile hardener that enables you to work with supple fabrics such as cotton, and sculpt visual masterpieces that can be displayed both in and outside your home. Paverpol is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and fun to work with. Paverpol is the only hardener with the AP safety label, making it suitable for children and adults.

 

How to use Paverpol? By dipping natural textile materials in Paverpol, you can drape and wrap the coated materials around a wire figurine or other frame. You can even preserve items of clothing, such as a first baby-grow, or dried flowers. Paverpol dries quickly, but gives you enough time to work and position textiles. Once hardened, you will have a beautiful and unique decoration or sculpture, which is weatherproof, so can be displayed indoors or outdoors. Providing the materials being dipped in Paverpol are natural, you can work with an array of textiles, including paper, silk, chamois leather, self hardening clay, dried flowers, untreated wood, plaster, pottery and more. You can also use polystyrene foam to fashion shapes.”

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Irma is part of the Horsham Artists Open Studios

 

Details:

Suitable for: All abilities

Cost: £16

You will need to bring:

–         Apron plus please wear old clothes

–         Old 100% cotton plain T-shirt (not too dark a colour)

–         A canvas, max size 12” x 16” (30cm x 40cm) The Works in Horsham sells these for £2.99.

–         Or a vase (glass or china) to cover.

 

Email us on makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.

Has the Great British Sewing Bee inspired you? ‘Learn about your Sewing Machine’ Workshops

17 Apr

***PLUS Monday 16th September 2013 ***

Monday 3rd June or Monday 17th June 2013           

LEARN ABOUT YOUR SEWING MACHINE AND MAKE A CUSHION COVER

with Victoria Coward from Cuddle Monsters

7.00-9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham

 

Is your sewing machine gathering dust?

Have you lost confidence or just got your first machine and unsure of where to begin?

Has The Great British Sewing Bee inspired you to learn how to sew?

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Victoria from Cuddle Monsters is back to run a workshop so that you can get to grip with the basics of sewing. In this workshop you will learn your way around your sewing machine, how to thread your sewing machine, adjust tension, wind on the bobbin and all the other techniques you need to get started with your sewing machine. This 2 1/2 hr workshop will mean that you not only learn basic sewing machine skills, but will help develop your confidence to getting to know your sewing machine by making a large cushion cover (to fit a 41cm square polyester cushion pad which is included in the price of the workshop) with an envelope style opening at the back. We are running two of these sessions, one on Monday 3rd June and the other on Monday 17th June.

 

On completion of this class you will confidently be able to:

– thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin.

– change the feet and needles

– find the right tension and stitch length for your project

– feed fabric through, sew in a straight line.

– explore the range of features and stitches on the machine.

– make a simple envelope style cushion cover

 

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(example of a cushion showing an envelope opening at the back)

Details:

Places:  limited to 6 places on each workshop

Cost: £14

You will need to bring:

         –  Your sewing machine in good working order with attachments and instruction manual.

        –   A basic sewing kit (matching thread to make your cushion, pins, small scissors, tape measure, unpicker, tailors pencil.)

         –  A rectangle of cotton fabric 16″ by 36″ (41cm by 92cm) of your choice.

 

Email us on makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.