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Saturday, 12 November 2016

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...

 What will Santa bring this little mouse?
You may remember the cute little squirrel made for the NRAS Tea Party a few years ago? It was kindly made for us by Sue and was a prize in the raffle! Sue has kindly agreed to take over teaching the Needle Felting here at HH HQ as Jenny feels too unwell to continue sadly. I had been hoping she would change her mind over the summer - we had a lot of fun over the years and I'm sure everyone wishes her well very soon.
 Sue joins us for her first workshop here on Sunday 11th December and we're looking forward to making some cute and fuzzy Christmas Creatures (Christmas Jumpers are optional...)
 Jackie Daly has managed to fit in another one of her popular Polymer Clay and Resin workshops here on the 10th of December where you can make 5 items of jewellery included in the workshop fee with the option of buying more findings on the day! Due to having to leave the resin to harden the finished trinkets can be collected anytime after a week has passed.
 It's been a different kind of week here at the farm with Wednesday seeing me return to my furnishing background. I was kindly asked to teach a Roman Blind workshop over at Snape Maltings, it was a smashing day and at the end we were all exhausted but very happy with the finished blinds. It's part of a new venture for this part of Suffolk and other workshops have included Wellbeing Workshops and demonstrations from an instrument maker!

 A very smart finish!
After I finish the workshop list on here I'm off to get ready for tomorrow's bunting and garland workshop feulled with sugar free peanut fudge!

Christmas Workshops 2016!!!!

Sunday 13th November - Garlands and Bunting for Christmas!
Saturday 19th November - Festive Free Motion Machine Embroidery
Sunday 20th November - Fabulous Day of Festive Stitch Fun using gorgeous Christmas fabrics!
Saturday 26th November - Origami! Gift Boxes and Bags, paper decorations for Christmas all conjured up by Sarah Valentine!
Sunday 27th November - Rag Wreaths!
Saturday 10th December - Polymer Clay and Resin Jewellery with Jackie Daly, make trinkets for Christmas!
Sunday 11th December - Festive Needle Felting with Sue, make a Christmas Creature!
Sunday 18th December - *Silver Clay and Silicon Mould Making. Make shiny 99.9% pure silver for Christmas*

All workshops listed above apart from those marked with a * run from 11-3 and are £40 per person  with £20 deposit required to save a space, full payment on the day of the workshop. The Silver Clay one is £75 per person due to the cost of the materials involved.

Look forward to seeing you on one of these very soon! 
Next Blog Post will be the 2017 workshop list, I'm just waiting to hear back from some talented folk :-) 
Nic x

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Seasonal Workshops - crafting for Christmas 2016!

 The reed heads are popping out which means that it nearly time for one of my favourite natural dye workshops! There are a lot of plants in flower now which are all good dyes, the tansy on my allotment is particularly good this year. I'm running another couple of natural dyeing workshops this year and I'm always happy to do extra sessions with small groups at any other time. Any excuse to get the dye pots out! It seems insane to be thinking about Christmas gifts already but anyone who makes anything will know that these things take time! A workshop is a perfect way to learn something new, create a personalised gift for a loved one and spend a day with some lovely people!
 This year sees a new workshop and a new person teaching here! Helen makes these adorable mohair bears as well as lots of other cute creatures - each bear takes two days to make with a little bit of handstitching homework in the week between dates.
 On my days off I like to get together with a couple of mates and play around with different materials, catch up on gossip and sometimes hatch out some new workshop ideas! Sarah's husband came up with the name - Beadelicious! 
He has a point, with the yummy colours, a bit of shimmer and an excuse to get some tools out!
Last weekend we had another Scandi inspired day with Sarah, some lovely artistic ladies and a raspberry jam and creme fraiche gluten free cake!

 Keeping Sarah busy and who doesn't just love these fabulous fabric roses? Using millinery techniques and tools to form these gorgeous blooms means that you can embellish headpieces or bags!

 We've been hiring the marquee next door to HH HQ to hold some of our bigger workshops, it's a lovely atmosphere and light - when we get all the weavers in there it's like a party! We even have our own 'textile fireworks' with sounds of 'ooo' and 'ahhh' as colours and textures of yarns are compared, selected and woven into the works of art! The next session is booked out but Cherrie is coming to do a couple more sessions for us before Christmas, the first in September is Saori Style and the second in October will be to make a scarf.
 Current list 11th August 2016
Friday 19th - Silk Flowers with Scarlett Valentine - £40
Saturday 20th - Polymer Clay and Resin Jewellery - £40
Sunday 21st - Raspberry Wine Making - £40
Saturday 27th and 3rd September - Mohair Bears - £70
Sunday 29th - Natural Dyeing - £40
Saturday 10th - Stinky Fish, a sewing workshop for children! £20
Sunday 11th - Saori Style Weaving - £55
Sunday 11th, 18th and 25th - Learn to knit socks with confidence and without a pattern! £70
Saturday 24th - Sew a Scandi Style Crossover Strap Apron - £40
Saturday 1st - Free Motion Machine Embroidery and Quilting - £40
Sunday 9th - Crochet £40
Saturday 15th - Weave a snuggly scarf for winter - £55
Sunday 16th and 23rd - Mohair Bear Making - £70
Saturday 22nd - Beadelicious! £40
Sunday 30th - Indigo Batik - £40

October Half Term Workshops 
for children! 
email for details and booking
Tuesday 25th - Skirt making
Wednesday - Weaving
Thursday - Private Birthday Party
Friday - Tweed Owls

Sunday 13th - Christmas Bunting - £40
Saturday 19th - Festive Free Motion Machine Embroidery - £40
Sunday 20th - Stitch a Festive Garland - £40
Saturday 26th - Christmas Papercraft with Scarlett Valentine - £40
Sunday 27th - Rag Wreath - £40
Sunday 11th - Festive Needle Felting - £40
Sunday 18th - Silver Clay Jewellery - £TBC

Book by dropping in to HH HQ, email or call 01449 721123 during shop hours, a deposit of £20 is required to hold a space - full payment on booking for the children's workshops.
It's harder than you would think to get a decent turkey picture but here are my growing up fast babies! Next out of the incubator are Indian Runner Ducks - fingers crossed! Nic x

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Talking Turkey! More workshops for 2016!

 The first day of playing in the sunshine for my baby turkeys and proof that they can be taught how to walk...this was the week before last so they are a little bigger now!

 New project for the children to make this summer holiday, a lot of fun to make and trialled by Hannah who is one of my Super Star Stitchers! She also helped design the owl tidy!
Hannah's owl is the top one, isn't it great?
 Although I'm not usually drawn to crochet I'm finding that having a big project 'on the go' quite nice at present, at the rate I'm working it should be a blanket by next winter...possibly!
 I've had a couple of great dyeing sessions with some fabulous ladies over the last couple of weeks, it's lovely to do it here on the farm when the sun is shining and so different to last year where it rained everytime the dyepans came out! 
The first group did two days of indigo dyeing with me. The first day is spent creating areas of resist by folding and clamping, stitching and tieing or using wax and handcut stencils. In the background I prepare a dye vat, this takes a whole day and is not a timed process at all but changes are observed at each stage before moving on. We do all the dipping in the last half an hour! The following day I get to step back and enjoy watching someone else preparing a vat.
I enjoy watching projects being planned like the napkins clamped between cardboard, even the string and card are kept for future use in some artwork! Mary spent a whole days sewing stripes and tieing groups of three beans into some lawn to make a scarf.

 Mary's scarf after dipping and rinsing!
 Penny's napkins!
 Some children who visit HH HQ had used Loom Bands to tie dye some clothes!
 Penny's spectacular table cloth to match her napkins!
Looking forward to lots more dyeing this summer...but this is not how we get orange pigs!

 I decided to make a few napkins myself, my mum loves indigo!

 We've got a lot of new workshops on the list including Sarah Valentine making the sweet little houses and Scandi Handicrafts as well as the new crossover back apron one! 
Check out the list below!
 You can book in the usual ways, via email or text but it's always nice to see a friendly face at the shop - you never know when you would get a chance to play with a baby turkey again!
 After all this typing I'll be getting the dye books out for this Sunday's Fleece Preparation Workshop with Jenny Tidman, I've been looking forward to it for a long time and so have the lovely people who have booked onto it!
Sunday 19th Fleece Prep 11-3 £40
Sunday 26th Green Walnut Wine 11-3 £40
Saturday 2nd Spinning 10-1 £40 with social spinning session in the afternoon - morning workshop people can attend for free and all other spinners pay £10 for use of drum carders, refreshments and fun! We'll be in the tent so there's loads of space and light.
Saturday 9th Wet Felting 10-4 £50
Sunday 10th Advanced Knitting 11-3 £40
Saturday 16th July Polymer Clay and Resin Jewellery 11-3 £40
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th Indigo Batik 11-3 £70
Saturday 23rd Dress Patterns, understanding and adapting them 11-3 £40
Sunday 24th Saori Weaving 10-4 £55
Saturday 30th Adapting dress patterns to fit and flatter 11-3 £40
Sunday 31st Crochet 11-3 £40
Saturday 6th Scandi Handicrafts 11-3 £40
Sunday 14th Saori Weaving 10-4 £55
Saturday 20th Polymer Clay and Resin Jewellery Making 11-3 £40
Sunday 21st Raspberry Wine Making 11-3 £40
Saturday 27th August and Saturday 3rd September Make Mohair Bears! 11-3 £70
Sunday 28th August Natural Dyeing with Plants and Mordants 11-3 £40
Sundays 11th, 18th and 25th Learn to knit socks with confidence and without a pattern! 11-3 £70
Saturday 24th Crossover back apron, Scandi style! Learn to work with French seams! 11-3 £40
Saturday 1st Free Motion Machine Embroidery and Quilting 11-3 £40
Sunday 9th October Crochet £40
Sunday 16th and 23rd Mohair Bear Making 11-3 £70
November 13th Soapmaking 11-3 £50
Sunday 20th Stitch a Festive Garland! 11-3 £40
Saturday 26th Nuno Felted Angel 11-3 £40
Sunday 27th Rag Wreath 11-3 £40
Sunday 11th Festive Needle Felting 11-3 £40
Looking forward to seeing you on some of our exciting and fun workshops soon! Nic x

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Workshops far!

 Hard to believe it's been just over two years since the whole of HH HQ was moved over to the Dovecote at Alder Carr Farm! The building is the only one in the country being a repurposed windmill and it even has it's own wikipedia entry!
It was looking very blue around that time as a lot of the dyeing for Indigo was being done at the time and I still love the patterns on these fabrics, looking forward to the warmer weather so we can do some more! Look out for the dyeing workshops, I can also do private sessions if needed.

 Something I thought I would never get the hang of was spinning and although I'm not very good I am enjoying it and find it really is relaxing which I never really believed in the beginning - Jenny is teaching some fleece preparation and spinning in the summer when it will be a lot nicer to be handling wet fleece, places go quickly so if you are interested don't leave it till the last minute...
 We're coming up to the last weekend of sock knitting and with the heels behind us all we have to finish a pair of socks is to shape and graft the toes, there will be another course later in the year! In the meantime there is a day of knitting in the round techniques coming up, see list below!

 Sunny days on the farm make everyone smile and I'm taking advantage of any sunny spells to get the sty ready for our new pigs arriving tomorrow - three girls this time and they are stunners! Friendly and liking a scratch, it's always good to chat to a pig in the morning...
 The brilliant thing about running the shop and workshops is that I get to know people like Jenny and Jackie Daly, Jenny taught Jackie how to felt bowls and Jackie taught Jenny and I how to make jewellery like the pieces in the picture below!
 We are trying to collect together all our workshop examples in the gorgeous cabinet which now sits at the front of the shop, we're getting there slowly and it does make an eye-catching display!

 I did enjoy the short break over Christmas and New Year but it's also nice to have the bustle of workshops again. We've had a few brilliant ones already and this Friday is the first of the dressmaking ones for this year with the focus on zips we'll be making skirts. Next Friday is Scarlett Valentine's Silk Flowers workshop, using heated tools to shape the silk - love it!
 Whenever I get a chance I like a bit of knitting especially when it's as nice as this handspun - I'm making this for a dear friend who helped me move the shop around over the Christmas break. What was upstairs is now downstairs and what was downstairs is now upstairs and if there is one thing an ex-windmill has plenty of it's stairs!
 With a lot of compliments about the new layout it was definitely worth it and being downstairs to run workshops has been really nice although we do have screens for when we are making corsets!
Workshops far!

Friday 4th - skirt making £50 including pattern but you do need to get fabric 
Saturday 5th - Socks £70
Friday 11th - Silk Flowers £40
Sunday 13th - Easter Needle Felting £40 FULL
Saturday 19th - Make a child's popover dress £50*
Sunday 20th - Stuffed Toys £40 3 spaces
Saturday 2nd - Scandi Handicrafts £40 3 spaces
Friday 8th and Friday 15th - Corset Making £75 3 spaces*
Sunday 10th - Broomstick Crochet £40 2 spaces
Saturday 16th - Saori Weaving £55 3 spaces*
Sunday 17th - Polymer Clay and Resin Jewellery £40 2 spaces
Saturday 23rd - Needle Felting a Bunny £40
Sunday 24th - Quilted Cool Bag £40 3 spaces
Saturday 30th - Tunisian Crochet £40 3 spaces
Sunday 8th - Print fabric and make a lampshade! £40
Saturday 14th - Wild Headpieces £40 3 spaces
Saturday 21st - Saori Weaving £55*
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th - Indigo £40 per day or £70 for both, they will be different!
Saturday 4th - Natural Dyeing with plants and mordants £40 3 spaces
Sunday 19th - Fleece preparation, carding and spinning £40
Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th - A millinery masterclass! £150 includes all materials*
Saturday 25th - Polymer Clay and Resin Jewellery £40
Sunday 26th - Green Walnut Winemaking £40 2 spaces
Saturday 2nd - Free Motion Machine Embroidery £40
Saturday 2nd Learn to spin 10-1 £40 Social spinning 2-5 £10 but free if you're booked on the morning course! Drum Carders and advice available while you spin in company! *
Saturday 9th - Wet Felting Day £50*
Sunday 10th - Advanced knitting techniques, tips and tricks for neater knitting! £40
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th - Raku Weekend £45 per session*
Saturday 16th - Polymer Clay and Resin Jewellery £40 2 spaces
Sunday 24th - Saori Weaving £55*
Sunday 31st - Crochet £40
Saturday 6th - Scandi Handicrafts with Scarlett Valentine £40
Sunday 14th - Saori Weaving £55*
Saturday 20th - Polymer Clay and Resin £40
Sunday 21st - Raspberry Winemaking £40
Sunday 28th - Natural Dyeing with Purple Reed Heads and mordants £40
Sunday 9th - Autumnal Needle Felting with Jenny Tidman £40
Sunday 13th - Soap making £40
Sunday 20th - Festive stitching, make a decorative garland! £40
Saturday 26th - Nuno Felted Angel with Jenny Tidman £40
Sunday 27th - Rag Wreath £40
Sunday 11th - Festive Needle Felting £40

Most of our workshops run 11-3 (except for those marked with a * which are slightly different) and we stop for lunch at 1 but only for a short while as we are also fuelled with cake, tea and coffee - our cakes can be wheat free, gluten free, vegan etc. just let us know when booking as it would be a shame for you to miss out!
A place can be reserved with a £20 deposit and can be booked via email or in person at the shop, it's always nice to see you!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

HH HQ Creating Crafters since 2009!

 As 2015 comes to an end it's only when looking back over photos taken throughout the year I can see how busy it was - we saw the launch of the farm magazine that Barry puts together and somehow makes sense of all of our contributions! In 2016 I'll be adding a cake recipe to each craft feature, I have added a few new ones this year...
 Still finding a few of our old favourites on the 2016 workshop list but inbetween you will find some exciting new things to try!

 Just because you sometimes need a photo of a handsome pig in amongst all the crafting loveliness...
 Adding to the children's workshops which are held in the school holidays there is also now a Saturday Children's Sewing Club!
A small project is worked on between 12 and 3, ideally for children 8years and up who must be accompanied by an adult. The dates for next year are 
March 12th
April 9th
May 7th
June 11th
July 9th
August 13th
September 10th
October 8th
December 10th
and the cost is £15 per child with everything included - please note that we do use sewing machines and sharp scissors! Booking ahead is essential to save your space.

 Our shy Christmas Crafters hiding behind their Rag Wreaths...and who could forget Stevie the Monster who also had a pet carrot who lived in a Carrotvan? One of my favourite monsters from Draw a monster, make a monster workshops!
 So if there are any workshops on the list you would love to come along to then book early as we usually only have very small numbers on many of the courses. 

As a special thank you any Early Bird bookings are at the prices charged in 2015 (usually £35) as next year there will be a small increase unfortunately. If circumstances mean that you are unable to attend just let me know as soon as possible and your deposit can be moved to another date.
6th Knitting for absolute beginners
13th Needle Felting - Valentine Theme
14th Crochet for unleashing your inner crochet goddess...
20th, 27th and March 5th Socks £70 in total
21st Free Motion Machine Embroidery
28th Print fabric and make a lampshade
4th Skirt making £50 *
11th Silk Flowers, beautiful blooms with Scarlett Valentine Millinery
13th Needle Felting Easter Delights
19th Child's pop-over dress £50 *
20th Fun making stuffed toys
2nd Scandi-handicrafts, working with paper, wood and paint!
8th and 15th Corset making £75 *
10th Broomstick Crochet
16th Saori Weaving £55 *
17th Polymer Clay Jewellery Making
23rd Crocheted Granny Bunting
24th Quilted Cool Bag
30th Tunisian Crochet
8th Print fabric and make a lampshade
14th Fantastical Headpieces with Scarlett Valentine Millinery
15th Free Motion Machine Embroidery
21st Saori Weaving £55 *
28th and 29th Indigo Batik $40 per day or book both for £70!
4th Natural Dyeing with plants
8th, 9th and 10th A Millinery Master Class with Scarlett Valentine Millinery Price TBC *
18th Zips, buttons and bits
19th Fleece preparing and spinning Price TBC *
25th Polymer Clay Jewellery making
26th Green Walnut Workshop
2nd Free Motion Machine Embroidery
9th Wet Felting Day Price TBC*
10th Knitting in the round, stretchy cast on and offs...
16th Polymer Clay Jewellery making 
16th and 17th Raku firing days Price TBC
24th Saori Weaving £55*
14th Saori Weaving £55 *
20th Polymer Clay Jewellery making
21st Raspberry Wine, Country Winemaking Price TBC
28th Natural dyeing with plants

Unless stated all workshops are £40 per person and run from 11 am to 3pm the days marked with a * will have different start and finish times. A deposit of £20 on booking will hold the space and if booked before Christmas the old pricing will apply.


Message me via twitter @halfpennyhome or FB Halfpenny Home Haberdashery - alternatively call in to the shop to book and have yourselves a lovely Christmas!
Nic x