When running a craft class on board a cruise ship it is important that I present a variety of crafts. One Craft that is always popular is block printing using mainly hand carved wooden blocks. I provide pre made linen tote bags and tea towels to work with. It’s a great hour or so whilst cruising the Norwegian Fjords.
Block printing appeals to all ages and abilities. I provide the paint and the equipment and, let’s face it, we all enjoy playing with paint. It must appeal to our inner child! Many of the visitors to my classes are competent crafts people so enjoy going the extra step. To encourage the individuality I also provide embroidery kits and buttons and beads for embelishment. The results are usually a delight and make a great cruise souvenir.
Yesterday I had a great day out at The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show in Manchester. The venue is great for me and my daughter kept me company. We tried Decoupage,watched a fashion show and learned about the art of Zentangle. I enjoyed every stall and could have bought lots of stuff. I did buy one or two ( ok more!) new projects.
I bought some gorgeous wool fabric to make a Winter skirt (and ordered the pattern on line last night)
I found a lovely stall selling French style Shabby chic textiles. See http://www.naturaleigh.co.uk Here I purchased some fat squares to make a secret Christmas present.
I bought a lucky dip gift bag, which amongst lots of other stuff, contained a HUGE Lindt chocolate treat. Diet? What diet?
One of my favourite stalls was Rachel John-extreme textiles! who created using mega! massive knitting needles and very multiple ply wool.
I also bought buttons, trimmings, craft magazines (note the plural!) rubber stamping stuff and quite a few cups of tea!
We returned home poorer financially but happy and tired.