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June 6, 2019

Sunday afternoons spent crafting, drinking tea, nibbling on a cheese platter and sheltering from the rain are just IDYLLIC, and this month’s Crafternoon was no different.

 
This month we welcomed back Russian felt artist, Lucy Stocks, for a second felting workshop, this time taking our skills a step further and creating a pouch. We learnt how to combine fibres, layers colours and adding design elements like initials and shapes, using a resist technique to stop two sides of an item from sticking together, and adding buttons, felt balls and loops to fasten.

Lucy also showed us examples of nunofelting (where you felt onto a thin fabric like a scarf),  wearable felt items like slippers and hats, and some of the amazing structural pieces she had created from all types of fibres and wool. Lucy is so passionate about felting, she told us that sometimes she can’t sleep for thinking about the things she wants to make! It was awesome to welcome back such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutor for...

May 15, 2019

This month we welcome back Lucy Stocks, a passionate and experienced felt artist who ran our fabulous “Intro to Felting” workshop last May!

Felting is a traditional craft in Lucy’s native Russia, but over many years of experimentation with modern tools and techniques, Lucy has developed the ability to create a huge range of surface designs, finishes and structures from slippers and wraps to flowers, vessels and hats. Lucy regularly runs workshops along the south coast and this will be the second time we’ve enticed her to Hamilton to run a Crafternoon!

In this relaxed afternoon you will learn all about the process of creating and manipulating felt, including using the tools of the trade, prefelts, layering fleece, nunofelting, the “resist” method and adding decorations to your creation.

Even though it sounds complex, felt is actually super simple to create, so this workshop is suitable for absolute beginners. With fibres, soapy water and a little magic, you will create sheets and shape...

March 27, 2019

After needing to reschedule, we're finally collaborating with local artist Alyshia Bensch, aka Studio Marlo, to create beautiful Mixed Media Collages this July!

Alyshia is a multidisciplinary artist, with a love of illustration, design and the natural world. She has a BA of creative arts, and is almost finished her MA of art therapy, and is passionate about the power of creativity, especially in how if affects us whole-heartedly; mind, body and soul. We can't WAIT to finally be collaborating for a Crafternoon, as Alyshia really is an inspiring human who is able to make creativity flow in even the most "non-creative" person. As tutor, Alyshia will guide you through the process of selecting colours and shapes, creating layers and adding details, finding inspiration from the natural environment.


On Sunday 7 July from 1-4pm, the cute converted railway station at the foot of the Grampians; Off the Rails Dunkeld, will be filled with colourful paper, paints, pens and magazines... a multitude...

February 19, 2019

What a dreamy afternoon we had in the cute converted railway station at the base of Mt Sturgeon, sipping tea and crafting beautiful wall hangings in our last Crafternoon.

Bec from Meraki Nest and I filled the room with delicious sweet treats, mountains of craft supplies and the biggest basket of cuttlefish I've ever soon (not that I've ever seen a basket of cuttlefish, but if I had it wouldn't have had a patch on Bec's!)

Everyone created something totally unique- using sculpted cuttlefish, rafia, beads, twine, bark, feathers, even sheoak seed pods turned into nature's most beautiful beads. Check our the photo gallery below for an insight into the fun we had at our lovely Crafternoon!

Our next workshop is going to be equally as creative and lovely!

We're teaming up with the talented Tine Brok from Eucy Redd Raw Ecodyes to learn how to use botanical elements to colour and add printed details to beautiful fabric scarves, in the luscious grounds of the Hamilton institute of Rural Learning...

February 14, 2019

This month we’re collaborating with the lovely Tine Brok of Eucy Redd Raw Ecodyes for a hands-on Crafternoon on botanical eco dyeing!

We’re going to nestle into the mud brick HIRL Art Rooms, surrounded by 11 acres of native parklands, with a bandicoot enclosure, native edible plant garden, veggie patches, natural wetlands and lots of lovely flowers and foliage. 

Tine will guide an intimate group of us on how to dye and add patterns to fabric with botanical elements like petals, leaves and bark, how to use mordants, bind your scarves and make the magic happen!

We’ll each take home a finished good-quality wool or vegan cotton/hemp scarf which you've coloured yourself using botanical materials and specialist products. 

The workshop also includes a little information booklet to take home, a walking tour to learn how to identify dye plants and discuss responsible foraging, take-home seeds to start planting your own dye-producing garden, and refreshments (drinks and sweet treats!)

Not to mention...

January 29, 2019

HOW happy does everyone look with their new-found drawing skills at our last Crafternoon?

Fuelled by carrot cake, bliss balls, oreo truffles and fresh fruit, we learnt to draw a variety of leaf shapes, then leaf clusters and lots of flowers and blooms. Then we combined them into shapes like circles, wreaths and letters, or got a bit creative with stencils for really unique pieces of art. Using only simple materials; pencils, pens, paint and paper, we had a really relaxing crafty evening!

Everyone I think surprised themselves with their abilities, since the illustrative style we were aiming for was genuinely SO SIMPLE but effective. We had flowers which started with 'kidney beans' and 'coffee bean' shapes, 'squiggly circles' and plenty of lines and dots. From roses and tulips to hydrangeas, bottlebrush and daisies, we learnt to draw a variety of flowers, with people adding their own flair and creating their own blossoms too.

Everyone left with a lovely piece of art they had creat...

January 18, 2019

We've been excited for this workshop since October, when the lovely Bec from Meraki Nest and I bonded by her divine caravan at Dunkeld's Three Peaks Festival.

Surrounded by macrame, hand-poured soaps, feathers, carved spoons and handmade creations to delight every boho babe and boho bloke around, a plan was formed. 

Bec is travelling up from her new-ish home of Woolsthorpe to collaborate for this one-off Crafternoon, making beautiful cuttlefish wall hangings in the adorable converted train station; Off The Rails Dunkeld.

Bec moved from Melbourne and bought a cute church in Woolsthorpe which is now her studio and workshop space. Aside from running workshops there, Bec also takes her lovely caravan to events across the South West.  

Bec has been working with cuttlefish bone since being inspired on a camping trip to Killarney Beach near Port Fairy 4 years ago and playing with different designs ever since. Under her guidance, we'll use beads, twine, found cuttlefi...

January 3, 2019

So long 2018... HELLO 2019 and a whole new year of awesome Crafternoons!

We've had a ripper year of workshops, including awesome afternoons and evenings getting to grips with:

- Wool Spinning and Dyeing

Wood-fired Pizzas (that counts as crafting, right?)

- Kombucha

- Jasmine Mansbridge-inspired Paintings

- Felted Flowers

- Crochet Bowls

- Leather Feather Earrings

- Cocktails (that totally counts as a craft too)

- Watercolour Floral Paintings

- & Personalised Baubles!

We're kicking off a brand new year with a pretty simple, but simply pretty workshop learning some basic botanical illustration techniques. Even if you've never drawn a flower or a leaf before in your life, and feel about as comfortable wielding a coloured pencil as you do holding a wand, you will absolutely be able to nail this workshop! 

We will learn to draw some simple flowers, leaves and botanical elements, and combine them to fill an invisible outline of a letter or a shape of your choice. Whether it's the first initia...

December 18, 2018

This year's My Crafternoons Christmas Party was an absolute corker!

17 lovely women, a friendly dog and gorgeous baby took over Pierrepoint Winery and Cellar Door just outside of Hamilton for an afternoon surrounded by all things craft, Christmas and sparkles!

Everyone made 6 embellished, filled and painted baubles for gifts or for their own tree, and the breadth of the creativity was just awesome.

Some were monochrome with illustrated details, some spray painted or filled with glitter and sparkles, one was painted to look like a reindeer, others were filled with rosemary and faux-snow, embellished with flowers, lace and ribbons, rustic with feathers and twine... the breadth of creations was mind-blowing!

I was on hand in case people needed guidance (the tassel tutorial may come in handy for workshops next year) but everyone had creative freedom to use the plethora of craft supplies I'd collard any way they wanted to. We had stamps to create shapes or print messages, wool make pom-pom atta...

November 21, 2018

FINALLY TIME FOR A FESTIVE CRAFTERNOON CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!

OK I will try to contain my excitement, but needless to say I have been bursting at the seams to release details on this Crafternoon workshop, since it involves a triad of my favourite festive things:

1) Crafting - a set of 4 bespoke Christmas Baubles filled with sparkles and snow...

2) Drinking - delicious local Bubbles...

3) Michael Bublé*!

*Michael has a full calendar at this time of year so will not be able to physically join us, though we will have his Christmas back catalogue filling Pierrepoint Cellar Door with Christmas cheer, and he sends his love.

Oh ho ho YES folks, we're combining Baubles, Bubbles and Bublé at the fabulous Pierrepoint Winery and Cellar Door for this year's Christmas Crafternoon, and it's going to be DELIGHTFUL.

The lovely folks at Pierrepoint are building us a cheese-based grazing table (it's Christmas, there has to be cheese) and everyone who books in will receive a free drink on arrival. Their s...

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