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The lucky residents of Bethnal Green are about to have a wonderful new cornershop open up on a busy street corner. But this isn’t yet another Tesco’s Metro, although it looks just as well stocked – everything on sale in this shop has been handmade, by Lucy, out of felt. The project has been 7 months in the making and throws open its doors to the public today at 6pm.
To see Lucy Sparrow’s Cornershop blog click here.
This is exactly what a rainy day like today calls for, I could spend hours scrutinizing the photos, writing a mental shopping list of things to fill my cupboards with from this crafty corner shop. But not only is Lucy’s imaginative, immersive installation open for business daily until the end of the month, it will also be host to 12 workshops aimed at bringing together various local groups. In her blog Lucy tells us that the workshops will provide an opportunity for a shared making experience and discussion around the steady disappearance of cornershops all over the country.
I was interested to read that Lucy had secured part of her funding using Kickstarter. Now, I know I have spoken to a couple of people about Kickstarter recently, I have totally forgotten who exactly but you know who you are! The link to her Kickstarter proposal is here.
The time for fundraising is over now, but it is still an interesting read and explains a lot about her motivation for starting the project in the first place.
If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter then today is a good time to have a look at that too.There are loads of innovative people out there who would be doing such interesting things if only they had a bit of cash to help them get started. As you will see Lucy Sparrow far exceeded her £2,000 target, as did the guy looking for $10 to make a potato salad (which I notice is closing in two hours). I’m still slightly kicking myself that we didn’t pledge for this one
But hey, while I’ve been writing this post the sun has come out so it’s not all bad!
Hope the sun is shining where you are, if it isn’t I hope you’ve got everything you need for a blanket fort.
So in the same week that I wrote my first guest post I find myself posting my first video tutorial. It’s not perfect but I’m really pleased with it. I couldn’t wait to finish typing up the instructions to go alongside these photos before posting my video but they are on their way very soon.
Click here to go to youtube:
Once again thanks to the internet I find myself saying “OK, this wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but…” I don’t think I can ever have claimed to make felt until I have a go at this!
I’ve been spinning and spinning the time turner I was given for my birthday but I can’t manage to create even one extra hour in my day. Back to elbow grease and self discipline I guess! I’ve been feeling a little flat about all the felt making and social media madness recently, I’ve been working hard and don’t seem to have much to show for it. So today I am focusing on the successes.
I finished my first round of eggs this morning and I’m pretty pleased with them. These eggs have taken a little longer to hatch than I had hoped but I now have a clutch of about 40 done. Some of these sets will be gifts for family and friends, but I hope to get some on etsy and maybe find one or two fairs to take them to before Easter.
Usually I get all of my tops from World of Wool. Their roving is just gorgeous, lush colours and great to work with. This time though I used a bag of Merino tops from Wingham Wool Works. A friend recommended them to me as she had used them on a felt making course and I have to agree that they are equally as lovely to felt with and good value too. I love these pastel shades (not a phrase you can expect from me often), pics of the vivid brighter shades to come when I have finished the next batch.
While we are on the subject of Easter gifts I am also in the process of making thislittle guy as an Easter hunt jackpot prize. Depending how long he takes I might make a few.
A good productive day all round….and that’s not all I’ve done today but you’ll get to see the rest in good time…..
Whether your lantern has just started to soften and sag, or your cat has mistaken it for a comfy sleeping spot, the following steps will restore your lantern to its former glory.
hand hot water
a tea towel/ drying rack
If I haven’t made the process clear, or you’ve tried this and think I’ve missed something out please let me know, I’m only to happy to help and am always on the look out for new hints and tips!
Pictures coming soon!