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I have noticed recently that there have been a number of searches for “replacement needles for the Siena Mist Adorn” popping up on my stats.

If you have a Siena Mist Adorn and are looking for replacement needles, I can supply you with information as to how you may find them in your local area.  If you have no local supplier, I can arrange for a mail order sale!

If you are in either the Wodonga or Wagga Wagga areas around the times of the forthcoming CraftAlive shows, you can purchase replacement needle packs directly from me at these shows.

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Have you been part of a gift exchange in your craft group?  Perhaps you have signed up for a Christmas swap over the internet?  Perhaps you exchange small birthday gifts with your friends at you local Stitch and Bitch group.

Over the years I have been involved in all these scenarios and have often thought I would like something just a little different that wasn’t too expensive as part of my gift to my friend.

I found this little basket at the recent Dubbo CraftAlive – the labels appealed to me as most people who know me realise I am a little twisted! Perhaps these would make a good gift for one of your friends!

At each CraftAlive show, I conduct a series of hands on workshops as well as demonstrations alongside those presented by the various stallholders.

Over the past couple of years I have been delighted to have had the opportunity to share the fun of working with the Siena Adorn Needlefelting machine and encouraging show visitors to try their hand at making  postcards using this great little machine.

 

Del and her first postcard

There have been many “postcard” students over the past couple of years who have discovered how quick and easy these cards are to make and how much pleasure they can bring to the recipients.

In preparation for this year’s shows, I thought I would make up some other items using the Siena Adorn to make needle felt…..and I have incorporated the use of a warm water washaway also available from the Siena Adorn Creative Products range.

This is a sneak peek at just one of the items that will be on show at Dubbo CraftAlive in a couple of weeks time!

Needle felted tiny treasure box

Needle felted from merino, silk, kid mohair and silk throwsters waste on Siena Warm Water Washaway.  Embellished with hand dyed emu feathers, assorted beads and ribbon.

 

CraftAlive kicks off early this year with a return to Dubbo NSW for the first time

in nearly 10 years. 

Dubbo CraftAlive will be held in the Dubbo Civic Centre

from Friday March 4 to Sunday March 6 2011.

 

I will be continuing to organise and conduct workshops and demonstrations during the course of the show and look forward to meeting both new friends and familiar faces in the Crafter’s Workshop Cafe.

Craft Alive now has its own blog!  All the latest news and information regarding each of the upcoming shows can be found here, plus daily reports of the happenings at the show.

Workshops and demonstration timetables, stallholder lists, location maps for the shows and other information can be found just by checking out http://craftalive.wordpress.com

Be sure to have a look at what is upcoming for the next show to be held in Griffith, NSW, from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th June!

This week sees the first of the Craft Alive shows for 2010 opening in Bendigo.  It has been some time since Craft Alive has been held in Bendigo and visitors will be sure to notice that the show has a fresh new look.

Come along to the All Seasons Convention Centre on McIvor Highway, Bendigo on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and check it out for yourself!

If you are interested in attending hands on workshops or demonstrations, the Crafter’s Cafe programme is detailed here.

CraftAlive in Wagga is over for another year and by all accounts, it was a great success.  Numbers through the door were far more than last year and I hope all our visitors found something to tempt them.

Local craft groups were well represented – Riverina Woodworkers, Linden Patchwork and Needlework group, Wagga Machine Knitters, Wagga Potters Group and CWA all mounted great displays and demonstrations of their crafts.

Many of the stallholders have made their way straight to Canberra and are recuperating and repacking in preparation for the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair which opens on Thursday at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Maybe I will see you there as I will be demonstrating for Scrapmatts once again. Andrew tells me there are some brand new designs in the chipboard range being launched at this show so pop round and have a look.

Scrapmatts Handbag design ATC

Scrapmatts Handbag design ATC

Th first day of Wagga Craft Alive is over and I am resting my sore feet – I really need to go shopping for some new shoes with lovely supportive inner soles!

The workshop programme was in full swing today with Elizabeth from Aussie Patches, Kerry from Beadshack and Barbie from Fiddlesticks all with students enjoying the classes on offer.  I had time for taking some photographs of the classes in session.

The show continues over the weekend and there are plenty of interesting on site demonstrations in fabric painting, jewellry making, lace and fabric dyeing, pottery, woodwork, leatherwork and knitting just to name a few.  There are a range of classes in which you can learn new skills, polish old ones or just have a good time!

Wodonga Craft Alive has just finished and I am now back home.  This year the show moved to a new venue at Catholic College Wodonga.  It appears that all our visitors loved it – warm, friendly and an inviting atmosphere saw many people return every day to enjoy what the show had to offer.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to introduce some of our crafters of the future to the delights of making postcards and stitchery.

Stitch Me a Rainbow

Stitch Me a Rainbow

These two lovely young ladies are both 12 – they had a great time mastering the sewing machine and completing their postcards.  One plans to send hers to family in the UK and the other to a relative in Queensland. I’m sure their families will be delighted to receive these original cards from the girls.

Not all of us are skilled at sewing and there are many who are in fear and trembling when confronted by the electronic marvels that masquerade as sewing machines these days.  When Helen tried to sell the idea of making a card to her friend Doreen; Doreen’s first reaction was “I don’t do sewing machines!”

Helen prevailed and they each selected their favourite colours and sat down to make the cards.

Helen satin stitching the edge of her card

Helen satin stitching the edge of her card

From the instructor’s perspective, Doreen made the ideal student – she was not fazed by anything!  As soon as I had shown her how to do something, she was off!  For a supposed non-sewer, she was fantastic.

Doreen's first postcard.

Doreen's first postcard.

Helen has decided she will make more and took away some extra packs of supplies with her at the end of the day (she had more than one favorite colour – this way she didn’t miss out!)

Helen's pink card

Helen's pink card

It’s always great to catch up with students I have taught in the past and this year was no exception.  Another of our young crafters, Hannah, was back again this year and it was hand embroidery that she decided to try out this time. Helen and Patty also decided it was time for some hand stitching and out came the needles and thread.  The “Little Miss Dot” design seemed to be the favourite design on offer.little_miss_dot_2

My challenge for the weekend was how to help devise a method for teaching someone who was blind how to knit.  The query came from a lady at the show who had a blind friend she was teaching to knit – how could we help her to stop  dropping stitches?  That tested the grey matter a bit – but between us we devised a solution based on how she held the needles and using feel in your thumb to control and count the stitches as they came off the left hand needle. It seemed to work!

A couple of the cards made by visitors to the Crafter's Cafe at Griffith Craft Alive

A couple of the cards made by visitors to the Crafter's Cafe at Griffith Craft Alive

The first Craft Alive show for the year is now over – what a great weekend we had!

It was wonderful to catch up with crafty friends I hadn’t seen for a year as well as having the chance to meet new people.  The new workshop format caught many visitors and stallholders by surprise – they were expecting food and drink to be served here! We did have bright pink ‘glasses’ of lollies on the tables for the students but that was all!

The Crafter’s Cafe gave visitors the opportunity for one on one instruction in patchwork, beading, crochet, knitting and stitchery with Elizabeth from Aussie Patches, Kerry from Beadshack, local crafty whiz Jo and myself.

Stitchery designs from Ella and Skysie

Stitchery designs from Ella and Skysie

Looking forward to the next Craft Alive to be held at the new venue of Catholic  College Wodonga in a few weeks time!

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