Last weekend I took part in The National Centre for Craft and Design‘s Keep Calm and Carry Yarn, their anual celebration of everything woolly!
I was invited to work on their yarn bomb bike. Each year they ask a designer to help them cover the bike in yarn and get the public helping too! I got the bike started and then we took it on tour to allow the public to add to it.
On the day of the event I was set up in the entrance inviting the public to add to the bike including making their own pom poms and loom flowers.
I couldn’t just leave the yarnbombing to the bike and I had to yarn bomb the centre too! So I brightened up the stairway with loom flowers!
I also really wanted to yarn bomb outside of the building and planned to put pom pom flowers in the grass and pom pom garlands about the place but the weather decided to pour with rain! So I nipped out last minute and got some planters so that I could put my flowers at the entrance to welcome people as they come in.
I really enjoyed being part of this event. I love to make people smile with my work and all day I was hearing how my pom poms and loom flowers had made people smile and brought colour to a wet and grey day.
On 24th May I am going to be taking part in The National Centre for Craft and Design’s event Keep Calm and Carry Yarn. For this I have been making lots of loom flowers and I have had several people ask how to make them so I thought I would show you guys.
You will need:
The template is just a simple cog shape. Draw a circle and draw notches along the outside, cut around and fold the notches up. Then cut a hole out of the centre. You will need to do this with some thick card or plastic so that it is strong enough to hold it’s shape when folded.
Wrap the yarn around the notches on the template. This can be done at random or in order.
Keep wrapping the yarn The more you wrap around the fuller your flower will be.
Sew over the middle section with the end strand to secure loops in place
To add detail and to ensure the loops are secure use a different coloured thread and stitch back and forth.
Once the loops are secure lift the flower off the notches and you have yourself a loom flower!
To create a loom flower garland simply make lots of flowers and tie them together through the loops with strands of yarn.
To make flowers simply glue them to a stick. You can even make two flowers and glue them either side to make the flower double sided and fuller.
I have just returned from 4 very wet days at Living Crafts at Hatfield House. I was given the opportunity to exhibit at this show through the Prince’s Trust alongside a selection of other Prince’s Trust funded business, some new and some 15 years on. Living Crafts is all about exhibiting makers and their crafts with lots doing demonstrations of their skills and workshops the public could get involved with.
“Living Crafts, the largest show of its kind in Europe, attracts thousands of visitors each day and is an event not to be missed. The range of crafts is enormous with literally hundreds of designer-makers from across the British Isles. With stunning jewellery, ceramics and art to beautiful fashions, glass and leather, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There will be a wide variety of lectures, hands-on workshops and spectacular demonstrations appealing to all ages. As a seasoned visitor or a brand new enthusiast, you can be ensured that your visit to Living Crafts will give you the best possible insight into the world of crafts.” Living Crafts
Here are some images of my display. As usual I had to create a flat pack display so that I can carry it all on the train but I did get help bringing down some of my display pieces to this show which was great!
The grounds were beautiful even if we did have to walk through wet muddy fields each day! But we did get bits of sunshine in between the rain which made the place look that much prettier
In the Prince’s Trust marque I was alongside some great talent including this lovely bunch
Miss Nova Designs
I even got to bring home very own Miss Nova Designs goodies. I got myself a peg bag and tea towel both pretty and practical! It is not a big surprise that I was drawn to the bright fresh colours.
I also got a free mug! It is Living Crafts 40th anniversary so each exhibitor was given their very own mug. I was so pleased, it is such a beautiful free gift for them to give away.
And lastly because I am a crazy cat lady I have to show you all Bunk! We house sat while at the show and looked after my brother in laws little kitten. He is so cute but also a massive ball of energy! It was lovely coming home each night after being damp and cold all day to have cuddles with Bunk. He is so hard to take photos of because he is black and never stays still!