September 11, 2015
What an amazing day! arriving early meant I had the opportunity to meet a few of the makers before the public arrived en masse. My stand didn’t need much setting up, just needed more chairs & another table, 4 in all and I think 16 chairs. I met folk with 3D printers,a mosaic creator, a couple with huge structures made of crazy coloured ‘straws’. The dalek was waiting in the foyer. PCB’s, LCD’s and other things I had no idea about, slime that you make at home, tiny creations made from fimo, sewing machines, a knitting robot, a spinning wheel and a host of gadgets that you could play with.
Volunteers made sure I had all I needed, even a packed lunch appeared mid morning. These guys work their socks off.
After last years faire I came up with the idea of felting selfies, or felfies as I like to call them. Due to surgery interrupting my creative year I had to think of an alternative to making a hundred or so balls which I’ve done previously. I tried felting onto a piece of upcycled wool jumper and it worked a treat. Much less work cutting up the fabric (old jumpers) and took up much less room in my suitcase too.
So I was organised, 2 helpers were confirmed and the flood gate opened at ten, it was a slow trickle at first but then it was all hands on deck as the seats were filled and the activities began. Everyone was given the health & safety talk then they were able to create an image of themselves with wool.
Of course many went off piste, we had landscapes, seascapes, aliens, animals and anything else they felt like felting.
So, just a few images of the imaginative needle felt selfies and non selfies created with a little wool & big imaginations!
May 16, 2014
I am going to apply once again to attend the Mini maker Faire in Brighton. It will be held on 6th Sept in the Corn Exchange. My needlefelt balls are always popular and if I’m successful the theme this year will be ‘The Big Top’. I have happy memories of going to the circus so I though it would be fun to make some clowns using pre made felt balls. Last year I made 100 balls and all were duly decorated by visitors to the faire. So send in the clowns….. (and a Ring Master)
January 9, 2013
Last week en route to Brighton I spotted some cheeky pidgeons flying in and out of a broken window of an empty top floor flat. I dread to think what the interior must look like if the wildlife have taken over an empty property. Down below the people in the offices were probably unaware of the ‘squatters’ above. What a waste!
While the pidgeons were enjoying a dry and sheltered accomodation a young man and his dog had taken up residence in a doorway on North St. I wondered how long he’d been there and how he cares for himself and his pal. He looked snug, wrapped up well but where’s the justice here? Wildlife living in a flat and a man and his dog living in a doorway?
I regularly see a man in Lewes wandering around in layers on clothing, filthy dirty avoiding the stares of everyone around, muttering to himself. What’s his story?
I don’t know how I can help, I deperately wanted to help the man in North St. As for the pidgeons, well they should be evicted and the landlord should make good his property. Empty houses should not be empty.
November 16, 2012
To get you in the mood for Christmas Make-Away are hosting my popular needle felt Christmas decoration workshop.22nd November at 18 Brighton Sq. from 6-8pm
No previous experience required I supply all the ingredients for making eco friendly baubles to decorate your tree.
Either contact Make-Away direct
or through me 07845143664
November 16, 2012
Places still available at Made in Lewes, at the Needlemakers.
NEEDLE FELTED CHRISTMAS GARLAND
Wednesday 21st November from 7-9.30- £25.00 per person (2 places for £40.00)
Create your own eco friendly and unbreakable felt garland to decorate your tree or your door.
No previous experience required, suitable for all ages.
I will supply all the necessary ingredients, you bring imagination and enthusiasm!
We will be using Christmas shaped cookie cutters so if you have a special one please bring that too
Contact Jay 07845 143664
August 31, 2011
Friday is set up day for the Brighton Mini Maker Faire at the Dome. I’m really excited about this as visitors will be able to interact with the makers and learn new skills. I have enlisted the help of Sarah, one of our knitting group from Lewes so that will be helpful if I’m inundated with people wanting to make balls.
Follow the Brighton Mini Maker Faire on twitter #bmmf
and my progress #knitwit54
August 11, 2011
Will be heading for the coast on Friday 2nd to set up my ball making workshop at the Dome in Brighton. I will be demonstrating how to make an easy jingly ball and a ball from a pom pom. Frantic ball making ongoing in between natural dyeing session.
August 3, 2011
Thank you to all who sponsored me, I raised £46.00 for the Martlets Hospice and knitted ten squares, not many I know but every little helps! On August 20th the double decker bus covered in knitted squares will tour Brighton to raise awareness of the hospice. The squares will then be made into blankets and shipped out to Africa to keep AIDS victims warm and cosy.