Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Monthly Craft Guerrilla markets...




Don't forget that this Saturday the 30th of MAY we'll be kicking off our 2009 monthly market season!
Free cocktails after 11 am...well as they say "as long as it's cocktail time somewhere in the world!"
Free entry.
From 10 am to 5.30 pm

Beautiful Interiors garden
34 Orford Rd.
Walthamstow Village E17 9NJ
T: 020 85090039

Lots of gorgeous hand made loveliness from the talented Craft Guerrilla guys and gals.
Help support British Craft by buying direct from the designer makers!

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Knitted fry up anyone?

Kates' Café by Kate Jenkins - Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery - from 6th June until 28th June

Kates' café is the latest exhibition to be shown in The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. The Gallery is renowned for its broad spectrum of contemporary arts and in this latest show the gallery celebrates its appreciation of the cutting edge modern art scene.

Created by artist Kate Jenkins Kates' Café features a a series of beautifully knitted artworks based on a café foods. The collection, which includes meticulously re-created fish and chips, fried breakfasts on knitted plates and knitted condiments such as tomato ketchup bottles and mustard pots are all framed as original art pieces.

Cake stands will be delicately stacked with perfectly knitted cakes and crocheted sugar coated mini doughnuts complete with knitted cups and saucers

Designer Kate Jenkins launched her label Cardigan in 2003 and since then the label has become synonymous with the creation of beautiful knitted and crocheted art, fashion and accessories with an emphasis on colour, texture and innovative quirky details. Jenkins also works as a knitting consultant and has previously sold designs to a wide range of clients including Marc Jacobs, Missoni and Donna Karan

Jenkins first made her name in the art world in 2007, after creating a series of knitted artworks based on a “greasy spoon” menu. These fabulously crafted original art pieces, formed an exhibition called Comfort Food the exhibition was followed with a new body of work called Soft Smokes. Inspired by the no-smoking ban, the exhibition featured a collection of knitted cigarette packets, papers and matches with brand names including Sewn Vesta, Woolboro and Fluffy Strike. After the success of the Comfort Food exhibition Kate was approached by the Art Group publishing company to create a series of greeting cards based on the crocheted food theme and has continued to work with them on a series of other ranges.

For her summer 2008 Open House show, Jenkins created Cardigan in Bloom, an inspired celebration of nature, it turned her showroom into a magical knitted garden. The show included a limited art collection inspired by an old Victorian specimen, featuring crocheted butterflies, beetles, bees and all kinds of knitted bugs, glistening with sequins, captured in box frames and pinned to canvas. From this exhibition Jenkins was asked by Liberty of London to create a small exhibition of box framed insects which were on display in their store during August 08

She also collaborated with Jon Link and Mick Bunnage the authors of Modern Toss to produce a knitted book cover which was displayed at Ink’d Gallery as part of the Modern Toss Exhibition 'Museum of urban shitniks'

Kate's Cafe will be Jenkins first solo exhibition in London and it embraces the individuality, innovation, technical accomplishment and beauty that the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery has become loved for.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Edinburgh Craft Guerrilla

Hooray it's official, the Edinburgh Craft Guerrilla is up and running! Our sister army will host their first event on:

Wednesday the 27th of May.
"Put The needle on the record- Edinburgh" from 7 pm at the Boda Bar, Leith Walk,Edinburgh ,Scotland

Free entry. Free cake. D.i.y. craft packs and in house tutors on hand should any budding crafter need any help!

"Emma and Clare Murray are not only craft sisters but real sisters! After fighting each other with scissors and felt for years we've decided to take over Edinburgh with craft instead!
Clare is better at the fiddly little things- she's very small! Emma is better at making things from mistakes- she makes a lot of mistakes! Neither profess to be experts but some of their favourites are: silver smithing, wire French knitting, knitting, sewing and making things up from ideas. Together we make Edinburgh Craft Guerrilla! Come and join us at our launch."

Edinburgh Craft Guerrilla blog coming soon!

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Another crafty date for your diary

We're well pleased that our crafty friends "Craftaholics" are holding a fair in the Old Queens Head. We love the venue,that's the home of out afternoon Crafternoons each second Saturday of each month....hmmmm I have a feeling that we might just join forces one day!Now wouldn't that be crafty?

Here are the details:
"An afternoon of handmade craft and ethical products from designer clothing to jewellery to dolls and everything in between. There's homemade treats to nibble, booze to down and music to savour all under the roof of Islington's hippest venue. All this and much much more for FREE!!!

Keep thee eyelids peeled for further announcements....

12.00-5.00, Saturday 27th June, The Old Queen's Head, 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN "

Friday, 15 May 2009

!CANCELED! Put the needle on the record !CANCELED!

We're really sorry to say that our next D.I.Y. craft night in The Castle has been canceled for now and for the foreseeable future too!
Anyway we're getting out and about and looking for another venue so as soon as we have something lined up we'll let you all know.
In the mean while if you need your crafting fix please come down and visit us at our other events...
Tuesday 2nd of June 8pm - 11pm Swishing with the Craft Guerrilla "fancy something new" at 93 Feet East Pink Bar. A veritable cloths swaperama. The gals will be putting up the washing lines so all you recycling lovers can get some new apparel to wear on the town! We'll be on hand to help you pimp up your new outfits! Please bring along your own projects and enjoy the creative vibe in the Pink Bar. Guest DJ's, in house tutors and a fully licensed bar. Free entry. £5 cover charge to participate in the swaperama. Minimum 1 item,maximum 5. Please insure all items are in a good,clean condition.

Saturday 13th June 2pm - 5pm Craft Guerrilla Crafternoons at the Old Queens Head Essex Rd. Islington
D.i.Y. crafting Craft Guerrilla style! Join us for an afternoon delight of crafting. In house tutors, guest tutors, vintage board games, Guest DJ's, a fully licensed bar and yummy pub grub. Free entry. Small fee per craft pack. Please feel free to BYO projects.

Wednesday 16th June
6.30 pm - 9.30 pm The Make Lounge, Islington. A bimonthly event just in time for summer. Lots of lovely festival,pic-nic and outdoor fun inspired projects! Pre booking essential. Please visit the Make Lounge web site for further details.

Don't forget that we're also kicking off our summer craft markets...

The first edition is on Saturday the 30th of May at Beautiful Interiors 34 Orford Rd. Walthamstow Village E17 9NJ
From 10 am - 5.30 pm

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Crafty Creatures are back!

On the 6th June the Crafty Creatures return, with a second Crafternoon extravaganza at St George the Martyr, Borough High Street (opposite Borough Tube!). The first Crafternoon was held at Easter, and was such a massive success that the ladies have expanded to a bigger, better venue with more room for crafty fun.

"This time the theme is ‘DIY accessories’ and we’re trying our hands at magnificent monster brooches, pretty pom-poms, and recycled plastic purses. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, our crafty ladies will help you whip up some saucy cross-stitch or (for the younger crafter) finger puppet critters, while plying you with the finest array of hot drinks and home-made cakes. All you need to bring is an old t-shirt and an appetite for crafting and cupcakes."

Fabulous raffle prizes will also be on offer and live bands will strum acoustic music for your listening pleasure. With a venue that is opposite Borough tube station and a stones throw from London Bridge, a fun afternoon of craft and cake couldn’t be more convenient.

The Crafty Creatures fundraise for the charity FairPensions, who campaign for your pension to be invested responsibly and ethically. All profits will go to them – so while you’re stitching your brooch you can be happy in the knowledge you’re helping to make the world a better place. So come on down to Borough and let out your inner crafty creature!

for more info visit: www.thecraftycreatures.blogspot.com

Workshops gallore!

Afternoon Tea: Fascinators

Lisa Margreet our own fab Craft Guerrilla will be teaching a fascinator workshop at the Dreamspace Gallery in Clerkenwell on Saturday 6th June.
Limited places so book early!

"Not only will you learn the skills to make your own fascinators, but I'll also be revealing my favourite suppliers, vintage tips for authentic styling AND you get to design, make and take home your own fascinator. All for £25? Have you heard of a better bargain? And you get cake? SIGN ME UP! Oh, wait. I'm teaching it! :)"

Where? Dreamspace Gallery, 1-3 Dufferin Street, London EC1Y 8NA
When? Saturday 6th June 12-3PM
How much? £25 (includes £10 materials)


Beginners Crochet

Lisa Margreet will be teaching a beginners crochet workshop at the Dreamspace Gallery on Saturday 20th June.
"I'll teach you the basic stitches, how to make a classic granny square and you'll get all the bits you need (including the materials a demo and hands on tutor help) to make my crocheted daisy chain headband. Limited places available so book quickly!"

Where? Dreamspace Gallery, 1-3 Dufferin Street, London EC1Y 8NA
When? Saturday 20th June 12-4PM
How much? £25 (includes £10 materials)

For more info visit: www.lisamargreet.com

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

E17 D.I.Y. craft night...UPDATE

Hey boys and girls.
We know just how much you folk love the Monthly Walthamstow D.I.Y. Craft Wednesdays so we're looking into finding an alternative venue for the 20th of May.
As our usual home has changed hands and they're refreshing,cleaning and moving in this month... we won't be able to do our "Craft Thang" at the Castle! It's cool but a shame as all you lovely people (and us) were looking forward to creating a bit of crafty fun!
Fingers crossed we'll have some info soon about the new venue so please keep checking the blog. Don't forget that we have other monthly events and a new bi monthly residency at the Make Lounge in Islington.
So yes we're still at quite a few other places.We hope you can come and check them out and get your fix there instead. So for now we're at 93 feet east, The Old Queen's head,the Make lounge and we hope to be back soon at the Castle. Don't forget that we're starting our monthly craft markets on Saturday the 30th of May in Beautiful Interiors (34 Orford Rd. Walthamstow Village E17 9NJ)

Sunday, 10 May 2009

And the winner is...

Hooray,the competition is now closed and the winners chosen*!
We've taken the winning names out of our beautifully hand knitted Craft Guerrilla beret and a few lucky folk have bagged themselves a years free listing on our web site...Congratulations!!!
Sorry to those that haven't won...keep trying,you never know, one day it might just be you!
There will be other opportunities so keep checking because you know we love to give stuff away...

To check if you're a winner please see our list:
"Wear Me" Leather accessories/Leather bags
"Moxie Beauty" hand made cosmetics,perfumes and personal grooming products
"Peppermint Twist" Hand made leather purses and bags
"Blue Fish Hand made" knitted and crocheted accessories and wares
"Strikk hand knit" Knitted home wares/soft furnishings

*winning entries have been notified by email.Listings will be active form the beginning of June 2009.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Saturday "Crafternoons"

It's finally here...after months of planning our first Crafternoon is on tomorrow upstairs in the Victorian room at The Old Queen's Head Essex Rd, Islington.
We're bringing our usually crafty mischief to the good people of north London! Guest DJ's, "Guilty Pleasures" by the fab DJ duo The
Handsome Twins, vintage board games, craft packs,in house tutors should you need a helping hand and an ale or two to get even the shyest of crafters into the "make it yourself" spirit. No need to be oh sew shy shy!
Come join the creative vibe,bring your own craft projects and enjoy the company of fellow crafty creatures! From 2 pm to 5 pm. Free entry. All welcome.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Think Craft...a date to put in your diary!

Here's an event that might just tickle your crafty senses...

Saturday May 16th between 10am and 12 noon.
Guide Hall, St Thomas' Church, Prince George Ave, Oakwood (London). N14 4SN.
The good people of "Think Craft" are holding a craft market! So if you're looking for lots of hand made goodies or fancy selling your wares...read on...

"Looking for fabulous handmade gifts, crafting supplies, ingenius ideas and some friendly faces? Then just down the road from Oakwood tube station you’ll find this hidden gem of the london craft scene.
Some beautiful handmade cards you want to sell, perhaps you’ve got loads of materials you don’t use any more?

The Craft-sale is the ideal place to show off your wears. Now only £10 a table! Call 0208 123 4498
Any questions

Email or call us about any questions you may have or to book up a table.

Email: info@craft-sale.co.uk

Call: 0208 123 4498

Skype: think-craft

Sunday, 3 May 2009


Whether you're a season crafter or a complete novice we're sure you'll enjoy the creative atmosphere!
There's a plethora of events coming up and we're so excited to be hosting our first of many monthly events.

Tuesday the 5th May PINK BAR 93 Feet East Brick Lane.
A veritable evening of fun,craft and cloths swapping! Our washing line will be up and ready for all you fashionable folk to hang your unwanted apparel and once we give the go ahead you'll be able to swap for other funky wear!!! It's recycling with a twist.
We'll be on hand to teach you the basics on how to hem,applique and transform your choices into a clubbing outfit! You must bring at least one piece of clothing (accessories,shoes etc. also welcome) in good,clean condition.
Guest DJ's and the Craft Guerrilla crew will be spinning some yarn and some tunes.From 8pm to 11pm. £5 cover charge to participate in the cloths swap. Free entry.

Saturday 9th of May "Crafternoons" at the Old Queens Head Essex Road.

Join us for our first diurnal D.I.Y. craft event. Set in the upstairs room of the lush Old Queens Head pub in Islington the CG gals will be there with the usual crafty goodness. Craft packs, vintage board games, in house tutors and guest DJs.From 2 pm to 5pm. Free entry.

Wednesday 20th May "Put the needle on the record" The Castle 15 Grosvenor Rise East Walthamstow
Our monthly E17 d.i.y. craft night. Crafty pleasure in the suburbs! Craft packs, in house tutors, DJ's, vintage board games and an ale or two to get you stitching. It's a stitch and pissed kind of thing! From 8 pm to 11pm. VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED!!!! Please check back closer to the date!
Free entry.

Saturday 30th of May Craft Guerrilla monthly Craft Markets Beautiful Interiors 34 Orford Road Walthamstow Village
Summer's here and we're itching to get out in the shop garden! A selection of hand picked designer makers will be bringing quality art and craft to the good people of Walthamstow. Products range from : jewellery, perfumes and cosmetics, clothing, accessories, toys, illustrations, home wares, soft furnishings,art work and more! Come check out the handy work of the Craft Guerrilla guys and girls. Also there's a cocktail or two and some lovely home baked cakes for all you sweet folk!
Free entry.

Bimonthly residency at the Make Lounge. Next event: Wednesday 10th June 6.30 - 9.30PM
The Craft Guerrilla will be back at the Make Lounge in Islington for a summer craft night. More details including how to book tickets to follow. Please check the Make Lounge web site.

Hope to see you at some point. Have a happy spring!