May 21st Paper Bead Workshop

Here is the advert for my new paper bead workshop. Just a simple, basic introduction to making paper beads from alsorts of papers that you have around the house. So no expensive outlay.

During the session I will show you how to cut, roll and finish some paper beads. You will use your paper beads to make a bracelet with a clasp and charm to take home. I am really looking forward to this. And the beauty of holding my own workshops is that if they do get fully booked I will be able to hold more at later dates and times.

So please contact me if you are interested even if you can’t make the advertised date.

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My First Recycled Craft Workshop

I gave my first craft workshop last week.  I taught some lovely ladies how to make Button Bracelets with Tshirts and cord.  It was a fun evening and everyone went home with 2 completely different bracelets.  A timetable for future workshops will be on my website within the next few days, tinasragbag.co.uk.  The workshops include: Rag Wreaths, Magazine Weaving, Junkmail Bead Making, Teacup Pincushions and Milk Bottle Shoulder Bags.

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Lots of concentration going on here!

Our first bracelet was made using cord and buttons, with the help of a great tutorial on hopestudios.blogspot.co.uk, the ladies were able to finish a bracelet quite quickly, the only thing  we found was that the cord did fray quite alot, plus I hadn’t told them at the beginning to pick out the buttons with big enough holes!!!  But with the help of some wax and some needles that problem was overcome.

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Two completed bracelets

The second bracelet was my own design made with a recycled tshirt.  This way the buttons didn’t twist and you had a solid bracelet.  Whilst researching button bracelets I  found some people were making them by sewing buttons and beads onto a length of ordinary elastic.  I wanted something a little neater.  By cutting a tshirt into 1″ strips and stretching each strip into a cord, 6 of these cords were plaited together and sewn to form a bracelet.  then the buttons and beads were separately sewn on to the bracelet.

I thouroughly enjoyed hosting this workshop and I will be doing many more in the future.  Please visit my website for pricing and booking.

Also I have finally found some time to complete a Viking Knit Bracelet made using the recycled copper wire that my lovely partner has spent hours and hours stripping for me.  It was so easy to make but took a bit more time to add the closure etc.  I made a tool out of an old crochet hook and a bit of thick board to begin the loops.  It has had a lot of admirers and I will be making some more to sell on my website.

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My very first Viking Knit Bracelet