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INDIE BIZ OF THE MONTH! We love... Cloud Craft June 24 2019

Indie Biz of the Month! CLOUD CRAFT 
Here at The Make Arcade we love supporting other small independent businesses and happy to support ‘community over competition’.  Indie Biz of the month is here to showcase another small creative business each month so we hope you enjoy reading about Cloud Craft, an online treasure trove of modern embroidery supplies and kits for those who love making!
    
Cloud Craft was set up 7 years ago by Nicole Twena.  She started with a small stock of 100% wool felt and an Etsy shop and has now expanded Cloud Craft into its own website www.cloudcraft.co.uk, which stocks (among other things) lots of threads, fabrics and tools for hand stitching, as well as a range of gorgeous kits from indie designers.
    
Like many small businesses, the idea for Cloud Craft was borne of a need for a better work life balance and a yearning for a more creative career path. Happily, the creativity is definitely flowing over on Instagram where Cloud Craft enjoys a worldwide audience of over 16k followers!
    
Cloud Craft is planning a free summer stitch along on Instagram which will include videos of more basic stitches for beginners as well as more advanced techniques - make sure you get involved at https://www.instagram.com/cloud.craft/
Nicole has also offered all our customers a cheeky little discount code which is valid until the end of June. Just enter TMA10 at the checkout when you visit www.cloudcraft.co.uk
Happy Making!

Dinky Felt Pots! June 02 2015

I have been going mad for storage and tidying at the moment - think these two things come together nicely and have been making fabric storage baskets for sewing and craft equipment. I discovered a new interfacing (more to come on that another day!) which is A-MA-ZING and when combined with fabric makes the most perfect baskets.

Whilst on the tidying mission I found some little bits of gorgeous wool felt so made a few mini pots to keep desk bits organised - these would be perfect for jewellery too. If you fancy having a go at a little mini make*... read on!

D I N K Y  Felt Storage Pots!

You will need: Thick Felt (100% wool is wonderfully thick, but a thick acrylic felt is fine too!), embroidery floss, needle, scissors, ruler.

1// Take your felt and cut it into a 10 x 12cm rectangle. Using your ruler cut a 2.5 x 2.5cm square from each of the corners.

2// Thread your needle, knot the end. Pinch one of the squares so that the opposite edges come together to create a corner. Push the needle through the inside edge so that the knot is on the inside of the pot.

3// Use little stitches to join the edges together. You could use a decorative blanket or cross stitch in a nice contrast thread maybe?

4// When you get to the edge do a couple of stitches over the top edge and tie off. Repeat for all corners.

Fill with all your bits and bobs! Check out these neon paperclips - yum!

*if you came to our 'Round Patchwork Cushion' workshop on 2nd June you will have the bits for this in your crafty goodie bag - enjoy your make!

Happy Making!

Ruth x


Sewing with Oilcloth workshop! June 02 2015

There is so much nice Oilcloth style fabric around at the moment I really wanted to do a workshop using it this year - the first one in March sold out as soon as it was launched and the follow up last weekend was also very popular and sold out as soon as I published the pictures of the first. You guys were keen! The workshop took place in the Gallery space of Fisherton Mill in Salisbury and we could take in the Charlotte Moreton exhibit whilst sewing - well worth a look if you are local!

Oilcloth can be a tricky fabric to work with and is probably more commonly used as a table covering. Look beyond the dried on Weetabix on your own table cloths and there are wondrous things to be made! Traditionally Oilcloth is a wax coated material, and the name is now applied to more generic materials that have a PVC coating on a woven underside. In the workshop I discussed the ways you can sew the fabric and what additional sewing equipment you may need - all provided on a hand out. 

We started the workshop discussing how the bag is constructed then got stuck right in to cutting and sewing. The workshop participants were given the opportunity to combine the oilcloth with heavier weight, interfaced fabrics.

'Walking Feet' were fitted to the sewing machines - a must when sewing with PVC coated fabrics - these are a great little addition to your sewing kit!

Here are some photos of the beautiful bags that were made (there were talks of mass production for a school fundraiser) and some small tissue pockets were made with all the offcuts! 

 

Everyone getting creative!

Love the dark blue print in the lining of this one (LOOK at that gorgeous floor at FM!)

The one on the left used a printed canvas as the top section

The base of this bag had a linen base which we strengthened with firm interfacing

Love the red bases on these - very summery (whenever that may come!) 

This is a great little workshop which I love to teach - watch this space for another date coming up in the summer, possibly incorporating zips!

Happy Sewing!

Ruth x

 


Cute Flag Cake Toppers! May 23 2015

Whats not to like about excessive amounts of decoration - sweet or otherwise - on a cake! Makes everyday (I am sure i am not the only one to enjoy cake everyday!) cake pitstops a party! These are so simple to make and they can be made with bits and bobs that you have at home*

You will need: Cocktail sticks, nice papers (you could do plain ones and write/stamp on them or use the papers given away with craft mags), scissors, gluestick. Optional: Ruler and pencil.

1. Cut out strips of paper approx 7x2cm from your paper. Mark out the with pencil/ruler if you need too!

2. Fold the strips in half as shown....

3. Unfold and put glue all over the back of the strip.

4. Put a tip of the cocktail stick along the fold, with the tip not quite to one edge, and the fold up. Smooth down and make sure its stuck. 

5. Using scissors cut out a shallow 'V' shape from the ends... Make cakes and stab them in! We quite like a big cake with lots all dotted over the top. Great for simple decoration or personalising your cakes!

*If you attended our Oilcloth workshop on Saturday 23rd May all the materials you need were in your crafty goodie bag so you can get cracking (and baking!).

Have a great weekend!

R x


Make + Do! Pom Pom Pin Cushion! March 10 2015

My own personal sewing kit is such a mis-mash. Jars of threads, vintage sewing paraphernalia and pins and needles everywhere! I do love to make a pin cushion if it takes my fancy (we have a very fun watermelon kit in our shop!) and they are a great way of using up beautiful scraps and will organise those wayward pins! 

This is an easy peasy guide to making a Pom Pom Pin Cushion... read on!

You will need:

2 x squares of fabric (10cm x 10cm)

4 x Felt balls (ours are felt and you can get them from this great felt and craft ware supplier)

Needle and thread

Stuffing material (use a old fibre cushion or toy filling)

Scissors and Pins

optional: Sewing Machine

1. Pin your squares with their right sides together and sew (machine or hand) around the edge with a 1cm seam. You will need finish approx 4cm before where you started so that you leave a gap. Clip the corners off the square - carful not to cut through your stitching!

2. Turn the square inside out and push the corners out so that they are nice and pointing - a chopstick or knitting needle works perfectly. Take a needle and thread and stitch on your felt balls to each corner. Start from the inside so that the knot on your thread is inside the cushion.

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3. Stuff the cushion full of stuffing until its nice and plump. Push it into the corners and give it a squish to make sure the stuffing is even. Using small stitches sew the gap shut.

One cute pin cushion. Why not make one and box it up with some pins and haberdashery bits for a sewing themed present!?

Happy Sewing!


Make + Do! Colour Block Brooches! February 26 2015

I love brooches. Any kind, fabric, vintage, sparkly - you name it and i've probably fashioned a brooch out of it. They are really great little makes, and make a quirky statement... Here is a little tutorial on how to use up scraps from your felt stash and make a textured, cute and colourful brooch.

  

You will need: 

Felt scraps - as many colours as you like, I like to use clashing ones

Wooden shape - I get mine from Ebay or sometimes here (this one is a 5cm heart)

Strong glue - I LOVE, love, love GemTac. You can get it from Fabricland or online. Its super strong and dries clear. I especially love that its designed to stick on rhinestones and diamante to dance wear(!)

Brooch pin - get from most haberdasheries 

Paintbrush or Glue spreader 

Scissors - small and sharp preferably!

1// Pick the colours of felt you would like to use. Cut into thin strips with nice straight cuts. Make sure when positioned together they have enough area to cover the wooden shape with an overlap.

 

2// Put glue all over one side of the brooch - don't be too generous as it can seep through the felt.

3// Lay the felt strips one by one over the glue, butting up the next colour against the piece you have stuck down. Make sure they overlap the edges of the wooden shape.

4// Turn the brooch over and trim off all the excess - get it nice and neat.

5// Put some glue on the brooch pin and stick it on the back, leave for a few hours to dry.

Put it on your coat and add a pop of colour on your Parka!!!

R x

P.S if you are in Salisbury on Sunday 1st March we will be making these on our stall at the Salisbury Artisan Market - stop by and make one for only £2!