Wow, can you believe it? Another *pinch and punch* – it’s March already! Last month I shared a round-up of some of the craft and design events coming up in London. I thought I’d continue the tradition, and give a little heads up of some of the cool events coming up this month, so you don’t miss out!
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show – 3-6 March, London Olympia
Now, I’ve never been to the Knitting & Stitching Show before but I was lucky enough to win tickets to this year’s Spring Show at London Olympia in the @CraftBlogClub #CBCGiveaway.
Established over 20 years ago, the show runs from 3rd – 6th March 2016, and is one of the most highly regarded knitting and craft shows in London. Featuring over 200 crafty exhibitors, and over 200 interactive workshops, the fair is the definitive event for anyone with a love of stitch and crafts.
I’ll be going on the Sunday with my sister (never fear, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day on the Saturday). I’ve left it too late to pre-book the workshops, but you can book on the day. Adults tickets cost £13 p/day, plus extra for workshops ranging from learning to knit, crochet, sew or quilt.
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London – 10-13 March
I went to the Affordable Art Fair for the first time last year, and loved it! Held in Battersea Park, the fair showcases the original artwork of 1,000+ artists, from over 100 local and international galleries.
As well as being a gallery (you can wander around with a glass of prosecco), the added perk is that all of the artwork is available to buy at ‘affordable’ prices, ranging from £100 to £5,000.
With a range of styles on offer, there really is something for everyone, even if you’re not quite up to purchasing. Tickets cost up to £15, depending on the day of the week, and it’s a great day out!
Easter Egg Marbling at Drink, Shop & Do – 21st March, from 7pm
As usual, there are some cracking workshops coming up at Drink, Shop & Do near King’s Cross this month, from Easter egg marbling, to knitting necklaces with I Make Knots. Much like their annual pumpkin carving event, the Easter egg marbling is free when you buy a drink (not a hardship!).
I’ve decorated eggs before, but I thought it would be fun to gather some friends and do it together. We’ll be prepping the egg (blowing out the goo), and then dipping and dabbing to our heart’s content.
Another fun one is a Tye Dye Workshop (£15, 6.15 – 7.45pm / 8 – 9.30pm) on 29th March which is run by the lovely girls at The New Craft House, whose craft kit launch party I went to last year. They’ll show you a handful of tye dye techniques before letting you loose on your own T-shirt.
Lastly, if you spotted my DIY Paper Marbling event write-up last week, you might want to get yourself down to Pup Tart London’s next workshop on 28th March (£15 from 7pm). You won’t regret it!
Wild Life Drawing: Easter Bunnies at Somerset House – Friday 25th March
The last event that I wanted to share with you is new to me (I’ve never been), but it looked to cute to miss out – how can anyone turn down drawing Easter bunnies on Good Friday?!
Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference. Instead of life models, the subjects are real animals, ranging from owls, birds of prey, chameleons, and, in this instance, Easter bunnies!
Open to all from beginners to advanced artists and illustrators, the classes aim to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation through creativity.
At this special Easter drawing event for families, you’ll get the chance to meet and draw different species of bunny, including Lion Head rabbits, a plush Lop Eared, and a Rex rabbit. There will also be some guinea pigs thrown in for good measure, with all drawing materials provided.
The class will involve a short talk from the animal handlers before attendees (adults and children) are led through a series of fun drawing exercises to start, focussing on form fur and funny ears. Throughout the class, drawing tutor Jennie Webber will be on hand for any artistic guidance.
Tickets cost £30 (for 1 adult and 1 child), and can be booked via the Somerset House website. Money from tickets sales goes towards the conservation and protection of the animals.
What are you waiting for? Get booking, and let me know how you get on =) If you know of more events, feel free to post details below in the comments. Happy March!