London Art & Craft Events in March

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.

Knitting & Stitching Show 2016 Shelley Makes.JPG

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

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DIY Paper Marbling with Pup Tart Handmade

Happy Sunday all! As it’s #SundayBlogShare day, I thought I’d tell you about a fun DIY paper marbling workshop I went to this week hosted by Pup Tart Handmade at Drink, Shop & Do (my favourite craft café near King’s Cross in London) – you might have seen it in my February event round-up!

This was Hannah’s first ever marbling workshop, but she was such a pro, you would never know, and we had so much fun. Marbling is actually really simple, and very therapeutic – I recommend it!

All you need to marble is:

  • Some plain paper, card or fabric that you want to ‘marble’ – you can even use gift tags!
  • A tray with deep sides (like a paint tray), or a foil roasting tin
  • A selection of marbling paint or inks in different colours (available from craft stores)
  • Bucket of cold water and a jug, or even better, a bath and a shower head
  • A size such as methocel (a very thin wall paper paste – the paint floats on top of this)
  • Skewers, toothpicks or forks (whatever is available) to make patterns
  • Newspaper (to save you ‘goo’ing everywhere)

Marbling involves transferring floating paint or ink from a ‘size’ to a material, creating a marbled effect. Hannah had pre-prepped our ‘size’ (thin wallpaper paste), so all we had to do was pick our coloured paints and one-by-one drip them into the tray, using skewers or forks to make patterns.

Paper Marbling with Pup Tart Handmade on Shelley Makes (27)

Once we were happy with the colours and pattern, we simply laid our piece of card, paper of fabric on top of the goo, starting at one corner and lowering towards the other to avoid air bubbles, and left it on the surface of the goo for a short while, allowing the paint to transfer to the paper.

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