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Thank you…

Thanks to The Leopard Anchor for the photo

… for making our handmade christmas Crafty Pint such a wonderful day.  When we planned our 2011 programme, we thought we’d like to make the December event a bit special.  We thought wouldn’t it be amazing to try and fill the entire Tram & Social with people making their christmas presents, but as it was our first christmas at the Tram, we had no idea if we could pull it off.

On the day, we were just blown away by everyone that joined in and your enthusiasm for creating a handmade Christmas.  So many of you came, lots of lovely familiar faces and new crafty pinters too, in the end well over 100 of you filled every table and chair in the Tooting Tram and Social as you stitched, stamped, painted, glued, shrank and beaded hundreds of fabulous christmas gifts.

Glittering Shards mosaic workshop

Collaged canvases with Amelia Critchlow

Shrinky jewellery with Stars n' Scars

Printing wrapping paper with Fabric Nation

Ceramic mugs were painted, vintage buttons were sorted into charm bracelets, glittering glass tiles were arranged into mosaic picture frames, cards and wrapping paper were designed and printed, textiles were sewn and stuffed into toys and brooches, plastic was drawn, cut and shrunk into fabulous necklaces and memories and loves were pasted into handcrafted collaged canvases. Take a peek at our facebook page for more photos of all the fabulous things everyone made.

Button charm bracelets with LouLou Workshop

Ceramic painting with Caragh Buxton

Stitching with Sew Together

All of this took place in the glorious Tooting Tram and Social where much strawberry beer, wine and homemade cakes were consumed!

Kat's Cakes

We loved how you embraced the idea of making your own locally produced gifts and decorations.  And we were really excited at seeing so many of you trying out several of the workshops, coming away with beautiful and diverse collections of handmade gifts, and watching each corner of the Tram & Social fill with all your creations.

Thanks to The Leopard Anchor for this photo.

Thanks to Huggie Does Homespun for the photo

Finally, we enjoyed our last hour, as paints and glue, pliers and scissors were packed away, calm descended, and you enjoyed our screening of Handmade Nation.  We were very pleased that so many of you stayed to view this film, and that you too found the passion for DIY crafting so inspiring.  We have an exciting programme for 2012 and look forward to seeing you during the year!

Huge thanks to our talented tutors, our fabulous hosts at Tooting Tram and Social, the generous support from Etsy UK and Kathryn for the yummy cakes.  Thanks also to our local Tooting haberdashery and craft shops, including Silkance Fabrics, Wimbledon Sewing Machine Centre, K&K Stationers and Morleys Department Store who all helped with advertising and included gifts in our goody bags, to Wandsworth Brightside and the Outer London Fund and many thanks for the support we had from UK Handmade, Mollie Makes, Time Out, SW Craft Club, Brick Box, Families SW London, Cloth Magazine and everyone that made time to blog about us.

Thanks to the Leopard Anchor for the photo

January 19, 2012 at 11:50 Leave a comment

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