July workshops

We have all sorts of crafty treats lined up for out July workshops, from mosaics at Ben’s Canteen to saucy summer postcards at the Gorringe Park and needle felting at The Railway.  Take your pick from our crafty offerings from our talented local artists and designers and just drop me an email to book up an afternoon or evening of creative fun. These three-hour workshops costs just £20 and include tuition, examples, inspiration and lots of materials to choose from.  We go out of our way to make sure you have lots of choice so you can play and experiment with a range of materials that you may not have access to at home.  We ensure our groups don’t get to big, and always have enough tutors to provide one-to-one help as well as group demonstrations. Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint if you want to reserve a place, further details of all the workshops are below.

Monday 1st July 7pm to 10pm – Mosaic Making – Ben’s Canteen, Clapham

Lovely mosaic artist Concetta Perot will be showing us the beauty of broken glass and pottery and transforming these into tiles and wall hangings.  Concetta’s work is very much in demand and her classes are often booked up, so we are are very lucky to have her join us at Ben’s Canteen for our Monday evening workshop. Concetta will demonstrate mosaic skills and show you how to make your tiles into coasters and hanging decorations. Get some inspiration from our last workshop with Concetta.

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Ben’s Canteen, is on St John’s Hill, just a hop and skip up the road from Clapham Junction.  Ben is a big fan of Etsy and all things handmade, reflected in the decor of his very lovely cafe-bar serving delicious coffee, yummy food, and a decadent range of gin!
Ben’s Canteen

140 St John’s Hill

London SW11 1SL

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Train to Clapham Junction or one of the many buses that stop on St. John’s Hill, including the 37, 39, 87, 156, 170 or 337.

Saturday 6th July 2pm-5pm – Saucy summer postcards –  Gorringe Park Pub, Tooting
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Join Flaming Nora for an afternoon of saucy stitchery at our regular Tooting workshops!  We all know them, we titter at them, we all love them, now’s your chance to make  your own Saucy Seaside postcards.  Spend the afternoon mixing up collages of fabrics, trims and papers to make some old fashioned summery postcards.  They are fun to make and will have you sniggering all day long!  We will bring our collection of spots, stripes and vintage fabrics and trims as well as a selection of seaside images for you to choose from. Make one or a set! Send them to your friends or frame a cheeky pair for your wall.  Jane is an amazingly talented seam mistress, she makes costumes for west end theatre productions as well as her own fabulous creations.  She will have lots of nifty techniques and skills to share at this perfect summer workshop.

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The Gorringe Park is a beautiful, welcoming pub next to Tooting rail station and just a short walk or quick bus ride from Tooting Broadway. They serve a fab menu ranging from British tapas to yummy desserts and have lots of light, space and even a garden and a cinema. Ed and Josh have been very welcoming and are very keen to make the Gorringe Park community pub with lots of events for Tooting people to enjoy.

Gorringe Park Pub

29 London Road, Tooting SW17 9HW

Next to Tooting rail station or 44, 77, 264, 270, 280, 355 buses from Tooting Broadway.

Wednesday 10th July – Needle Felting with Carol – The Railway Pub, Streatham

Discover the delights of felting with Carol Grantham . Carol’s feltmaking workshops are fun and popular and we are very pleased that she is returning to Crafty Pint with a fabulous new needle felting workshop (you can see photos of Carol’s last workshop here). Carol will show you all you need to know to make your own needle felted garden birds, sharing her skills and knowledge of this lovely textile art. You can also make little felted brooches to wear.  We have lots of fun ideas to choose from on the summer garden theme from snails to ladybirds!

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Carol will bring natural fleeces in an array of different colours and demonstrate basic and decorative needle felting  techniques as well as how to transform your felt into a small sculptured piece or brooch.  You can see what we made at Carol’s last workshops here! Perfect for beginners, or for those who have tried wet felting before and fancy learning something new. We have lots of wonderful colours for you to choose from…

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 The Railway

2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD

Opposite Streatham Common Station.

And don’t forget our special Make your own Fete for Streatham Festival at the Railway on Saturday 13th July from 11am until 3pm.

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June 14, 2013 at 09:51 Leave a comment

Make your own fete!

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Crafty Pint and The Railway bring you a summer fête with a huge dose of crafty and a side show of make do and mend. We will be taking over the pub garden and transforming it into a crafty hub of fun and creativity.

At our summer fête with twist, we invite you to spend an afternoon creating, making and up-cycling with Streatham’s talented artists and designers. Learn something new at our creative workshops, dress-up in our glamour booth with your own handmade accessories, make mini outfits for your toy pets and then take part in the Best in Show Parade. Create vegetable sculptures, win prizes in our crafty tombola, and many more handmade shenanigans from felting and stitching to stamping and printing!  All ages are welcome to come and join in and make your own fête!

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This event is part of the Streatham Festival and co-incides with the Lane & Vale Carnival and The Railway pub farmers market. The carnival parade will feature the famous Giant Mechanical Elephant, The Binbots, Bollywood Brass Band, Vintage Cars, and much more! A lively high energy carnival parade will depart Streatham Common at 10:30am with a second parade departing Streatham Vale at 12 noon. After the carnival and fete, take a stroll up Greyhound Lane to join the Streatham Festival on Streatham Common for a glamorous afternoon of dancing, tea and fun.

Jane has made a beautiful banner for The Railway Pub, well worth dropping in for a preview of what we will have on offer.

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Join us on Saturday 13th July for an afternoon of crafty fun.  There is no need to book, there will be lots of activities to choose from and all workshops are drop in.  Workshops will mainly be low prices, including many free activities.  Please do email Gillian at Crafty Pint If you would like more information.

Make your own fete

Saturday 13th July, from 11am until 3pm

The Railway, 2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD, opposite Streatham Common Station.

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Take part in Save the Children’s race against hunger

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At our  Crafty Pint at the Railway Pub on 12th June, we are very proud to be hosting an evening with Save the Children and the Craftivist Collective’s I’m a Piece project.  This special evening will take place during the run up to the UK  hosting the 2013 G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland on 17 – 18 June 2013.  World leaders could provide the necessary funding to transform the lives of millions of children affected by malnutrition.  Despite enormous progress in other areas – such as a halving in the number of child deaths over the last two decades – malnutrition still affects millions of children around the world.  Save the Children have been campaigning to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger.  Chronically malnourished children are on average nearly 20% less literate than those who have a nutritious diet.  Not having a nutritious diet can severely impair a child’s ability to read and write a simple sentence and answer basic maths questions correctly – regardless of the amount and quality of schooling they have received.  Save the Children Chief Executive Justin Forsyth explains: “… poor nutrition is capable of seriously damaging a child’s life chances before he or she even sets foot in a classroom.”

One campaign to raise awareness of child hunger has been I’m a Piece.  Over 700 people have hand stitched jigsaw pieces with messages to MPs asking them to work towards reducing world hunger. You can read more about I’m a Piece here and here.

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I’m a Piece is the result of an amazing collaboration between the Craftivist Collective, Save the Children and the craft community and is touring the UK to support Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign.  This is what they say about the project..

“Life is like a puzzle, it all seems a mess but when it gets finished it looks brilliant. This project aims to show that we are all connected and our actions make a difference. There is no one solution to the problem of injustice but we can all play a part in a movement for change. We are supporting Save the Children because, as well as being a conscious consumer, this is a vital time to effect long-term change through campaigning and meeting your MP. We can’t miss this opportunity.”

Save The Children/Craftivist Installation evening at The Peoples History Museum Manchester.

Join us on Wednesday 12th June to see this very beautiful and moving collection of hand stitched jigsaw pieces, hear more about the project and craft activism and stitch you own jigsaw piece to add to I’m a Piece.  If you would like to make a jigsaw piece to bring on the night, you can download a template here and follow the instructions here. Otherwise, come along in the evening and we will provide everything you need to make your own jigsaw piece and message.  There is no need to book, but if you would like me to reserve you a table, please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a table or seat.

I’m a Piece Workshop

Wednesday 12th June, from 7.30pm.

The Railway, 2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD, opposite Streatham Common Station.

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Crafty Pint Workshops in June…

In June we have two extra dates for our popular Upcycled Jewellery Workshop with Jeni in Tooting and Clapham / Battersea.  And a very special evening planned with the Craftivist’s and Save the Children’s #imapiece project which will be dropping into Streatham on their tour of the UK.

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Our upcycled jewellery workshop will take place on Saturday 1st June in at the Gorringe Park Pub in Tooting, and on Monday 3rd June at Ben’s Canteen in Clapham/Battersea.
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At this workshop, you can make earrings, bracelets, necklaces or brooches from our amazing collection of discarded jewels.  Silver plated earring hooks, chains and various stringing materials will be provided as well as our stash of pre-loved jewellery, beads and findings.  You will leave the workshop having made something from nothing!  You can even bring along your own unused and broken jewellery if you want, to make something particularly personal and cool. For inspiration have a look at what everyone  made at our previous upcycled jewellery workshops.

The workshops cost £20 and all materials and tutors are included.  We will provide tons of materials to choose from as well as lots of one-to-one help and demonstrations. Places will be limited to ensure lots of one to one help is on hand.  Suitable for beginners, no experience needed!  Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a place.

Saturday 1st June 2pm – 5pm

Gorringe Park Pub

29 London Road, Tooting SW17 9HW

Next to Tooting rail station or 44, 77, 264, 270, 280, 355 buses from Tooting Broadway.

Monday 3rd June 7pm – 10pm

Ben’s Canteen

140 St John’s Hill

London SW11 1SL

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Train to Clapham Junction or one of the many buses that stop on St. John’s Hill, including the 37, 39, 87, 156, 170 or 337.

Places can be booked via email to Gillian at Crafty Pint.

Wednesday 12th June – Craftivist Collective’s  I’m A Piece Project

We are very pleased and excited to be part of the I’m a Piece tour and will be hosting the installation with a special evening of Craftivist projects and a short talk about the project and craft activism.  People from all around have contributed over 700 hand stitched jigsaw pieces (including our own Flaming Nora!).  This evening will be a chance for your to add your own piece of the jigsaw to the project.

This amazing collaboration between the Craftivist Collective, Save the Children and the craft community is touring the UK to support Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign.  This is what they say about the project..

“Life is like a puzzle, it all seems a mess but when it gets finished it looks brilliant. This project aims to show that we are all connected and our actions make a difference. There is no one solution to the problem of injustice but we can all play a part in a movement for change. We are supporting Save the Children because, as well as being a conscious consumer, this is a vital time to effect long-term change through campaigning and meeting your MP. We can’t miss this opportunity.”

You can read more about the unveiling of I’m a Piece here and here.

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This will be a very special evening and we hope you can join us for an inspiring evening of Craftivism.  Instead of this month’s workshop fee, you are free to make a donation to Save the Children.

I’m a Piece comes to Streatham 

Wednesday 12th June  from 7.30pm.

The Railway Pub

2 Greyhound Lane, Streatham, London SW16 5SD,

opposite Streatham Common Station.

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We will be knitting this Monday!

Join the lovely, talented Alex and knit your own phone cover at Ben’s Canteen in Clapham this Monday (13th May).  These cute knitted cases are perfect projects for beginners, or for knitters with a bit more experience to learn new stitches.  Find out what you can do with simple variations of knit and purl stitches!  The finished items are  versatile enough to be used as phone or camera covers or anything else you need to keep snug in your bag.

First of all, pick your fave colours….
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Then choose one of our designs, from a simple knit stitch to more fancy rib and moss stitches.  All of these are suitable for beginners, and for more experienced knitters, we can experiment with stitches needing more skill.

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Then embellish with vintage buttons and pom poms!

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Our tutors will demonstrate how to cast on and  the basic stitches for your phone case.  We will be on hand to help you trouble shoot any problems, and you get to knit while enjoying a glass or two of Ben’s finest wines, yummy food, and meet your crafty neighbours.  Alex is a very talented fine artist who we met during Lambeth Open Studios. When she is not painting, she loves to knit, so we are very pleased to have her join us.

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These three-hour workshops costs just £20 and include tuition, examples, inspiration and lots of materials to choose from.  All materials are supplied, and knitting needles will be available to buy if you want to take them home. We go out of our way to make sure you have lots of choice so you can play and experiment with a range of materials that you may not have access to at home.  We ensure our groups don’t get to big, and always have enough tutors to provide one-to-one help as well as group demonstrations.

Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint if you want to reserve a place, or just drop in and join us on the day.

Ben’s Canteen

140 St John’s Hill

London SW11 1SL

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Train to Clapham Junction or one of the many buses that stop on St. John’s Hill, including the 37, 39, 87, 156, 170 or 337.

May 12, 2013 at 15:48 Leave a comment

It’s a Wandleful Life, Sat 11th May Southside 2-5pm

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Due to bad weather, our Wandle themed printing workshop will now take place inside the Southside Shopping Centre, opposite TKMax. We will be there from 2pm until 5pm.  Huge thanks to Southside, Wandsworth Arts and Brick Box for making it all happen!

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We are so excited about our next printing workshop tomorrow!  This is the last in our series of special workshops commissioned for Wandsworth Arts Festival, so do come down and have a go at screen printing and discover the secrets of the Wandle River!

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May 10, 2013 at 19:09 1 comment

Crafty Pint workshops for May!

We have some fabulous workshops lined up for May, including knitting phone covers with Alex and upcycled jewellery with Jeni and our Wandsworth Festival workshops.

Upcycled jewellery with Jeni – 8th May at The Railway

Our super popular upcycled Jewellery Workshop returns to Crafty Pint for it’s first outing in Streatham! We will be turning unloved and broken trinkets into fabulous jewellery with talented local upcycler and artist, Jeni Walker who ran our sell out workshop at last years Xmas Pint.
At this workshop, we will make earrings, a bracelet, a necklace or a brooch from our amazing collection of discarded jewels.  Silver plated earring hooks and various stringing materials will be provided as well as our stash of pre-loved jewellery, beads and findings.  You will leave the workshop having made something from nothing!  You can even bring along your own unused and broken jewellery if you want, to make something particularly personal and cool. For inspiration have a look at what everyone  made at our last upcycled jewellery workshop.

The workshops cost £20 and all materials and tutors are included.  We will provide tons of materials to choose from as well as lots of one-to-one help and demonstrations. Places will be limited to ensure lots of one to one help is on hand.  Suitable for beginners, no experience needed!  Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a place.

Upcycled Jewellery Workshop

Wednesday 8th May, from 7.30pm.

The Railway, 2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD, opposite Streatham Common Station.

These workshops are very popular, so we have added some extra June dates at our other venues as well!  So if you can’t make Wednesday’s workshop, you came along to Crafty Pint at the Gorringe Park in Tooting or Ben’s Canteen in Clapham / Battersea.

EXTRA DATES!!

Upcycled Jewellery Workshops in JUNE

Saturday 1st June 2pm – 5pm

Gorringe Park Pub

29 London Road, Tooting SW17 9HW

Next to Tooting rail station or 44, 77, 264, 270, 280, 355 buses from Tooting Broadway.

Monday 3rd June 7pm – 10pm

Ben’s Canteen

140 St John’s Hill

London SW11 1SL

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Train to Clapham Junction or one of the many buses that stop on St. John’s Hill, including the 37, 39, 87, 156, 170 or 337.

Places can be booked via email to Gillian at Crafty Pint.

Monday 13th May 7pm – Knit a phone cover – Ben’s Canteen

Join talented south London artist Alex who will share her love of knitting with you.  Alex has devised some simple yet effective knitting patterns so you can knit a cute cover for your phone.  Learn to knit and protect your phone from bumps and knocks with a super cool, but snug knitted cover. This workshop is suitable for all abilities.  Alex will show you the basics of knitting and provide one-to-one trouble shooting.

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Monday 13th May 7pm – 10pm

Ben’s Canteen

140 St John’s Hill

London SW11 1SL

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Train to Clapham Junction or one of the many buses that stop on St. John’s Hill, including the 37, 39, 87, 156, 170 or 337.

Places are £20 and include all materials and can be booked via email to Gillian at Crafty Pint.

And the last in our series of Wandsworth Arts printing workshops is on saturday 11th May.

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