Welcome to another exciting and creative year! We are very excited about our 2014 workshop programme and are looking forward to sharing this with you very soon.  We have been blown away by all the lovely creative people we have met at our Railway workshops during 2013, all the things you have made, our talented tutors and our wonderful hosts at the Railway Pub, in particular the amazing support from Shane at the Railway.  We have made fascinators, upcycled jewellery, printed bags, flags, cushions, napkins, and tea towels, woven willow, felted, embroidered and stitched, and even held a film screening and a fete! Our annual Xmas Pint went down a treat, with a evening of weaving, felting and printing xmas decorations and gifts.  We were also very proud to have taken part in the Craftivists and Save a Children I’m a Piece Project, Streatham Festival and the Railway Christmas Fair.
Exif_JPEG_PICTURE Exif_JPEG_PICTURE Exif_JPEG_PICTUREWe have been running workshops in SW London for 4 years, so we are starting this year with a little holiday.  Our 2014 programme will begin after Easter.  If you would like to be one of the first to see details of this, please join our mailing list and email Gillian at Crafty Pint.  And for younger Crafty Pinters, we now have Moocat Makers Crafty Club for Boys and Girls at the Railway Pub, starting in February.
Thanks for all your support and look forward to seeing what you make in 2014!


Xmas Pint Workshops

Our next workshops at The Railway pub will be christmas themed evenings making gifts, decorations and cards.

Wednesday 13th November from 7.30pm

Wednesday 11th December from 7.30pm

Our thee-hour workshops cost £20 and all materials and tutors are included.  We will provide tons of materials to choose from as well as lots of examples, one-to-one help and demonstrations.  Suitable for beginners, no experience needed!

Workshops take place in the Railway Pub’s new tea rooms where you can also sample delights from local bakers The Wren Sisters as well as The Railway’s menu of independent ales and wines and yummy pub meals.

Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to find out more and to reserve a place.

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


Lino Printing cushions and tea towels – Wednesday 9th October

We will be experimenting with lino prints and printing cushions and tea towels at The Railway this Wednesday 9th October from 7.30pm. Email to find out more and book a place (£20pp). Here are some pics from our last workshops for inspiration.




Make your own fete – Saturday 13th July 11am – 3pm

Crafty Pint and The Railway pub bring you a summer fête with a huge dose of crafty and a side show of make do and mend.


At our summer fête with twist, we invite you to spend an afternoon creating, making and up-cycling with local 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 toys and then take part in the toy pet parade.


Create vegetable sculptures, win prizes in our crafty tombola, and many more handmade shenanigans from felting and enamelling to stitching and printing! All ages are welcome to come and join in and make your own fête!

crafty pint flower

This event is part of the Streatham Festival and co-incides with the Lane & Vale Carnival and The Railway 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.

Seaside Sisters Bunting making 1


Workshops for Spring and Summer at The Railway.

Our regular monthly workshops are every second Wednesday evening at The Railway from 7.30pm.  As with our other workshops, we  invite local artists and designers to run a different workshop each month.  We will also have guest speakers and film screenings. The workshops will usually be around £20, and the other events and screenings will be less or free.


We are very excited about out lovely new venue. Take a peek  at this wonderful space which will be ours during our workshops…



Wednesday 12th June – Meet the Craftivists & I’m A Piece Installation

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.

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.”

People from all around have contributed over 600 hand stitched jigsaw pieces (including our own Flaming Nora!).  You can read more about the unveiling of I’m a Piece here and here.


This will be a very special evening and we hope you can join us for an inspiring evening of Craftivism.  This month’s workshop fee will be donations to Save the Children.

Wednesday 10th July – Needle Felting with Carol

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).

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Carol will show you all you need to know to make your own needle felted garden animals, sharing her skills and knowledge of this lovely textile art.


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…



Upcycled Jewellery – Wednesday 8th May – 7.30pm

At our next workshop, we will be turning unloved and broken trinkets into fabulous jewellery with talented local upcycler and artist, Jeni Walker.
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 we made at our last upcycled jewellery workshop.

Spring hats!  


Celebrate Spring with our fascinator workshop.  Make hats with Spring or Easter theme, or whatever else you fancy.  Learn how to manipulate fabrics and trims to create 3D structures for beautiful and stylish hats.  We have the very talented hat mistress Anna Jeffries joining us at The Railway.  A regular at the Railway Craft Fairs, we can’t wait to learn the secrets of hat making.

Valentines love tokens

Our first evening workshop will be the night before Valentines, so we will have a seasonally themed evening with our love token workshop!  We will bring fabulous valentines themed fabrics, including kitsch vintage inspired prints and mexican milagro hearts designs.  Team these up with beads, sequins and embroidery to make textiles you can give, keep, frame or make into lavender bags or cards.



Free launch workshop!

We are very excited to be teaming up with the wonderful Flaming Nora and  lovely people at The Railway Pub to launch Crafty Pint in Streatham.  The celebrate our first outing in Streatham, we have a free tote bag workshop this Saturday from 11am to 2pm.  You can pick from ready made silk screens to print up a bag with your favourite images from local Streatham Bridge shops.


We are very pleased to have support and encouragement from The Railway, especially as this is such a wonderful venue. Our workshop co-incides with the monthly Farmers Market, so after you’ve printed your bag, you can use it to pick up some yummy organic produce.


Support local shops!

The wonderful Streatham Bridge community has been badly affected by the closure of the bridge on Greyhound Road, so come along and support these brilliant local businesses.  I visited many of the shops to take pictures for the workshop and met lots of amazing people running unique and independent businesses, including a shoe repair shop which doubles up as museum to boxing and vintage shoe ephemera, a new beauty spa, polish delis packed to the rafters with all sorts of treats as well as the brilliantly named Doris the Florist!


Handmade Nation comes to Streatham!


Handmade Nation Film Screening – Wednesday 10th April – 7.30pm – The Railway SW16

Crafty Pint and The Railway Pub are very pleased to present a rare UK screening of Handmade Nation.   Handmade Nation documents the new wave of art, craft and design and is the feature film debut of director, author, artist and curator Faythe Levine. Levine traveled to 15 cities and covered more than 19,000 miles to interview artists, crafters, makers, curators and community members in their studios and homes, giving the public an exclusive and rarely seen look into the lives of these creative individuals and the craft revolution sweeping the nation.

Twenty-four artists from Olympia, Washington to Providence, Rhode Island, and everywhere in between show their work and discuss their lives, including papercut artist Nikki McClure and Sublime Stitching’s Jenny Hart.  Levine’s film shows how they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination, and networking and captures today’s craft world as it emerges as a synthesis of historical technique, punk culture, and the diy ethos, also influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art.

Thanks to the generous support of  The Railway, the film screening will be a free event!  And Crafty Pint will donating crafty goodies and books for a handmade raffle on the night as well!  Join us for an evening of film, drinks, popcorn, prizes and chat about what we love about the handmade movement, creating and making, and everything else in between!

If you would like to find out more or reserve a seat or table, please email Gillian at Crafty Pint. Places are free, but pre-bookings get a free entry into the raffle and popcorn!

Handmade Nation comes to Streatham

Film screening

Wednesday 10th April  from 7.30pm.

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


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