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Take part in Save the Children’s race against hunger


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.


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.

May 31, 2013 at 08:29 Leave a comment

Valentine’s workshops with Crafty Pint

Feel the love with our Valentine’s themed workshops this February.  We have a soft spot for Valentine’s at Crafty Pint, but not for candlelit dinners for two!  Instead we like to celebrate our love of making and giving handmade presents to our loved ones, friends and family.  At our Valentine’s workshops you will be able to make Valentine’s themed mosaics or textiles to give, or show yourself some love and treat yourself to something to keep!

This year we have three Valentines workshops to choose from! The return of Concetta’s popular mosaic workshop at our regular Tooting Tram and Social Crafty Pint, and new evening workshops at Ben’s Canteen in Battersea/Clapham and the first of our Streatham Crafty Pint’s with Flaming Nora at The Railway.  At our evening workshops we will bring our amazing collection of vintage Valentines cards to inspire you along with our Valentine’s themed fabrics.  We will show you some easy but effective embroidery and applique techniques so you can sew your own love tokens and decorate them with beads, sequins and buttons. STOP PRESS!!  SATURDAY’S MOSAIC WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED! But don’t worry, we still have places at our evening workshops!


Choose from mosaics or textiles, afternoon or evening and take your pick from Tooting, Battersea or Clapham.  Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a place.  You are welcome to drop-in on the day, but please check our website for availability.  We can usually fit people in on the day/evening, but workshops sometimes sell out. These three-hour workshops cost £20 and include tutors and all materials and tools (and cakes at the Tooting ones!).  All our workshops are at informal sociable venues where you can also enjoy food, drink and music.  Details of each venue and times are listed below.


100_9693 Saturday 2nd February – 2pm to 5pm – Valentines mosaic workshop – Tram & Social, Tooting

Lovely Concetta from Glittering Shards returns to Crafty Pint with her amazing mosaic workshop.  She will demonstrate her magical mosaic skills and show you how to make beautiful mosaic hearts to turn into brooches, hangings, coasters and pendants. Perfect for sharing with a loved one or a treat for your self.
Tooting Tram & Social
46-48 Mitcham Road
London SW17 9NA.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREMonday 4th February – 7pm to 10pm – Love tokens – Ben’s Canteen, Battersea/Clapham
We will bring fabulous valentines fabrics, including kitsch vintage inspired prints and mexican milagro hearts designs and show you some easy and fancy embroidery techniques. Team these up with beads, sequins and embroidery to make textiles you can give, keep, frame or make into lavender bags or cards.
Ben’s Canteen
140 St Johns Hill, London SW11 1SL

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREWednesday 13th February – 7.30 to 10.30pm – Love tokens – The Railway Pub, Streatham
We will bring fabulous valentines fabrics, including kitsch vintage inspired prints and mexican milagro hearts designs and show you some easy and fancy embroidery techniques. Team these up with beads, sequins and embroidery to make textiles you can give, keep, frame or make into lavender bags or cards.
The Railway Pub
2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD



January 14, 2013 at 13:15 1 comment

Workshop line-up

We are so excited about the workshops we have planned for this year’s Xmas Crafty Pint!   We will have everything from making fabric wreaths, paper stars, fused glass coasters and tea light holders to sewing mini-toys,crocheting brooches, painting pottery, felting baubles, as well as designing shrinky and upcycled jewellery and cake decorating.  And then you can make your own cards and wrapping paper to go with them!  Our workshops are suitable for all ages and abilities and  our experienced tutors have adapted versions to suit small hands and big ideas!

Here’s a taste of all the different things you can make at this year’s Xmas Crafty Pint.  And then please do follow our blog over the next week to meet all of our tutors.

Fabric Wreaths

The wonderful Flaming Nora will be making a special guest appearance at Xmas Pint with her popular fabric wreath workshop. Pick from Nora’s stash of seasonal fabrics and buttons and learn special techniques to weave and entwine them into these fabulous fabric wreaths. Price £15

Paper Stars

Mandy will share the secrets of traditional German (Froebel) star construction and show you how to make these delightful paper stars from her collection of beautiful papers.  Perfect as ornaments to hang on your tree, in your window or use to adorn your gifts. This workshop will run from 2.30pm (after the glass workshop). Prices from £1 (small star), £2 (medium) to £3 (large).

Fused Glass Coasters and Tea Light Holders

Make your very own fused glass coasters and tea light holders. Fused glass artist Mandy Treptow will demonstrate the principles of working with Bullseye glass and the different effects that can be achieved. Choose from Mandy’s collection of brightly coloured raw glass to design and make your own glass coaster or tea light holders. Pick your favourite colours to make gorgeous designs with glass pieces, stringers (for patterns and lines) and copper foil for inclusions. There is no glass cutting involved in this workshop. Mandy will take your finished designs and fire them in her glass kiln and then return them to you by post. These will make very impressive and unique gifts, or you might want to keep them for yourself! This workshop will run in sessions at 12.30 and 1.15pm. Price £10 includes all materials, firing and postage.  Pre-booking recommended – details here.

Crochet Brooches

Meet Tania, crochet superstar! She will show you some simple crochet techniques that you can use to make sweet brooches. Young children can decorate ready made crochet flowers to create their brooches. Or use them as decorations or to make cards.

Painting Pottery

Lovely Caragh returns again this year with her pottery painting workshop.  Participants can enjoy a relaxing afternoon painting and decorating from a selection of bisque using a huge selection of colours, with Caragh on hand to offer advice and guidance about painting technique using various tools, brushes and sponges. Allow one week for the firing process and participants can arrange to collet their pottery from Caragh at her studio in Tooting or arrange to have it posted. Customers who would like their pottery posted must allow extra for P&P. Prices range from £5.00 to decorate a christmas decoration to £12 for mugs, small plates and bowls, £16 for cupcakes and £20 for a teapot.

Felting Baubles

We are very excited about seeing all the lovely things you will be making with felting supremo Carol.  Choose from jewel coloured fleeces and wools to felt beautiful baubles and then embellish with embroidery and beads. Gorgeous!

Shrinky Jewellery

Vicky Stars&Scars returns with her super-duper shrinky jewellery workshop.  Design you own necklaces and pendants and then be amazed and awed as these are transformed into fantastic jewellery. Price £5 includes shrinky sheet, necklace chain and jump rings.

Upcycled Jewellery

Grab a handful of junk trinkets and turn it into cool contemporary jewellery with local artist and up-cycler Jeni. Feast your eyes on our treasure trove of jewels and with top tips from Jeni, turn them into original necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Price £8 for a necklace and pair of earrings.

Cake Decorating

Join local baker and cake decorator Claire to discover the secrets of sugar and all things nice. Claire will show you how to use sugar paste or buttercream to ice your cakes and then how to make cute seasonal decorations for your xmas cupcakes, including reindeer, holly, santa, snowman, candy cane, penguin, polar bear.  You will take home your own set of cupcakes. Price £10 to ice and decorate half a dozen cakes and take home in a box.

Printing Totes and Tea Towels

If you are still searching for that perfect handmade gift, then design and print your own tote bag or tea towel. Join Gillian on the Mezz level to design and carve your printing block and then use this to print tote bags or tea towels. Prices from £10.

Sewing Mini Toys and Key Fobs

Stitch up sweet mini-characters to give as toys or make into key fobs. These are very cute and perfect stocking fillers. Suzanne from Sew-together will set you with all the materials and instructions you need to make these lovelies.

Printing Cards and Gift Wrap

And once you’ve made all your fabulous presents, wrap them all up in gift wrap designed and printed by you! Cut out a printing block and use it to print up your own matching set of cards, gift wrap and tags. Price £15.

Drop-in on the day!

Our workshops are available as drop-in sessions from 12noon to 6pm.  Turn up on the day and take your pick. All workshops are individually priced, just pay for what you make.

November 15, 2012 at 22:12 1 comment

Win a copy of Inspired London!

If you pre-book your £5 entrance ticket, you will win a Crafty Pint lucky bag, and will be entered into our prize draw for a copy of Inspired London.  Inspired:London is the newest publication from the lovely people at We Make London, providing you with a beautiful guide to the treasure trove of London design talent.  The book even includes Crafty Pint tutor Caragh Buxton who is running our ceramic painting workshop.

This competition is now closed.  You can still turn up to Crafty Pint on the day and choose your workshops. And don’t worry if you missed out on this competition, we have another on the day to win a copy of Material World.

October 26, 2012 at 10:31 1 comment

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