Endlings – a Story Creature workshop

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The word ‘Endling’ was coined to describe the last named survivor of a family, but has now come to mean the last survivor of a species. Usually with a name, such as Martha, the last passenger Pigeon; Benjamin, the last Thylacine; and Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise. Sadly, the world we live in now is likely to be full of endlings. So, to give space for play and happier thoughts, this creative workshop is set to allow you to dive into the personal stories of endlings by making your very own, and allowing its story to be heard, before taking it home for snuggles and reassurances that even though it is the only one of its kind in existence, it will never be wanting for a friend.

endling

This workshop will teach you ways of (I would say ‘how to’, but that implies there is only one right way) making amazing creatures out of socks and gloves – themselves often lost, lonely endlings in their own right – and seriously, no advance knowledge of sewing or creating is required! All materials, teaching, and hot beverages supplied. Come along and create your own creature: tell us its name, and its story, and how it came to be an endling.

Workshop is approx 2.5 hours to include time for people to share their endling stories, and suitable for age 14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).  Tea and bikkits will be provided, and there is also a lovely cafe nextdoor if you want to get lunch. Tickets available below. Concessionary rate of £15 available to those in receipt of benefits or on a very low income, just apply the code “Martha” at the checkout 🙂

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Please note this studio space is not wheelchair accessible, sorry. I’m working on finding a space that is, so please do get in touch if you would like to be notified when that happens.

Cancellations and refunds: Cancellations more than 48hrs before an event will be refunded in full. Between 48 and 24hrs will be refunded 50% of the ticket price. Any cancellations less than 24hrs before an event will not receive a refund, unless exceptional circumstances apply. Any cancellation of the event by the organiser will return all participants a full refund.

Endlings – A Story Creature workshop

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The word ‘Endling’ was coined to describe the last named survivor of a family, but has now come to mean the last survivor of a species. Usually with a name, such as Martha, the last passenger Pigeon; Benjamin, the last Thylacine; and Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise. Sadly, the world we live in now is likely to be full of endlings. So, to give space for play and happier thoughts, this creative workshop is set to allow you to dive into the personal stories of endlings by making your very own, and allowing its story to be heard, before taking it home for snuggles and reassurances that even though it is the only one of its kind in existence, it will never be wanting for a friend.

endling

This workshop will teach you ways of (I would say ‘how to’, but that implies there is only one right way) making amazing creatures out of socks and gloves – themselves often lost, lonely endlings in their own right – and seriously, no advance knowledge of sewing or creating is required! All materials, teaching, and hot beverages supplied. Come along and create your own creature: tell us its name, and its story, and how it came to be an endling.

Workshop is approx 2.5 hours to include time for people to share their endling stories, and suitable for age 14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).  Tea and bikkits will be provided, and there is also a lovely cafe nextdoor if you want to get lunch. Tickets available below. Concessionary rate of £15 available to those in receipt of benefits or on a very low income, just apply the code “Martha” at the checkout 🙂

*****

Please note this studio space is not wheelchair accessible, sorry. I’m working on finding a space that is, so please do get in touch if you would like to be notified when that happens.

Cancellations and refunds: Cancellations more than 48hrs before an event will be refunded in full. Between 48 and 24hrs will be refunded 50% of the ticket price. Any cancellations less than 24hrs before an event will not receive a refund, unless exceptional circumstances apply. Any cancellation of the event by the organiser will return all participants a full refund.

 

Sock Monster Workshop

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Come playful people and turn an ordinary sock into an extraordinary monster. A perfect, thoughtful and weird Christmas present, for yourself, or I suppose someone else (you can make more than one if you can’t bear to part with it). All materials provided, but you can bring your own sock if you wish!. Come and learn a fun new skill, it’s easier than you think 🙂

Suitable for age 9+, no prior sewing ability necessary.

Tea and bikkits will be provided, and there is also a lovely cafe downstairs if you want to get lunch. Tickets available below. Concessionary rate of £17 available to those in receipt of benefits or on a very low income, just apply the code “Dodo” at the checkout 🙂

Birthday parties and workshops

I think it’s time I reminded people that I do parties! That’s right, why have a boring party, when you and your friends can learn to make sock monsters instead? I can do children’s parties (generally over 9’s only, but I can be flexible, so get in touch) and grown up parties.  They’re much the same, but I’ve found the grown up parties tend to involve more wine 🙂  Also hen parties, stag parties (you know you want to), and whatever-other-parties. Parties!  I will bring all the materials, including worksheets, and remain on hand to teach and talk you through every stage of making your very own sock monster. It’s amazing fun, and your guests will love you for it.

Creativity with socks - the best party fun ever
Creativity with socks – the best party fun ever

I also run workshops, for schools, community groups, festivals, anything you like really.  I can teach monster-making, or other sewing skills, or a creative tie-in with something you’re already doing (an example of this was a ‘Make Do and Mend’ workshop I ran with a class of Y4s, to complement their studies of life on the ‘home front’ during WWII). Please see my Workshops page for further details, and/or get in touch via the contact page.

Sock-monster-making workshop at 'Festival at the Edge' storytelling festival
Sock-monster-making workshop at ‘Festival at the Edge’ storytelling festival

You can buy anything on the internet…

It’s a crazy old place isn’t it, this internet?  I’ve just put three more monsters into my Etsy.com shop,

Rainbow Sock Chicken!

and relisted a few fabric-y stitchy things too.

Rainbow ribbon coasters

You may want to go take a peek.  Tell your friends, too, I’m sure they’ll thank you.  I mean, there’s only so much LOLcats you can take in one day, even if it is a Friday.  Ooh, speaking of which, it isn’t just ANY Friday, it’s a fifth Friday – not many months have those, y’know.  So if you feel like some more stitchy fun, head on over to Mr XStitch, where they’re having a Fifth Friday Festival of Fabulousness.  Books, stitchings, and a craft swap!  I’ve already signed up for the swap, so I’m excited.

Thwarted actress. Expect hysterics.

Whatever you choose to do with your Friday, make sure it’s fun, OK?

Everybody, needs somebody…

All quiet on the creative front.  I’ve been a busy bee with Other Things, as expounded on my Disobedient Child blog, but I have finally gotten round to tidying up my storage area.  One day I’ll have a proper studio, or at least a workroom, and then I can pretend to be a Proper Artist, but until then I’ll just shuffle boxes around in the corner of my bedroom, and tell myself that putting labels on them is just as professionally fulfilling. Anyhoo, I found an awesome sock lurking in my Crate of Sockness (a bit like a Heart of Darkness.  But not very.), and after some Picky Miss Jiggery Pokery (and yes that is a technical term) it became…. this!

monster

He so happy!  He can make you so happy, too.  I have no idea what his name is; he won’t tell me.  But anyway, I can’t keep him here, I don’t even have a proper studio, so I’ve put his lovely cuddly self up for adoption.  He’s not on Etsy or Folksy yet, because of camera problems, but he really wants a new home by Christmas.  Studio not a requirement.  UPDATE: He is! He is on Etsy! Still The Nameless One, though.

How to make a sock monster

It has been brought to my attention that a fair few visitors to this site are looking not for quirky cross stitch, cuddly monsters, or how to season crocodile soup, but are in fact thirsting for the knowledge that will enable them to go away and make *their own* sock monster. Well hey, as an obsessive trawler of internet crafty how-to’s myself, let me see what I can do to help.

Without further ado, I give you:

How to make a sock monster

Warning: I am much better at showing than explaining. You may need to stretch your imagination to get much sense out of these instructions (or better still, book me to do a workshop party 🙂 See what I did there?).

OK, let’s start with this little lady, Princess Katoosh. Ain’t she a dainty?

You will need:
*Two socks – one for the body, one for arms
*Needle and thread (contrasting thread is better for seeing where you’ve stitched. Matching thread is for confident sewers and crazy people)
*Pen or chalk – for drawing where to stitch.
*Buttons, stuffing, and embroidery silk/cotton
*Imagination

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