Monday, January 30, 2012

Wakkerstroom Natural Fibre Handcraft Fair

This year, the FOURTH ANNUAL WAKKERSTROOM NATURAL FIBRE HANDCRAFT FAIR will be held on SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2012 in the Wakkerstroom NG Church Hall from 9.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. 

There will be weaving, spinning, embroidery, lace making, quilting, creative knitting, felting and much more on display with many vendors selling their natural fibre wares. Delicious homemade refreshments will be available as well as secure parking. (Entrance fee: R5.00)

In addition to the demonstrations, this year there will also be various workshops to choose from.     

For workshop requirements and bookings please phone the appropriate teacher. Numbers are limited per workshop – so PLEASE book early.

1.     Weaving with Luise Duke Tel: 082 870 4335

Workshop: DIAGONAL WEAVING A 3 hour class from 10.00am to 1.00pm  
Level: Beginner upwards 
Cost: R200.00 including weaving frame kit.

Wonderful for stash busting and much easier than you’d ever imagine – when you know how! All you need is an assortment of yarn, scissors and a wool needle.

A weaving frame kit will be provided. 

2.     Knitting (freestyle) techniques with Dana Biddle Tel:016 349 2949 / 083 268 5856 or email

Workshop:  FREE STYLE KNITTING A 3 hour class from 2.30 to 5.30pm
Level: Intermediate (must be able to cast on, pick up stitches, knit, purl, increase, decrease and cast off)
Cost R150.00

Freestyle, freeform, crazy, wild – the no rules, do as you please kind of knitting and crochet that uses up all your little bits and makes use of all sorts of other fibre techniques to create one of a kind, never to be repeated works of art.    All you need are knitting needles, a crochet hook, a darning needle, all sorts of yarn and your imagination. 
3.     Felting with Erica Cheetham Tel:011 673 4517

Workshop: BEGINNERS FELTING A 5 hour class 
Level: Beginner
Cost: R160.00 including kit

Within the 5 hours that are allocated for this course, the participants will learn the wet felting methods by making felted balls which then can be strung into a necklace,  a small bag or cell phone pouch with a strap. I shall also introduce needle felting, making a small face (doll size) of a person or an animal.

4.     Embroidery with Leonora Cloete Tel:011 764 1497 /  082 371 3433 or e-mail

Workshop 1. RIBBONS AND ROSES GREETING CARD A quick 90 minute class  
Level:  Beginner upward. 
Cost: R100.00 including kit

 This simple yet stunning card will teach you how to recreate beautiful roses, leaves, using pure silk ribbon.  And as a bonus, show how to make memorable greeting cards. Should card making not be your forte – have your beautiful design framed to hang onto a wall or have it framed to make a trinket box?  Once you have mastered the ancient art of Embroidery, the world is your oyster and the possibilities are endless. You will be taught how to make spider roses correctly, shape leaves beautifully using a 7mm wide ribbon, sew smooth satin leaf stitch leaves, do a back stitch, work with rayon, and sew on beads!

Workshop 2. SILK EMBROIDERED COAT HANGER  A 3 Hour Course 
Level:  Beginner upward.
Cost: R200.00 including kit

All too often we run out of hanging space, but still enjoy producing embroideries for us to enjoy. These delightful Coat Hangers are almost too beautiful to hang clothes over, but they will certainly brighten your special garments in your wardrobe. Need a gift for the person that has it all? This is certainly a thoughtful and meaningful gift for family and friends. The print can worked in several ways, each method adding its own charm and elegance. You are encouraged to use up threads and ribbons available in your own floss box, or be adventurous and try out new materials on the market. Allow your imagination to run free.  Suitable for all levels of embroidery.


5.     Quilting (traditional patchwork) with Irene Florence Tel: 084 747 7522

Workshop: ENGLISH PAPER PIECING A 3 hour class from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Level: Beginner (for someone who has never done patchwork.)
Cost: R120.00 including kit

English Paper piecing is a time honoured technique dating back to at least 1813. It’s a wonderful simple method for constructing intricate quilts with lots of perfectly matched points.

We will be using this method to make a little bag – a kit will be provided.

6.     Creative fibre with wools and silk with Elaine Barnard Tel:084 556 0699

Workshop: CREATIVE BEADS A 5 hour class from 9.00 to 11.00am and 12.00 to 3.00pm 
Level: All 
Cost: R220.00 including kit

 Any person with a sense of adventure is welcome. A basic knowledge of sewing is all you need. You will be taught to make a variety of exquisite fabric beads in new and innovative ways .Silk fabric, un-carded Sari silk threads and wool will also be used. These beads can be worn or used as embellishment on knitting, felting, clothing , cushions, quilts or handbags .

If you have any friends who you think will be interested, please share this info with them.
Hope to see you there.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Future Shorts Film Festival South Africa

  • The Future Shorts Festival is the first ever global pop-up festival, showcasing the most exciting short films from around the world. The festival currently takes place in 142 cities in 54 countries an
    d comprises a worldwide audience of more than half-million people, on and offline.
     Kris Biddle, Jo Theron and the guys from The Bioscope Independent Cinema are bringing the festival to Jo'burg.
     Be a part of it and Join us on the 29th Jan 2012, at The Bioscope Independent Cinema ( for an afternoon of award winning Short Films.

    Screenings will be at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm
    Details: 6 Short Films per Screening
    Running time: Approx. 180min

    Entrance is R50/person

    For more info visit:

    For those who want to make a day of it, why not head out for a morning at the Market on Main ( @ Arts on Main before joining us for show time.
286 Fox Street2094 Johannesburg, South Africa

Friday, January 13, 2012

I CAN make shoes....

..... sandals actually :)

Here's the first pair I've made using the instructions from Amanda's e-book "Sandal making for beginners" . Finding the supplies was easy and I didn't even have to go to the city,  managing to buy everything in Heidelberg, except buckles which I decided not to use.

The rubber for the soles and the leather-board for the insoles is quite difficult to cut but if you let it bend over a bit it's not so bad. The man at the shoe repair shop suggested using a craft knife but the scissors were easier and more accurate. I also added an extra little heel cut out of the sole rubber so that they are not completely flat. Instead of leather for the straps I used cotton fabric and sewed 2 pieces together for each strap to give them extra body and strength. Since there was nobody to help mark the position of the straps, the masking tape came in very handy as did clothes pegs to help squeeze them together when the soles were finally glued on.

This pair took me a couple of days to make because they were made inbetween dyeing yarn, working on magazine projects, lots of  after the holidays catch ups on the phone..... but in reality they should only take and hour or two.

I'm really pleased with this first pair, they're very comfortable and easy to walk in and I'll definately be making more.

Hurry up with the "Ballet Pumps for Beginners" Amanda, I can't wait to make some of those too!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Make your own sandals

This last week has just flown past! Nicole, my friend, has been over from London and I have been teaching her to spin yarn, make felt and dye yarn - so we've been having FUN

She arrived wearing an amazing pair of sandals - that she made herself!

They are the first pair she ever made and are constructed from recycled fabric from an old pair of denims, an old T-shirt and dress.

The instructions for the sandals can be found in an e-book called "Sandal making for Beginners" by Amanda Luisa which is available from I CAN make shoes and there is a new e-book due for release in early 2012 called "Ballet Pumps for Beginners" - I'm waiting for that one!

Amanda also presents workshops so check on her website for what, where and when.

Here are some more sandals that Nicole has made using recycled old clothes.

So People - lets all make our own sandals and shoes!