Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Willow, Sewing, Handmade, Shops

I have been learning a new craft willow weaving and went to a free workshop with Ways With Willow Saturday at St Austell. They have a new shop and a workshop in the Market House. There was a market there on the first floor too and I bought pickled cucumber with lots of spices after trying some from a lady who has a small holding and just grows veg and big colourful tomatoes and makes preserves. Next to it were handmade sweets I couldn't resist a chocolate truffle, lovely. I was shown how to make these star willow patterns and had a cup of tea and a cake, yum too. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos I had brought along this weaving material that I bought cheaply at a car boot wondering if I could use it. It is cane and has to be soaked beforehand for about and hour and a half it was explained. I could bring it with me to make baskets in September when they have a basket making course. There were lovely books on weaving with willow and willow kits to buy in the shop. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Next door I noticed a sewing shop Kneedles and Pinns so had to go and peak inside. There were rows of sewing machines with an over locker a row of irons and an old vintage singer sewing machine, bits and bobs of material and seeing paraphernalia. The woman who runs it takes custom orders for clothes. You can go there and sew for an hour with the material there and the cost is £2.50. I haven't seen a shop like this before. If you like sewing and don't have a machine it is a handy place to go and meet other people who like sewing. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos There is a shop that stocks my makes it is the lovely new handmade Make Stores Ltd in Penzance Cornwall. I noticed it while visiting Penzance last week. I brought my items a week ago a few more items this week. I booked for two weeks then another week. It was great to see my bags hanging up, a blue knitted one by the door and a sunflower one near the till, my rug which looked good on a shelf and my quilt hanging up. This week Alison the lady who runs the shop, brought out a clothes dummy to the centre of the shop to display the bags I brought in. I will give it until the middle of September to see how I do. It costs £17.50 a week to rent a space. The shop is lovely and everything looks good and well displayed full with handmade items. It is a temporary shop open for two more weeks to a month. They have a lease on a shop a few doors down and are decorating it so a permanent Make shop in Penzance. I do not have a photo of the shop to show at the moment though. I have made a patchwork cushion one of my recent makes and it is on sale in the shop. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
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  1. Pop up shops are such a great idea.
    Loving the Willow Stars too.
    Heather :)

  2. Discovering new shops is so much fun. Love the willow starts. Basket weaving sounds like a fun craft.

  3. I love your willow stars. We have one someone once gave us a Christmas card and it's a lovely decoration. Good luck with your new selling venture :)

  4. What a great article. I love reading about your willow making and the handmade shop you are selling through. Hope it is going well for you.