|Source: Crafty Singapore. Finished embroidery on tiny 'mini' embroidery hoops.|
Needlework on mini hoop
by Wish I Were Stitching (two sessions, eight people per session)
In the past, women in different parts of the world were required to learn embroidery as one of the essential skills they would bring to their husband's family. It would have been a way of judging her patience, meticulousness, and eye for colour. While it may not be the same today, embroidery can offer a creative outlet, and embroidered works of art - framed, or on clothing - can be very striking.
Participants will be taught how to stitch on a miniature sized hoop* which can then be finished as a pendant or brooch. They will learn different types of embroidery stitches to achieve different effects: running, back, stem, french knots and lazy daisy stitches, and can then personalise words or images within the hoop. As a bonus, they will learn how to stitch a spider-web rose.
Wish I Were Stitching offers knitting, stitching and crochet supplies as well as lessons in Singapore.
|Source: Crafty Singapore. A representative polymer clay ice cream charm attached to a ball chain.|
Making a polymer clay ice cream charm
by Fun With ARtz (two sessions, 16 people per session)
Polymer clay is wonderful stuff. Similar to plasticine or clay, it comes in different colours and can be shaped, textured and painted to create anything the crafter can imagine. It can be used for very detailed work, and will harden permanently if 'cured' - some will cure at room temperature, while others must bake an oven. That said, there are many techniques for shaping and finishing polymer clay that are best learned from an expert.
Participants will be taught how to create a polymer clay ice cream charm from scratch, using various tools to shape and add texture to the clay. They will also be shown how to add jewellery findings to the ice cream cone so that it can be made into jewellery such as a pendant or keychain dangle.
Fun With ARtz is a Singapore-based training company specialising in arts education, particularly making miniatures. The company provides workshops for a wide range of age groups, and including team building activities for companies.
|Source: Crafty Singapore. Quilled flowers on a card together with a sun-shaped fridge magnet.|
Making a paper quilling greeting card & magnet
by PaperSplash (two sessions, eight people per session)
Quilling is a very old craft that shapes paper into rolls, pleats or folds to make delicate shapes. Spirals and curls are the most common, pasted onto card and framed, but PaperSplash has done much more with the technique.
Participants will be taught how to create both a flower bouquet greeting card and sun fridge magnet by incorporating basic quilling shapes using strips of paper and quilling tools.
PaperSplash by paper artist Bhavya Raghavendra offers quilled and cut paper art for home decorating and gifting ideas. Each artwork starts from sheets of pastel papers, hand-cut into strips, then curled, rolled, shaped and glued to achieve the desired effect. Raghavendra's work extends beyond quilling to other paper-based craft.
Etsy Craft Party 2016 - The Summer Edition will be held on 18 June 2016 from 3pm to 6.30pm at Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053.
Sign up for the workshops. There are two sessions, at 3 to 4.30pm and then from 5 to 6.30pm. Each workshop costs S$23.80 per person. All participants receive a goodie bag with curated items from sponsors. There is an Eventbrite fee of S$1.80 for each ticket sale.
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Goodman Arts Centre within walking distance of Mountbatten MRT. The nearest bus stop is #91099 along Mountbatten Road; buses 12, 14/30/30E/158/196/401 stop here. Once at Goodman Arts Centre, head to Block B Meeting Room 3 (#03-18) and Meeting Room 4 (#03-19).
Watch a video on three stitching methods for Suzhou embroidery (commentary in Mandarin Chinese)
*Embroidery hoops are tools that keep fabric taut so that it can be embroidered easily. They are available in different sizes, but are usually about the diameter of a dinner plate than small enough for a pendant or brooch.
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