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Bunyip Craft, an update: week 1

It’s been a week since I sat down to share the news that Bunyip Craft was on the move. It’s been an incredible rollercoaster of a week, with tears and smiles, cake and support from all over the world and lovely, lovely comments and suggestions. I’ve had a piece on Devon Live and been on Radio Exe. I feel held together by the care, compassion and belief of so many people; friends, customers, family and people I’ve never met. Sometimes all your hard work is repaid in kindness.

The strong possibility that we’re not going to find a retail space to move into is slowly dawning, I was hoping something would instantly jump out of the bag, but it hasn’t happened so far. Please keep spreading the word for us.

Really genuinely lovely people have offered to share space with us, with so many different concepts that my business brain has been spinning. I’ve been offered workshop space, party space, a couple of bespoke jewellery range possibilities, those DIY craft pub nights are most definitely going to happen, I’m not the first person to think of the shared makers space and have some of the bigger influences of the arts community on my side.

I’ve been out and about: looking at trading estate office spaces, community spaces, searching about in Topsham, out of the way city shops, city centre offices and more. I have a list of the possible spaces, with pros and cons on each, none are exactly right, though some are very close. I’ve come to a few more realisations; I need to be in cycling distance of my kids school, the main change for us as a family, is that my husband is going to be working full time, so I need to be able to do school pick up and don’t want to get in the car everyday. If we do take on office space, while we wait for a retail opportunity to come our way, then it’s going to be much easier if it’s on the University side of town. I need to be able to store all my stock, paperwork and shopfit, so the office space can’t be tiny. I want to carry on doing parties and workshops, whether out of the office space or from some of the other spaces I’ve been offered, I’d like to be able to do ‘open days’ from any space we take so that customers can still come and see us and the stock before they buy.

I’m petrified of not having the day to day footfall and spend of customers. I really want to hold on to my wonderful staff, and will need to pay for any space we take on, so will need to carry on taking a decent sum each week. Can I do that from only my online sales?, will anyone want to take my crafty kits and jewellery wholesale? Can I have some time off before I start the next adventure, to get my head together and allow some creative freedom? It’s beginning to look like I need the cheapest yet biggest office space I can afford, which isn’t much to ask…

Meanwhile, Bunyip is still running as brilliantly as ever, the Sale has started on lots of end of lines so come in and grab them while stocks last, I will keep on adding more as time goes on. I’ll keep you updated on any further developments in the land of Bunyip Craft.

Enjoy the sunshine, we are!

 

 

 

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Autumn Workshop Selection

Hello!

We’ve just scheduled in our  craft classes for the next quarter (which takes us up to October…scary) and we’ve got some new additions in the mix, as well as our favourites from the summer schedule. More info on all of these below – enjoy!

Returning: Learn Embroidery with Zenbroidery

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Possibly our favourite class from the last batch, Zenbroidery is essentially colouring in with thread! Come and spend 2.5 hours with Mattie, learning all sorts of lovely hand embroidery stitches and filling in your design of choice.

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New! Jewellery Making with Beads & Chain

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One of the techniques we’re loving in the shop lately is working with wire, beads and chain to make a whole host of different jewellery. The variation of pieces you can make is brilliant, and in this workshop we’ll be exploring all the options while learning the techniques you need to make wonderful necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

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New! Sew a Pin Cushion & Needle Case

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We wanted to mix up our sewing courses a bit, so thought pin cushion & needle case would be a great place to start. Suitable for all ages, and perfect for beginners (pros welcome too!), we’ll be whipping up both of these sewing essentials for you to organise your stash with when you get home.

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Returning: Make a Knotty Bracelet

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Mattie confessed that this workshop is returning mainly because it’s her favourite to teach! In this class you’ll learn how to make very lovely knotty bracelets, with beads and without. It’s the kind of technique which is so much simpler when you’ve seen someone do it in real life!

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New! Patchwork: Make a Clutch

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Our other new sewing class, in this session we’ll be learning very basic patchwork techniques and piecing fabric together to make a fold over clutch bag! I had a wonderful time making my sample for this class, and it’s a lot of fun choosing your co-ordinating fabrics and sewing it all together. Beginner’s are welcome, as always!

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Returning: Beginner’s Sewing (Cushion Cover)

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One of my favourite sewing classes, this workshop is absolutely perfect for those not used to using a sewing machine who want to get going! We’ll choose our fabric, learn about pattern cutting, threading the machine and achieving basic stitches, and end up with a beautiful cushion cover at the end of the class.

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Returning: Beginner’s Jewellery Making

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In our classic workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get you started in your jewellery making journey. Starting with necklaces and bracelets, and moving on to earrings and wirework, you’ll go home full of knowledge and with several finished pieces of jewellery.

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Brand New! Special Seasonal Workshops

Alongside our business shake up that we talked about last time, we’ve also decided it was time to hit refresh on our workshop schedule! We want to offer classes on a seasonal basis, allowing us to teach the things we’re most excited about for the 3 months ahead. Here’s everything you need to know about our wonderful choice of 7 new workshops – click on each one individually to check out the dates and times available:

Learn Embroidery with Zenbroidery

We picked up these kits (very over excitedly, as usual) at our trade show in Birmingham.

In essence, this is ‘colouring in with thread’ – we have 6 beautiful designs printed on to plain white fabric, which you can then embellish in any way and frame up as they are or then make into something awesome. In this workshop, we’ll be adorning these with a whole host of hand embroidery stitches that you’ll learn along the way. Once you’ve given it a go, I think hand embroidery is one of the most rewarding and relaxing types of craft – just imagine having this in your home, ready to pick up and stitch into every time you need a moment of peace.

Learn to Make Earrings

Earring making is one of the most gratifying types of jewellery making – there’s huge variety in what you can make with just a few beads and the basic skill set!

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Although this class will cover everything you know to make all sorts of earring designs, we’re really excited to show you how to make dangly chain & star charm earrings with one of our favourite new metal charms. We’ll cover all sorts of techniques, and get you used to working with all 3 types of jewellery plier. This workshop will be totally suitable for everyone, from beginners to professionals looking for a bit of new design inspiration.

Create and Sew with Felt

This class will give you a chance to come in a play with one of our favourite pieces of equipment: our Sizzix Big Shot.

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Come and have a go with our great selection of dies (tools for cutting shapes out of felt easily) – we’ve got everything from owls to ice cream to hearts & stars. What happens next is then up to you! We’ll have all sorts of ideas and inspiration to throw at you, and all the craft equipment you need to make it happen. You could potentially make a beautiful mobile, a heart garland, a hand embellished camera shaped plushie – there’s tons of choice when it comes to felt. This class is ideal for stretching your imagination and spending a couple of hours seeing what you can come up with with this ever versatile craft material.

Make a Knotty Bracelet

We’re often being asked for hints and tips when it comes to macrame in the shop, and so this class is a great  chance to brush up on your knowledge of knotting techniques.

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We’ll be teaching one of our favourite designs, a bracelet made from knotting and beads and a button clasp. There will also be the chance to learn how to make an ever useful sliding knot fastening, as seen on our knotty bracelet kits. The great thing about this workshop is that knotting is one of the trickiest things to learn without having somebody show you, so a couple of hours spent being taught it in person will do the world of good for your at home ventures!

Small Beads, Tassels & Charms: Make a Necklace and Bracelet

I really don’t think it’s any shock at this point to tell you that we love tiny tassels…it’s all I can do to avoid making every single social media post about them.

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We’re allowing ourselves time to celebrate that love in this class – a session of making with pretty seed beads, awesome charms and yes: tiny tassels. YAY. You’ll go home with a necklace and a bracelet, and all the skills you need to make a million more of these to give to loved ones. Expect extreme enthusiasm and awesome jewellery creations.

Paper Piecing Patchwork

I wrote a blog post recently about my ventures into patchwork, in particular the traditional technique of paper piecing.

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I enjoyed learning about it so much that we thought it seemed like a wonderful idea for a workshop – the kind of skill that can bring you hours and hours of sewing happiness. We’ll go through everything you need to know, from cutting out your shapes to hand sewing to how to piece them together, through to ideas of what to make with your piece once you’re finished with it. Imagine making a quilt made up of all your favourite, most special fabrics…dreamy.

Sew a Mini Purse

In this workshop we’ll be making a mini purse, covering all sorts of basic sewing techniques that will get you on your feet with crafting.

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You’ll be able to choose from a beautiful selection of fabrics, and enjoy learning a project that’ll make a perfect gift for birthday’s & Christmas and all in between. This class will as always, be entirely suitable for sewing beginners, but will also provide enjoyment to those more experienced crafters with the urge to learn a new project!

All of these workshops are £25 per person, and we need to you book in advance with a £10 deposit so we can secure your place. If you fancy giving any of these a go, you can book via the website, over the phone on 01392 437377 or in the shop. The cost covers absolutely all of your materials, and the obviously necessary tea and biscuit based refreshments.

As well as these seasonal specials, you’ll still be able to book any of our standard classes on a bespoke basis – that includes Beginner’s Jewellery Making, Finishing Techniques, Button Jewellery, Wirework, DIY Skirt Making, Cushion Cover Sewing…amongst others! Just choose a date and time, who you want to bring with you (no one is absolutely fine too!) and give us a ring or an email to see if we can teach you at that time. Easy.