Glasgow Craft Mafia http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog Blog of the Glasgow Craft Mafia Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:00:00 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6.2 en And now we are 32 http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2009/02/and-now-we-are-32/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2009/02/and-now-we-are-32/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2009 20:07:01 +0000 t-boo http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=370 The Glasgow Craft Mafia just got bigger! We welcomed two new members through the door last month. Say hello to Deepfired and Sarey Poppins.

You can read all about them in the members section.

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The Craft Mafia Social! http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2009/02/the-craft-mafia-social/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2009/02/the-craft-mafia-social/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2009 17:50:53 +0000 Clare Nicolson http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=365 Coo-ee! The first Mafia social of 2009 is a comin’

Join us for crafty fun, have some dinner, everyone’s welcome! x

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Crafting through the credit crunch http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2009/01/crafting-through-the-credit-crunch/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2009/01/crafting-through-the-credit-crunch/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:02:17 +0000 girlindustries http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=363 It seems that the economic downturn is in full flow, high street stores are closing down all around us, and everyone is watching their pennies.  Crafting can be an expensive business, but fear not, Glasgow Craft Mafia is on hand with some hints and tips.

  1. plunder your stash

Round up all your crafty materials, those buttons you forgot you had, that supply of zips that weren’t quite what you were expecting when you hit ‘buy now’ on eBay, the odds and ends of yarn left over from finished projects, and offcuts of fabrics that you were saving ‘just in case’.  Have a good long stare at them over a cup of something warm, and surprise yourself at what you can make.

  1. swap supplies with like-minded folk

Check out the supply swap section of the Glasgow Craft Mafia forum, or get together with your crafty pals and arrange a ‘bring and swap’ evening.  You and your friends could even collaborate on a group project.

  1. sign up to freecycle.org

You can often find crafting materials and equipment being offered for free via your local freecycle group.  You need to register with Yahoo to join up, and it’s good form to offer something you no longer need before you agree to take items off other folks’ hands.  Created to keep unwanted, but still useful, items out of landfill, you can often find people offering wool, fabric and sewing machines that they no longer need.

  1. think about upcycling

Upcycling is the step between reusing and recycling – it’s taking something you have, repurposing it and making it even better than it used to be.  Like my tweed cushion, that used to be a skirt, or the throw my friend Russ made out of (well-washed) beer towels rescued from his aunt’s pub.  You can use scraps of yarn, wool and waste paper in card-making, collage and mixed media art, or make a duvet cover out of those band t-shirts you’d cringe to wear in public, but can’t bear to throw away.

  1. join us at a Glasgow Craft Mafia event

Join us at a market or social, we don’t charge entry fees and we welcome everyone with an interest in craft, no matter how much you have to spend at the stalls.  We’ll also be starting up tutorials this year, where you can learn new skills from Craft Mafiosi, or join in with crafts you’ve always taken an interest in.  Drop in and say hello, we’d love to meet you! 

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Country Crafting! is here! Get involved! http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2009/01/country-crafting-is-here-get-involved/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2009/01/country-crafting-is-here-get-involved/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2009 20:58:02 +0000 Clare Nicolson http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=357 Hoot! Hoot! Country Crafting! is finally here!

Country Crafting! is a brand new monthly event run by Clare Nicolson (that’s me!) and friends that takes place on the 1st Sunday of every month alongside Fuzzy Felt Folk at Macsorleys Music Bar, Glasgow.

Have you ever wanted to embroider the face of Hank Williams onto a pretty cushion for your mama?

Have you ever tried to grow a beard but can’t get it quite right? Why not knit your own!

Have you ever wanted to sit in the pub all day colouring in pretty pictures?

Um…Country Crafting! can help you make all these things and lots more. There’ll be monthly projects, drawing competitions and special handmade prizes all set to a hand picked selection of country music from Fuzzy Felt Folk’s vintage vault and contemporary catalogue.



We’re launching on Sunday 1st February and will be crafting up a storm at the Fuzzy Felt Folk 2nd birthday party featuring Schnapps and The Invisible Republic.

Every month there’ll be very special things to make and do like…

Knit your own beard!
Country superstar sock puppets!
Keep it in the lines colouring in!
Country cross stitch!

Come down to Macsorleys on the 1st Sunday of every month and get involved! Entry is FREE! There will be very special crafty classes that you can take part in for a small fee, very special crafty kits you can buy to take home and try yourself, or you can just sit back with a couple of beers, try some colouring in and enjoy the Fuzzy Felt Folk country catalogue!

See you in February! x

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Meet The Mafia - Rosie’s Retro Styling http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/meet-the-mafia-rosies-retro-styling/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/meet-the-mafia-rosies-retro-styling/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:00:18 +0000 t-boo http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=346 This week we have a natter with one of our newer members, Rosie.

Why did you start in business/crafting?

I have been making things from when I was a child, starting off with jumpers for my brother’s Action Man and clothes for my dolls, and started selling things I made about 30 years ago when I was an undergraduate - so quite a long time, although never as a formal business. I started Rosie’s Retro Styling about two years ago as after many years of not crafting, the spirit moved me and I rediscovered the joys of making and selling.

How did you come up with your crafty name?

Rosie is my name of course and my business is about re-working vintage components, and it is also a nod to a fantastic and sadly missed shop in London that I used to frequent in the 1980s called Practical Styling.
Is your glass half full or half empty?

Half full most of the time.
What is your favourite thing that costs nothing?

My cat, the 10 year old handsome Jaspar, although there are obviously costs in food etc, but overall, relatively economical.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Amongst my various collections of fabrics, buttons, magazines, books etc but much of it just evolves as it goes along.

Top 5 desert-island essentials?

Partner, friends, books, friends, Jaspar.

What is the ugliest most pitiful thing you’ve ever made?

In the 1980s I used to knit jumpers to commission, and I am sure there were some bad items then, but luckily I can’t recall them all individually.

What have you made that you’re most proud of?

I do tapestry now and again, although it is not yet part of Rosie’s Retro Styling. About 15 years ago I managed to work out a very complex Kaffe Fassett flower tapestry design just by looking at (obviously for a long time) and then made it as a tapestry. It saved much money and still looks pretty, if a bit chintzy.

What’s so great about Glasgow?

The size and variety, architecture, the buzz, the people, its in Scotland !

Favourite biscuit?

Boasters.

What crafts do you still want to learn?

Lace-making would be good, although don’t think my eyesight could cope with it.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Reading the papers, pottering about, doing crafts, watching a film, eating nice food etc.

What do you do in your day-to-day life, other than being a mafioso?

I am a senior manager in the NHS in sexual health services.

What is your favourite crafting tool?

Knitting needles probably.

What are your plans for the future?

Seize the day and make the best of everything.

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Meet The Mafia - Carrot Coriander http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/meet-the-mafia-carrot-coriander/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/meet-the-mafia-carrot-coriander/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 07:00:58 +0000 t-boo http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=348 This week we chat to Julie of Carrot Coriander.

Why did you start in business/crafting?

I’ve always been making things for people; I used to make all my friends cards for Valentines Day. The my obsession with buying craft things begin to take over my room so thought I would be best to sell my items other wise I was at risk of becoming trapped under it all.

How did you come up with your crafty name?

My name came from my favourite type of soup nothing more exciting that soup.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

I’m a half empty kind of girl, and if you’re going to the bar ill have another please.

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What is your favourite thing that costs nothing?

Shell and broken glass that you find washed up on the beach.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

All around me, my jewellery is just items I would wear, and my other items are just random thoughts that become an obsession that become an item.

Earrings

Top 5 desert-island essentials?

Sun Lotion so I don’t burn

A friend so I don’t get lonely or go mad

A flag so I can lay claim to the island

A wooden hut to call home

A large pointy stick because everyone needs a large pointy stick

Button Ring

What is the ugliest most pitiful thing you’ve ever made?

I tried to make cardboard furniture last year, I cut the cardboard slotted it all together and was well impressed, then sat on it and it collapsed. The cat liked the cardboard though so at least someone was happy. (There are pictures if you really want to see)

What have you made that you’re most proud of?

I made a skirt out of a pillowcase I’m mega happy with that.

What’s so great about Glasgow?

Its only 45 minutes from sunny Gourock

Favourite biscuit?

Chocolate Digestives, or Rich Tea Fingers – Is a jaffa cake a cake or a biscuit?

Charm Bracelet

What crafts do you still want to learn?

I really really want to learn to crochet, and id love to cross-stitch as well, I’m willing for any one to teach me ether, ill pay in biscuits!

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Waking up and the boats being cancelled so I cant get to work, heading back to bed getting up at a normal hour and sitting in my PJs all day watching Greys Anatomy on Sky plus (no adverts that way).

What do you do in your day-to-day life, other than being a mafioso?

I’m an Occupational Therapist in Dunoon and I also take brownie guides. Don’t bother asking what an Occupational Therapist is just Google it.

What is your favourite crafting tool?

My pliers and my drill, its red and new.

What are your plans for the future?

Id love to open a Teashop in the future and sell all sorts of teas and cakes. Also it would sell handmade items and previously loved books.

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Winter Markets Weekender http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/winter-markets-weekender/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/winter-markets-weekender/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2008 07:00:29 +0000 t-boo http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=295 Winter market Flyer Front

We have a big weekend coming up for you! Not one but two markets at mafia haunts Hillhead Library and Mono. Stuck for ideas for Crimble presents? Fed up of the crowds on Sauchiehall Street and hearing Slade on repeat in every shop?  Well, get yourself out to the cosy handmade haven that is our Winter Market.

On Saturday we’re compact but bijou in the small hall upstairs at Hillhead Library. Joining us from 10.30am to 4.00pm will be:

T-Boo
Clare Nicolson
Stella My Star
The Curious Swift
Merulapie
Gutsy Chocolate
Librarian Barbarian
Showpony
annelouise
Rosie’s Retro Styling
Hannah Zakari

On Sunday we’re keeping cosy at Mono from 1pm to 6pm with the following crafters and makers: 

T-Boo
Clare Nicolson
Madness of Many
Rosie’s Retro Styling
Art by Neil Slorance
The Curious Swift
Miso Funky
Stella My Star
Librarian Barbarian
Weird Wild Dog
CU CU and Luce Knits
Merulapie
Asking For Trouble
Natural Unnatural
Gutsy Chocolate

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Get Festive! With the Glasgow Craft Mafia http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/get-festive-with-the-glasgow-craft-mafia/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/get-festive-with-the-glasgow-craft-mafia/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2008 21:23:01 +0000 Clare Nicolson http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=350

Yeah, you heard us, come get festive! Throw on your finest tinsel, perhaps even a santa hat and head over to WEST, Templeton Building in Glasgow Green from 6pm, Thursday 11th December for our Christmas social. Thinking about joining the Mafia? Then stop by to meet us! We’re awfully friendly so don’t be shy now…. Thinking about just having a bit of festive fun? Well then get yourself down here to see how us crafty folk like to have a jolly old time!

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Made in the Shade 3 http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/made-in-the-shade-3/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/made-in-the-shade-3/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2008 22:35:31 +0000 Marceline http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=342

It’s the return of Made In The Shade with a whole weekend of indie shopping at The Lighthouse in Glasgow this Saturday and Sunday (6th/7th December). Showcasing the work of over 60 designers and makers, the Made In The Shade Festive Shopping Weekender encourages customers to relish in the delights of the handmade one-off and the vintage find.

There are also festive treats on offer including a set from local choir The Parsonage and free Christmas gifts for the first shoppers through the doors.

Amongst the many fantastic sellers you’ll find almost the entire Glasgow Craft Mafia membership so do come and say hi to:

Art by Neil Slorance
Clare Nicolson
Ding Dong Designs
Dazed Dorothy
Girl Industries
Global Guru
Pumpkinsputnik
We Are The Robots
Miso Funky
Asking For Trouble
Librarian Barbarian
Electra French
A Curious Swift
Cherryloco
Natalie Farrell
Florence Box Jewellery
Stella My Star
Suzanne Smith Design

Check us all out via our Members page or view the full list of MITS exhibitors.

See you there!

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Collins Christmas Market http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/collins-christmas-market/ http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/2008/12/collins-christmas-market/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2008 07:00:41 +0000 t-boo http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/blog/?p=340 Mafia members Annelouise, Cotton Candy Corsage, Pumpkinsputnik, Suzanne Smith, The Curious Swift and t-boo are sharing a table at this years Christmas Market at Collins. The market is open from Thursday 4th of December to Saturday 6th December.

Pop along and say hello!

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