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Take part in Make, Thrift London’s first focus groups

30 Apr

Sorry it’s been a little may have wondered why I’ve gone off the radar a bit this month? Don’t tell anyone but I’ve been busy working on some new workshops. A couple of them will be popping up in the next few weeks so watch this space! Although I’ve focused mainly on the bookbinding and decoupage card making workshops so far, I want to get the ball rolling on starting our sewing workshops and I’ve been putting together some ideas but I want to deliver workshops catered towards what people actually want to learn and make. That’s where you come in! I’ve decided to hold my first focus group at my home studio in Cricklewood NW2. (If  you follow me on Twitter I usually refer to this as Make, Thrift HQ.) It’s my little space where I’ve combined my office and crafting studio and sometimes I hold private workshops here. I really want your feedback to help me in writing up my workshops to make them exciting and useful.

Who I want to speak to:

I’m looking for a range of ages and sewing abilities. This one however, is strictly for the ladies (although there will be one catered for the guys at a later date.) Maybe you’re interested in sewing but are a complete beginner OR are currently a sewer and maybe have made a few things but are interested in taking it further for example, by learning some basic pattern cutting skills to help you understand the construction of garments or to alter existing patterns. Maybe you can sew but would like some help understanding how to do alterations. Or, have you bought a sewing machine recently (or plan to) and need help getting to grips with using it?

If any of these sound like you, I’d love you to join my focus group for a cuppa, some cake and a chat.  Depending on the interest I get, I may be screening those who apply to take part.. but don’t be put off, I’ll keep everyone’s details on file and you will be invited to a future focus group if I can’t fit you in this time round, as I want to speak to as many people as possible.

As a thank you, everyone who takes part will receive 50% off their first workshop with Make, Thrift London (valid for 3 months). I will also be looking for some people to take part in pilot workshops which I will talk more about to those who attend a focus group.

The proposed time for the focus group will be:

Tuesday 8th May 7-9pm (if you can’t make this but would like to take part please still contact me stating when you’re usually available)

Although I have allocated 2 hours, this may be less depending on how much you guys have to say but I will keep on track not to run over.

Please apply by emailing:

astitchinteatime [at] gmail [dot] com

Be sure to include:

Your name, age, your profession, the town you’re from, a sentence telling me about your sewing/pattern making experience and whether you can make the suggested date and time or your alternative availability. This date and time is subject to change depending on the response I get.

Excited to meet you and get your feedback!

Love Daisy x

P.S. If you want to keep an eye on all the latest goings on with Make, Thrift London, like our facebook page here.

Our Debut at Make It 2012

16 Feb

So, after a lot of hard work (and a steady stream of tweeting) my little company Make, Thrift London is slowly getting off it’s feet. The new year has brought a busy few months and thanks for baring with me! As you may know I have been running some small scale craft workshops, with a focus on make-do-and-mend, since we set up at the end of 2011.

And following on from this, we are very excited to be attending our first big event and making our debut, exhbiting at this year’s Make It Craft Fair at FIVE in Farnborough. The fair takes place at the end of the month; 24-26 February 2012 – a few dates for your diary and a not to be missed event for the craftoholics among us!

Advance tickets can be booked here and cost just £7.50 for a day pass (£6 concessions) or £15 for a 3 day pass (£12) concessions, (accompanied under 16s free). Tickets can also be purchased on the day but be advised, they will cost more.

Even better, to celebrate our debut, we are giving away a pair of day passes so you and a friend can enjoy the fair as our guests! Read on to find out how…

For those of you unfamiliar with the Make It fair, they have been running it annually for a number of years and this year they are set to attract 12,000 crafters across the 3 days. It will host an array of stalls selling crafting materials from card making, to silver clay, beads, haberdashery, knitting and more. Some exhibitors will be offering demonstrations, plus daily crafting workshops available to book in advance. You can see the full list of workshops here (including our own).

As well as our stand (find us on the day at B16) where we will be sharing our thrifting tips with some demonstrations. There will also be the opportunity to buy our exclusive Make, Thrift London make-it-yourself kits made up of vintage or salvaged materials. Below are a few small haberdashery kits with a specially of sort after vintage sewing materials in each.

We will also have some thrifty craft-it-yourself kits on offer allowing you to make something new out of something old with full instructions and materials.

Our Workshops at Make It 2012

We will be running two workshops on each day of the fair (both in room 4); Keep Calm and Make a Book and Keep Thrifting and Decoupage a Card.

Keep Calm and Make a Book

Our bookbinding workshop will teach you a traditional method using scrap and recycled papers to make your very own book, allowing you to personalise it with papers or imagery of your choice. You can also bring some of your own imagery to make it even more personal.

Keep Thrifting and Decoupage a Card

Our decoupage cardmaking workshop will help you make use of imagery and papers which you would usually have thrown out such as used wrapping paper or old newspapers and magazines, helping you create a unique and personalised card, whilst saving money on purchasing expensive decals and stick ons. Again, bringing some images of your choice, photographs, hand drawn images, notes, print outs will make your card even more special.

The lovely people at Retro From SCRACTH, who give a new lease of life to old damaged books, spiral binding their covers into notebooks, have very kindly donated some of their surplus paper for us to use along side our own so we’ll have ots of gorgeous papers to make thrift with!

Handmade designer makers donate for our Tombola!

Across the 3 days we will also be running a free tombola with these lovely handmade items donated from some specially selected designer makers who focus on upcycling; including some beautiful Florie Willow Jewellery designed and made by Laura Ball, upcycled books from our workshop paper sponsors (previously mentioned) Retro From SCRATCH and beautiful jewellery from JewelOri who has combined her love of Origami with recycling to create beautiful pieces from old papers. We’re also selecting some thrifty finds of our own, you’ll have to visit us to find out what! We’ll let you have a free go in exchange for 5 minutes of your time to have a chat with us and give us your feedback to help us improve our workshops! Everyone that takes part will be offered some of our scrumptious homemade cakes (while stocks last!) so we hope you’ll join us for a chat! We’ll be blogging about Florie Willow, JewelOri and Retro From Scratch in the coming weeks to help you get an insight into what they do.

If you’re a designer maker interested in donating some items for our next tombola do get in touch. If this proves successful, we plan to run more at similar events and this is a great way to improve your customer base. We particularly like designers who use thrifted or materials and focus on reusing or upcylcing but as long as your pieces are special and handmade by you, we still may be interested so drop us a line. In exchange, we will blog about you and help raise awareness of your brand plus there may also be the possibility for discussion of wholesale opportunities. For more info, please get in touch via our contact page or tweet us @MakeThriftLDN by 20th Feb 2012.

Win tickets to Make It 2012

To enter our competition to win a pair of day passes to Make It 2012 simply like us on facebook and share our page with your friends, then comment on this post to tell us you’ve done so. It’s that simple. The winner and their guest must be available to travel to Make It in Farnborough on 24, 25 or 26th February 2012 (travel not included). Competition closes Tues 21st Feb 2012 and tickets will be posted out via special delivery (next day service.) If the winner is not contactable within 24 hours of the competition ending another person will be chosen.

Looking forward to meeting those of you who’ll be attending Make It 2012. To chat with other fellow crafters attending the event check out Make It 2012’s facebook group here.


Love Daisy xx