Fun with lino printing

I’ve been missing my classes and my lovely Dottie family enormously. To keep me busy during lockdown, I’ve been making some handmade lino printed cards (blank inside) with various designs; florals, bees, birds, doggies and Wheathampstead village scenes.

Do you need any cards for special occasions? They are £2.50 each or £10 for five. They are 7×5″ size and individually wrapped with an envelope. Happy to deliver locally. Also on sale in the Wheathampstead Post Office and Vanstone garden centre in Codicot.

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Looking forward to seeing you all again soon. Stay safe x

Spring Market (29th March)

I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be running Easter wreath-making workshops at the Wheathampstead Spring Market !

The market is being held on Sunday 29th March from 10am to 4pm in the Wheathampstead Memorial Hall (AL4 8AY) and The Reading Rooms, High Street (AL4 8AA). Booking for the 10.30 am workshop is essential – please get in touch. Cost per person is £20 and includes all materials.

There will also be lots of lovely markets stalls selling a range of locally hand-made items plus St Helen’s primary school are running the Spring Cafe. Entry is £2 for adults.

More information is available on Facebook @villagepopup @thereadingroomspub and Instagram @styleitbeautiful.

Look forward to seeing you there! x

* Christmas 2019 *

A big thank you to everyone who supported me during my first Christmas at the Dottie Crafter. It was lovely to meet lots of new crafters and to help even more people to discover the joys of being creative!

It was a crazy few weeks making three different types of festive wreaths. We made rattan wreaths at the Wheathampsted Playgroup Ladies’ Night;

we made fabric rag wreaths at the Dottie Studio;

and for the first time we made fresh foliage wreaths at the Wheathampstead Pop Up Christmas Market.

Watch out for new ideas for Christmas wreaths in 2020 as I’ve got the foliage wreath making bug now!!

Wishing all my Dottie Crafters a Happy New Year x

Summer 2019 at the Dottie Crafter Studio

Wow – what a great summer holiday we had! The Dottie Studio was buzzing all summer with different creative activities, workshops and parties.
Creating graffiti-inspired canvases was one of the most popular activities with loads of children taking home their own fabulous artwork for the bedroom walls! Here is some of the amazing work in progress:

And here are some of the brilliant finished pieces:

We also had fun up-cycling denim to create funky noticeboards:

We learnt to make small bags which my lovely Dottie crafters decorated with loads of beautiful designs:

Two budding fashion designers crafted their own waistcoats/bags:

We also made these lovely tie-dye cushions:

Finally, there have been several birthday parties with lots of creative, hand-made, going-home presents!

First Dottie evening classes

We recently started our first adult evening classes in the Dottie Studio. At our first session we sketched and painted some gorgeous flowery designs:

I had great fun getting ready for the second week – a batik workshop – the ladies had to ’embrace the splotches’…!

..and they really did – look at their beautiful work below.

This was a beautiful hand embroidered batik by Jennie.

Last night we were felt making:

With some fabulous final designs:

Easter 2019 – Cushion making workshops

It’s been a busy Easter holiday at The Dottie Crafter.

A fantastic group of kids spent two days with me last week learning how to design and make their own cushions. We learnt the basics of using a sewing machine, graffiti stenciling, tie-dye, appliqué and hand embroidery.

I had lots of fun with the studio mascot Mildred helping me set up the night before;

we had a great time dying our fabrics and designing the look of our cushions;

and my Dottie crafters made some wonderful designs:

Henry (11) absolutely loved his 2 days with the DC. Lynsey inspires her students and makes things funky, relevant and fun. Tie-dyed shirt and a banksy cushion. What’s not to love