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  • Friday, April 21, 2017

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    Lino Printing by Nell Smith

    Lino Printing by Nell Smith

    I love lino printing as it’s such an accessible technique. It’s cheap and easy to get set up, and can be quite addictive when you get going! The basic set up is: lino, tools for cutting, a roller, ink, paper and a wooden spoon or clean roller to print with. There are lots of different kinds of cutters and ink to choose from. We always use safety cutters and water based block printing ink in our courses, to protect from injuries and for ease of cleaning up! Fred Aldous (http://www.fredaldous. ..

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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017

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    Get Stuck into Decoupage By Lindsey Vigurs

    Get Stuck into Decoupage By Lindsey Vigurs

    If you like really hands-on, messy, tactile, but potentially BEAUTIFUL crafting then I implore you to have a go at the fancy French art of decoupage. It’s basically sticking bits of paper on to other things with glue. But the results can be amazing. It’s an immediate craft form, perfect for doing with kids and grownups alike. And thanks to some excellent products on the market you can make your creations durable, waterproof (a must for anything being taken outside in Manchester’s drear) and  ..

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  • Thursday, April 06, 2017

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    Fiona has put her own twist on the make-up bag we teach on our Introduction to Sewing course (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/beginner-sewing), she has a natural flair for sewing and tells her story below. I've had my sewing machine since I was 16 but only used it for small jobs here and there. I used to watch my grandma sew when I was really young and she made lots of clothes for my sister and I, but I was too young to learn properly from her. Last year I decided to take the C ..

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  • Thursday, March 30, 2017

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    DIY Ruff Collar By Lindsey Vigurs

    DIY Ruff Collar By Lindsey Vigurs

    In the bid to make an impressive yet inexpensive clown costume I decided to take on the challenge of making a ruffled collar. A ruff is a great addition to a clown costume but can also be used for a host of fancy dresses. Great for World Book Day costumes, cosplayers, drag, theatrical wardrobes or just for wearing everyday. Who doesn’t want to bowl about in a massive ruff? A quick glance at Etsy and Ebay will show you that buying a ruff is NOT CHEAP, so here’s how I made mine over the co ..

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  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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    Ministry Makes

    Ministry Makes

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! I hadn’t made anything with a raglan sleeve for a while and with some better weather around the corner (I hope), I wanted to try out a new spring fabric, Cotton Millefleur in Burnt sienna (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/fcotton-cotton-millefleur-in), from Dashwood Studio. A raglan sleeve is a type of sleeve whos ..

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  • Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    Emma-Lee is certainly a worthy Ministry Makes winner, on a roll; she went home and made this amazing cat eye dress straight after attending our Stretch Top (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/dressmaking/d170408-sew-your-own-stretch-batwing-top) workshop in the morning.We talked about how the top could easily be converted into a dress by increasing the length of the bottom band and whoosh…..she was off to make it that same afternoon!  ..

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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    Ministry Makes

    Ministry Makes

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! Nothing very glamorous this week I am afraid, it was a very practical make! The nights are cold and I love to be cosy in bed. Unable to find a pair of pyjamas in the shops with the neck, cuff and ankle finish I was looking for, I decided to make my own. I used my bodice block and trouser block to make the pattern and a lovely soft cotton printed jersey fabric (http://www.ministryofcr ..

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  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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    Tailor Made Lampshade Review

    Tailor Made Lampshade Review

    Tailor Made Lampshade Review by Sarah Welton I've hated every lampshade in our house since we moved in a year ago and so the Ministry of Craft workshop seemed a no brainer. Consequently one grey Saturday afternoon in central Manchester off I went to the basement of Fred Aldous to do the lampshade course. There were four other people in my group and Sam our tutor was very warm and welcoming. She talked us through all the stages so that our material miraculous  ..

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  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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    Ministry Makes

    Ministry Makes

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! In preparaion for a new wrap around skirt workshop, I made this skirt using fabric from Dashwood Studios, Cotton Meadow in Navy (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/fcotton-cotton-meadow-in-navy). The fabric was great to sew with and the weight was perfect. I drafted the pattern from scractch using 3 identical skirt sections sewn together (back, front and a front underwrap). I then drafted  ..

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  • Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - DECEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - DECEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - DECEMBER Sarah certainly has the sewing bug since attending our 4-week Introduction to Sewing course in Chorlton. On completion, she moved onto our 4-week Develop your Sewing Skills course and also our A-line skirt workshop at Fred Aldous where she made the amazing cord skirt. She needed to take up some Ikea curtains which was her initial reason for enrolling onto our introductory course so she used the cut off curtain fabric to make this black and white c ..

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