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Ministry of Craft Blog

  • Friday, April 28, 2017

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    Ministry Makes Vintage

    Ministry Makes Vintage

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on one of my sewing adventures! I decided on a vintage dress from my ever-expanding collection of sewing patterns. I have no idea where the pattern came from - it could have been a jumble sale or a bag of patterns I inherited from a friend's grandma. Vintage patterns were sold according to bust measurement and weren’t multi-sized like today’s patterns. However, as luck would have it, it was my size! Sewing from ..

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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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