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  • Friday, May 05, 2017

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER

    Angela has been very busy since attending our Learn to Sew (/workshops/sewing-dressmaking/beginner-sewing) and Introduction to Curtain and Blind Making (/workshops/for-the-home) workshops. She made these stunning curtains for her holiday let in Coniston and has more sewing based business opportunities on the horizon. I've always had an interest in crafts and sewing but never found the time. Then, when the kids had all left home I had more time for myself, I searched the Inte ..

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  • 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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  • 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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