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Aiiiiii Fiesta!

Yup, it’s official -we’re getting very excited about this year’s Fiesta!

Not only are we going to have fun making metres and metres of pretty bunting, we’re also going to be part of The Wonderland Project – if you read our bunting post, you’ll remember us mentioning a magical garden – this is it and you have a chance to get involved!

Our fabulous textiles tutor Donna Taylor will be leading two workshops for adults on Wednesday 5 & Tuesday 25 May – the sessions are free to attend, but you do need to book your space!  If you’d like to take part in this year’s Fiesta, send an email to and we’ll put your name on the list!

You can find out more by visiting the Fiesta blog.


What’s next for us…….

Although the Inspirations festival is an annual event, we’re keen to keep you busy with other arty projects during the rest of the year too!

The next community project we’re working on is Fiesta, which takes place this year on Saturday 5 June in York.  The 1-day festival, which is being run by City of York Council’s arts and culture team, aims to get people from all over the city involved in celebrating the city – either by taking part in creating things before the event (which we’ll come onto in a moment!), joining in on the day and visiting some of the events, or just taking time out from their usual routine to come into the city centre and watch dancers, salsa and visit a magical garden while drinking tea!

All sound a bit mad?  Good – it’s supposed to!

This year, we’re working with the arts and culture team on the Wonderland garden – which we’ll talk about again on here once we have more details – but we’re also really excited becuase we’ve been asked to help ‘dress’ the event – clearly they have heard about all the creative people we’ve got in touch with through The Patch Project!

So what do we need from you?

Well, we need all you creative people to help us make some Fiesta bunting, which we’ll be stringing from the trees on Parliament Street to create a fun and festive atmosphere!



All the bunting will be made out of fabric, which we’ll be providing, but you can make your triangles unique, just as with your ‘patches’ and embellish away to your hearts content if you wish!  We’re going to set up some ‘bunting sessions’ over the coming weeks, so if you’d like bunt with us (oh yes!) then drop me an email – – and I’ll let you know when the next session is!


Just a very quick post to remind all you crafty folk out there that there’s  FLARE contemporary crafts market on this Sunday (29 Nov) in York in the chapel at York Cemetery.  We’ll be heading down there in the early afternoon to see what stall holders have on offer and have a bit of a manic Christmas shopping shop!  Rather handily, there were lots of cakes last time, so we can have a cuppa and relax before, during , afterwards…….!

Hope to see you there – if you do go along, let us know what you bought!

Rain + wind = staying in and crafting

Spent most of this weekend enjoying being at home, after slightly terrifying pre-Christmas shopping trip on Saturday morning.  Will NOT be repeating the experience in a hurry.  Having said that, I’m definitely starting to get excited about the festive season and have even had my first (of many) mince pie!

I’ve been making some felt decorations for our tree, using up some odds and ends from Wingham Wools to make felt hearts.  Once the felt is ready, I decorate them with buttons, embroidery and fabric, before blanket stitching 2 hearts together and stitching in a little bit of ribbon at the top to hang them from.  They’d also look nice hanging from door handles, mantlepieces and window frames I think, or given as little stocking fillers (Speaking of which – have been drooling over the fab Alice in Wonderland mirrors, brooches, etc made by Sumptuosity, a York based company who I have just added to my favourites – perfect little presents for stylish friends).

Got the idea from Donna’s Hearts & Crafts workshop which I cheekily went on at Inspirations last year, totally abandoning Claire on the reception desk!  Due to lots of requests, Donna will be running the same workshop again next year, this time on the Saturday, so you can all take a pretty homemade heart home too. And that’s a tongue twister.

Crafting gets colourful

OMA Tagtool artists at Illuminating York 23 Oct - 1 Nov, photo by Kippa Matthews

OMA Tagtool artists at Illuminating York 23 Oct - 1 Nov, photo by Kippa Matthews

We’re completely inspired by all the art being created at Illuminating York!

Over the weekend, there were several thousand people at the 3 sites each day,  and although it’s cold, we want to see more!  The soundtracks that accompanied the projections were fantastic, but for us it was all about the colours!  The idea of having a mix of really bright, vivid, clashing colours really appeals, especially when it’s set against the backdrop of the night sky – I’ll be using this idea for inspiration on my patches this week. The Wall of Light is a bit like seeing fireworks really with the constantly changing images – and we definitely heard some ‘oooooohs’!

We’ve had a few more patches in from eager craftsters now, and we’re really impressed with the standard.  As soon as we can get round to taking pictures, we’ll add some to the blog so you can see what people have been creating.  We’re also looking forward to our patching session at the weekend – we’re getting some tutors and friends together to have a few hours of crafting so we can start building up our patch collection!  Again, we’ll post some photos from this session on here as soon as we can.

Crafty Goings on in York

Thought I would mention some of the great things happening in York at the moment in the arts – starting with the culmination of a 5 week textiles course, run by York Adult Ed, that I’ve just been on!


The group was entirely made up of women, not too surprising perhaps, but without exception, everyone brought such fantastic and creative ideas to class, which did surprise me, as it was for ‘improvers’.  Deborah, our tutor, gave us several different techniques to try each week, and we spent the 2 hour session trying out all sorts of fabrics, stitches, embelishments and having a good chat.  What a lovely way to spend the evening – just sorry it was only 5 weeks!

I was particularly taken with the felt hearts made by one member of our group – as you can see from the photo, they look fantastic, and will make a beautiful addition to her home at Christmas.  I am stealing her idea (and her template!).

Deborah will be teaching a full day workshop at Inspirations, so keep checking back for more details over the next few weeks.

Have also had through some info about the next set of FLARE craft markets – you can check out the FLARE blog to find out more, but I definitely recommend a visit – if you love handmade, I promise you will find something to buy.  On my last visit, I seriously underestimated how many things I would want to buy, so next time I’ll be making a visit to the cashpoint beforehand!