Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Bring Your Doodle To Life.
20th April 10.00am-3.00pm.

Children do some great drawings. Think how great it would be to turn that drawing into an original toy, a beautiful memory, that you could give it to the little designer as a surprise, made with your very own hands.  Or perhaps you have drawn something that you would love to turn into a toy but don't know where to begin.

In this workshop, we will show you how easy it is to turn a flat drawing into a three dimensional toy. We will be enlarging the image, learning how to draft and cut the pattern pieces, showing you ways to add colour  and stitch the image. We will then stitch it all up and finally stuff your doodle. All the different elements will come together to bring the drawing to life. 

We will provide you with all the bits and pieces that you will need for the day but I'm sure you will want to bring your own drawing. We provide sewing machines for the workshop, however, if you prefer to bring your own machine then that's fine by us.

Both of the above from Childs Own

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Make it personal

We found this great idea for friendship necklaces at HonestlyWTF and just had to share. It may be a little time consuming but it's worth the effort.

You will need some piping cord and a selection of threads to make these lovely necklaces, it's best to keep the threads all the same thickness for an even finish. 

The technique is a basic Macrame stitch. Start by fixing the piping cord to a solid surface eg. the back of a chair or a cup hook or door handle you get the idea. By fixing the cord it enables you to keep the tension and makes knotting easier, the thicker the thread the chunkier the finished necklace will be. 

Follow the instructions below and make plenty they look great grouped together.

Lay the color that isn’t being used (shown here in purple) in your left hand, along with the rope, and hold them taut.  Take the active color (shown here in red) in your right hand, pass it over the rope, loop it under and back through the opening.  Pull up and to the right to tighten.  Repeat the knots until you are ready to switch colours.

To alternate colors, simply put the inactive color (red) in your left hand and the new active colour (purple) in your right.  Repeat the steps.

Once you’re done knotting, add a few nuts and/or washers to the necklace.  Undo the large starter knot and tie both open ends together, creating your very own friendship necklace!  Trim any extra rope and tread.

This tutorial can be found at so check it out, and see what other gorgeous handmade projects they have.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Handmade Books

A Book in a Day
13th April. 10.00am-3.00pm

There's something really satisfying about making your very own, very special handmade book. For some reason handling it, turning the pages, using it all bring heartfelt pleasure, it's like a gift to yourself. 

This is the start of a series of one day bookmaking workshops which we will be offering this year, so if your interest is in exploring the different techniques then keep on checking our website. The sessions are not about traditional bookbinding, they are about making individual handcrafted creatively based books in all their many formats. Concertina books, star books, tunnel books, flag books to name a few but I digress lets get back to this the first workshop.

In this workshop, we will be learning about paper cutting techniques and combining them with simple bookmaking forms. You will explore using coloured backgrounds and open cutwork and also overlaying techniques. It doesn't matter whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience and wish to explore new ideas and approaches, just come along and have some fun. We will offer you something new to get your creative juices flowing. 

As usual all materials are provided so you don't have to search out any specialist stuff and the best bit is you will have a beautiful little handmade book to take home and love.


Beautiful miniature handmade books, above,  from the fantastic Elsa Mora.

Just a different idea from artist Helen Musselwhite.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

 Easter Fun

30th March  10.00am - 3.00pm

I love Easter, it's like the herald of spring, decorating your home with the first of the blossom and catkins. If you have children around it's even better. Easter egg hunts and Easter bunnies, children or not, who can resist the temptation of chocolate! After the long winter it's nice to have an excuse to celebrate, Christmas seems so long ago.

This is the place to come to get you in the home decorating mood, as we have some great little projects to get you started.

To start the day it has to be eggs, it is Easter after all. We will be making some cute little felt egg cosies decorated with a pretty spring flower to keep your egg warm whilst you butter the soldiers. For the Easter table, to add that special touch, we will be making paper flower sweet dishes, pretty little mini egg baskets and cute cupcake toppers. Finally 'what came first the chicken or the egg'? It doesn't really matter when you make a simple paper mobile for your window that will move gently in the breeze. Topping all that off we will be showing you some ideas to use on your very own Easter tree, busy day then! 

As usual all materials will be provided and you will take all your goodies home with you.

So come and join the fun

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Another great idea.

We found this great tutorial on making wall art out of ordinary office supplies, stuff that you usually have lying around the house, or things you can pick up easily that don't cost the earth, which we thought looked like fun to try. The tutorial is from a blog called How About Orange.

The red painting above is made with 3/4" round Avery labels and 1/4" tape from Office Max.

This picture is made on a 10" blank canvas, but you could use a piece of wood and metal, painted up.

Arrange pieces of tape and stickers to form abstract plant shapes. Make sure each sticker is pressed down really well. Paint the surface (I used acrylic), remove the stickers and end up with your very own original piece of art.

This could also make a simple craft project to carry out with the kids.

Full details of this tutorial can be found at  MakeDIY wall art with office supplies

Have fun!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Design - where to start?

Tips and Tricks for Design - 16 March 2012
Are you are fed up with project work designed by someone else, have a head full of creative ideas but don't really know where to start? Then this could be the workshop to get you going. 

Throughout the day we will be doing some hands on exercises which will boost your confidence and give you ways of developing the things that inspire you. To make it more personal and to give yourself a starting point bring along some images to work with you, they could be photographs, clippings from magazines or a handful of sea shells, maybe all three it doesn't matter. The only thing that really matters is an open mind and a need to create, there will be different media available to try out and you will be guided through different approaches to help you find the one you are most comfortable with. 

The one thing we guarantee is a relaxing fun day and you never know this could be the start of a whole new adventure.

Previous student's 'line' themed inspiration and work.

Studio 15 is hoping to offer follow on design workshop throughout the year building gradually a deeper understanding and skill level.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

We're all about sharing ideas.

Studio 15 is not just a business for us it's a way of life, making, sharing, learning, inspiring each other with new ideas and possibilities. We know that all you crafters and artists are always on the lookout for new approaches and techniques so with that in mind here's a little sugar to sweeten your day!


We love Moleskin notebooks, a good old fashioned notebook in your pocket to scribble down those ideas that pop into your head so when we came across this idea from we thought we'd move the idea right along the line to you.

 You will need: a kraft brown moleskin notebook of any size, a piece of fabric, a glue stick and a pair of scissors.

Start by cutting down your fabric to a size that is small enough to fit on your notebook. We cut a 2.5″ x 5″ rectangle for the pocket sized book and 3″ x 8″ rectangle for the larger book. Glue your fabric to the front cover of your notebook. Start stitching along the edge of the fabric, leaving a small seam. Leaving your needle in the down position, turn your notebook 90 degrees and continue these steps until all four sides are stitched. Knot the ends and trim any excess threads.

It’s possible you won’t be able to stop yourself from sewing fabric to paper…it’s that addicting. The possibilities are endless and you really can’t go wrong with this project. We love the raw edges but of course, you can fold your edges under before sewing. You can also try experimenting with patchwork, using more than one fabric.

Have fun making these simple individual little books and while away a few hours exploring the fab blog at 

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