Results are in

Today was GCSE results and last week was A Levels – congratulations to all those that got results they need for next step in life; but if they aren’t want to expected – there is something out there for you!!

If you looking for a creative break from things or looking to try something new, I have a selection of courses starting this Autumn with Inspire Learning.

I have listed the courses below; but there lots others available including maths and English skills etc


12th September – 24th October ( 6 weeks)

Button Jewellery – Mansfield Woodhouse

12th September – 24th October ( 6 weeks)

Indian Block Printing – Mansfield Woodhouse

16th September – 14th September (5 weeks) 6-8pm

Taste of Traditional Crafts – Newark Library-

Within this Course you will be have a taste of Traditional Crafts such as Patchwork, Quilting, Embroidery, Weaving & Bobbin Lace. Looking at the history and the development of the craft and how it was developed over time. You will get time to have a go at the difference crafts and see how these can be added to your creative skills.

20th September – 18th October (5 weeks) 13:00-15:00

Bag Making – Southwell Library

28th September – 12th October (3 Weeks) 9:30-12

Introduction to Felt – Arnold Library

1st October

Needlefelt Poppy Brooch – Workshop Library

22nd October –

Buttons at Retford Library

2nd November

Needle-Felt Poppy – West Bridgford Library

4th November – 9th December (6 weeks) 6-8pm

Making a Creative Christmas – Newark Library

21st November

introduction to Lacemaking


  • 8th November –13th December (6 weeks)
  • Making a Creative Christmas – Newark Library

  • 9th November
  • Historic Buttons workshop – Arnold Library

    22nd November – 6th December

    Introduction to Bobbin Lace – Christmas theme

    Saturday 14th December – Mansfield library

    AM – Designing your own Wrapping Paper

    PM – Christmas Felt Decorations


    – book these via Inspire or Eventbrite

    You can also call them to book on 01623 677 200

    Getting started with Bobbin Lace

    I have had the pleasure of introducing or re-introduction Bobbin Lace at Nottinghamshire Inspire Learning at West Bridgford Library. The class were introduced to the rich heritage of the lace and the links to Nottingham Industry Of Lace.

    The emphasis of the class was learning and getting grip of the traditional Bobbin Lace Tools and the two stitches.

    Some of the class have continue in one way or another- here are some of the fantastic work they have achieved.

    Spring Notes

    Well spring sunshine is shining today; isn’t it lovely 😊

    With several spring fairs coming up including Nottingham Makers Market at the Golden Fleece and Spring Festival at Hilltop (Eastwood – 23rd March) decided to make some note books great for gifts and making new plans.

    I have used my Indian Printing Block to decorate these lovely books – A5 and A6

    The Blocks are all hand craved in Jaipur, providing work for the community and keeping the heritage skills alive.

    These are available from me at my Spring Fairs or contact me directly.

    Cyber Week

    Last week we had lots of deals on the tv and the net for Black Friday – so I decided to let you know that I have included a discount code of 20% of any purchases on my Etsy Shop – SP Creative Crafts for purchases totally over £15 (cyberlace)

    I will also adding new items all week Of still time to get something purchased and posted for Christmas. I will aim to post everything same day or next day. 😀

    If looking for something special which had been individually made with a touch of Heritage – then you be in the right place

    August in full sun

    Well we are into the 8th month of the year and it’s a year since a I put my notice in at work (corporate job). What a year it has been.

    So this August I just decided to take part in great Artisan Fair in Nottingham this Sunday.

    I will have selection of Bobbin Lace Jewellery and Housewares, in addition some block printed scarves.


    When can one stamp can give two different outcomes?


    This morning I decided to use the same stamps sets to produce two really difference looks;

    Visible image – Birthday versus and flower

    Birthday Card:

    On this can I used Brusho on Canvas paper and spray with water; I just love how the colours blend and bleed together.

    Then I stamped with Memento Black ink, with the visible image stamp using the flower and the beautiful versus.

    Then I stamp with verso mark ink  and  used silver embossing powder.


    Pencil Case:

    Using a plain fabric pencil case, I used some fabric paints and stamped with the large indigo blu butterfly, and gave the back a wash also with fabric paint.

    Then with a selection of stencils from ‘stamps away’ & ‘Prima’ I used dye based inks to build up layers, followed by stamping with the flower from the visible image set.

    To add detail to the tag I stamped on to ‘Shrink plastic’ with the visible image stamp and heated it, making sure that I punch out a good size whole to allow me to add it to the zip pull.








    April Workshops start next week

    All workshops are a great opportunity to have an introduction to the traditional craft of Bobbin Lace, with all materials and equipment provided. So a great chance to try this traditional craft with a new modern twist, without the any extra expense.

    Bobbin lace is a traditional craft, which uses threads attached to bobbins and worked over a design on a pillow. To create a decorative textile items.

    Focus Gallery NG1 5FB
    Saturday 22nd April 10:30-13:30 £35.00 per person

    Within this workshop you will be introduced to lacemaking tools, basic stitches and simple lace patterns; to make a fabulous cocktail style ring to sparkle at any event It is designed for those with no previous knowledge but want to experience the delicate world of lace, variety of colours and style to suit personal choice and experience.

    Ant bronze Rose Ring 2

    Brooch – Leaf
    Focus Gallery NG1 5FB
    Saturday 22nd April 14:00-17:00 £35.00 per person
    Monday 24th April 10:00-13:00 –


    This a great item to master one of the stitches used in Braid Bobbin Lace. A style used in many lace areas around the world and can date back more than 500 years. Within the workshop you will get an understanding of the equipment used in lacemaking and produce a colourful leaf with glass beads, to show off your craft skills.