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Miniature Art Gardens

art gardens in the making

art gardens in the making


Yesterday Sarah and I ran the Miniature Art Gardens workshop together with 10 participants and two lovely mums who were there too. Above are pictures of the pieces halfway through the two hours session and they just became more and more ambitious.

One of the gardens left the workshop with me as I was taking one of the participants home, it was a challenge carrying the large piece through town but it made people smile.

We are doing more garden/ spring based workshops this week, garden sculptures today from 10.30-12.30 and papier mache baby animals tomorrow – full details here

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extra nice things from the morning

This morning after a meeting with one of the jelly Board I went back to work and saw all the little people hard at work – they really are little people, from 18 months upwards and they were making papier mache bunnies.

When jelly started, the little people weren’t one of our target audience but now those first little people are now assistants at jelly, some have art school ambitions and now the next generation are here and working away making their bunnies.

Only next week left for the toddlers before the Easter break but all workshop details can be found here.

they made me flowers

they made me flowers

Toddlers will start again on Monday 20th April.

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knitting vegetables

The Knitted Vegetable Workshop by Felix at jelly was a resounding success. Taking the idea of knitted vegetables to new levels, participants got to play with Felix’s gardening & cookery books and raid her vegetable-shades yarnpile for inspiration and materials. 1 pomegranate, 1 giant toadstool, 1 yellow pepper, 1 potato and 1 cucumber were cast on at the workshop and updates on their progress will be posted intermittently on Felix’s blog at The Domestic Soundscape

The idea behind the workshop was to pass on the maths, knowledge and personal experience of vegetable knitting gathered by Felix in the course of her knitting career. She is very enthusiastic about recreating ordinary objects in yarn and hopes that the principles of vegetable knitting will catch on and result in a bumper crop of knitted vegetables in 2008/9! Everyone at the workshop agreed that there isn’t enough sharing of basic knitting maths and went away with at least the numbers required to make a spherical or ovoid shape on double pointed needles and some tips on where to look for ideas.

Pumpkin knitted by Barbara, cake to be eaten by everybody else

Pumpkin knitted by Barbara, cake to be eaten by everybody else

Barbara’s knitted pumpkin (pictured here) which was mostly knit during the Jelly Knit Nights, imbued the evening with a festive feeling, and the ample cups of tea and gingery cake kept everyone’s spirits up in the face of complicated knitting maths!

Further veggie links
– toadstool reports here
– Felix’s knitted potato

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Workshops begin today

Good morning – just to let you know that the new term of workshops start today, toddlers begin at 10am today and afterschool club starts it´s new term as well.

Don´t forget if you block book and pay in advance, the workshops are much cheaper. For more details click on the workshop page.

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jelly bean

Just a reminder that there is no jelly bean club this Saturday (1st November) due to the school holidays but we will be back on Saturday 8th November.

Also congratulations to one of our jelly friends who visited us at The Affordable Art Fair and won a prize for her self portrait she did whilst we were there – well done!

Our jelly friend with her winning portrait

Our jelly friend with her winning portrait

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Knitted pumpkins

Tonight is the knitted veg workshop at jelly, there can be nothing better than on Halloween to be knitting squash and pumpkin in the company of artist,knitter, writer and gardener, Felix.


This workshop is suitable for knitters who have a basic knowledge of knitting. You need to be able to cast on and off, and to know your purls from your knit stitches. This workshop is unsuitable for total beginners. If you knit, but have never knit on double-pointed needles this is your chance to learn in a fun and colourful way! If you have any questions about the difficulty of the workshop, get in touch withFelix.
WORKSHOP DETAILS FOR YOUR DIARY
WHEN: TONIGHT, 6.30—9.30PM
WHERE: jelly, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
COST: £18 | £15 concessions, all materials included
Please phone Felix direct on 07835 136201.

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workshops

One day in from the Affordable Art Fair and we are already doing art workshops.

Yesterday we were delivering a programme in Caversham, at Caversham Park Village Primary on the theme of *Challenges* as part of Family Learning Week. Each Family was asked to bring 3 items from their recycling bin and with the help of the jelly crew and our box of extra things, we helped them create sculptures and papier mache creatures amongst other delights. The workshop will run again this Thursday from 10.30-12.30 at The New Directions Centre, near Waitrose, Caversham. This is a family run activity supported by The Extended Learning Team and parents must stay with the children. Cost is 50p per family. No need too book, just turn up and we will be there.

Meanwhile in the jelly workshop we are running workshops on Wednesday and Thursday morning for children from the ages of 5 upwards. There are only a couple of spaces left on each at the point of writing this so please phone in advance to secure a space. Wednesday is a spooky castle workshop and Thursday we are making Papier mache spooky cats. The workshops run from 10.30-12.30 and further details can be found on the workshop page.

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