Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Making Buttons

A few weeks ago I spent the most amazing day at my friend, Tina's, pottery studio making buttons and thought I would share some of the photos with you.  I also love seeing other people's creative spaces, don't you?

So let's go in through these beautiful stained glass doors:
The last time I worked with clay was when I was at middle school in late 1970s so I was not quite sure what would be involved when Tina said "come and make some proper buttons at my studio" when she had seen my attempts with air-drying clay, but there was a little reassurance from the sign hanging just inside the door!
Porcelain or terracotta, coloured slip, glazes...it was a whole new world to me!
There was so much to look at and to inspire me...
  
We chatted and listened to the radio as we worked, which was quite a treat as we are both used to working alone in our respective studios.  I had no idea how much work would be involved in making these buttons, but I loved every minute.
Tina made us a lovely lunch of carrot & ginger soup with rye bread, which was delicious.
I cut out more buttons in the afternoon...I still haven't counted how many I made!  
Here they all are ready to go into the kiln for their first firing:
It was a truly fabulous day! The work doesn't end there though, I returned a week later to wax and glaze the buttons ready for another firing in the kiln.  I have so much respect for potters and ceramicists...their making is an intensive process and one where you can never be sure exactly what the results will be.  If you sometimes think that the price of ceramic buttons is high, I would say think again because it nowhere near covers the amount of time that has been spent making them!

Here are just a few of the lovely buttons I collected a couple of weeks ago.  My plans for them are top secret at the moment, but I am sure I shall reveal all here at some point over the coming months.
Tina makes some amazing pieces and you can find her on Facebook and Instagram

Bye for now,

Rebecca
x


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Special Workshop Days Just For You

One of the things that ladies who come to my workshops always comment upon is how lovely it is to have a day to themselves...a day spent doing something they enjoy without the distractions of home, family and work commitments.  

This is why I came up with the idea of hosting My Saturday and My Monday workshops...special days just for you!rebeccamaryjane's studio
I open up my studio as your creative space and look after you for the day, while you have some valuable time to yourself to finish a work-in-progress or tackle something new, meet like-minded people and unwind.


Just imagine...a whole day for YOU to make and create,
Make & Create at rebeccamaryjane's studio
while I bring you tea/coffee, cake, and your lunch
Tea, coffee and cake at rebeccamaryjane's workshops
These workshops do not include any tuition or materials, just time, space, good company and good food.  They run from 10am to 4pm and cost £20 per person. 


Dates for the rest of the year are as follows:

Monday 12th October
Saturday 21st November

I look forward to welcoming you to my studio at Vulcan Studios, 53 Sussex Street, Sheffield very soon...please get in touch to book your place!
rebeccamaryjane's at Vulcan Studios, Sheffield
Bye for now,

Rebecca
x

Monday, 15 June 2015

Lucky Ladies

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time and trouble to leave a comment on the first post on my new blog.  The lucky ladies who will receive a little something are:


I know that some people had difficulty leaving a comment and I am going to look into this as I want it to be as easy as possible for us to stay in touch.

My apologies to those that missed out...I shall be having another giveaway soon so watch this space!

Bye for now,
Rx

Monday, 8 June 2015

Back to square one with Cicely: an off-centre granny square pattern

Unable to access my old blog for some time, I have decided to go back to square one and start a brand new one.  Staring at a blank page is always daunting...where should I begin?  How about a crochet pattern?  People have been asking me about the pattern for the off-centre granny square that is my Facebook page background at the moment, but I didn't have it written up so I spent yesterday afternoon crocheting a new version, taking photos, scribbling down the pattern and here it is: 

Cicely: an off-centre granny square pattern

Cicely: an off-centre granny square pattern

Abbreviations
ch        = chain
sl st     = slip stitch
tr        = treble
beg       = beginning
sp(s)     = space(s)
RS        = right side

To begin:  Ch4, sl st into 1st ch to form a ring

Round 1:  4ch (counts as 1tr, 1ch), working into the ring (1tr, 1ch) 7 times, sl st into 3rd of beg 4ch to complete round (8sts & 8ch sps)

Fasten off

Round 2:  Join new colour in any ch sp, ch3 (counts as a tr), 1tr in same ch sp, 1ch, (2tr in next ch sp, 1ch) 7 times, sl st into top of beg ch3 to complete round (8 2tr groups & 8 ch sps)

Cicely - rounds 1 & 2

Fasten off

Round 3:  Join new colour in any ch sp, ch3 (counts as a tr), (2tr, 1ch, 3tr) in the same ch sp (corner), *3tr in next ch sp, (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) in next ch sp (corner)*, rpt from * to * twice, 3tr in next ch sp, sl st into top of beg ch3 to complete round

Cicely - rounds 1,2 & 3

Fasten off

Row 4:  With RS facing, join next colour in any corner sp, ch3 (counts as a tr), 2tr in same sp, 3tr in each of next 2 sps, (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) in next sp (corner), 3tr in each of next 3 sps, turn

Cicely - end of row 4

Row 5:  Ch3, 3tr in each of next 3 sps, (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) in next sp (corner), 3tr in each of next 3 sps, 1tr in top of ch3 at beg of row 4

Cicely - row 5

Cicely - end of row 5

Fasten off & turn so that RS is facing

Row 6:  Join next colour in sp between 1tr and 3tr at end of row 5, ch3, 2tr in same sp, 3tr in ach of next 3 sps, (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) in next sp (corner), 3tr in each of next 4 sps, turn

Cicely - row 6

Row 7: Ch3, 3tr in each of next 4 sps, (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) in next sp (corner), 3tr in each of next 4 sps, 1tr in top of ch3 at beg of row 6

Fasten off & turn so that RS is facing

Cicely - end of row 7

Round 8:  Join next colour in corner sp of round 3, ch3 (counts as a tr), 2tr, 1ch, 3tr in same sp, *3tr in each of next 4 sps, (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) in next sp (corner)*, rpt from * to * twice, 3tr in each of next 4 sps, sl st into top of beg ch3 to complete round & fasten off

Cicely - round 8

Cicely - finished!

 ...and here is the finished square ready to be used for cushions, blankets and other projects.  I do hope you like it and I'd love to hear what you decide to make with Cicely.


Cicely: an off-centre granny square

To celebrate the start of my new blog, I am having a giveaway.  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and, on Monday 15th June 2015, I shall select six names, who will each receive a little something from rebeccamaryjane's.

Bye for now,

Rx

P.S.  Cicely was my great-grandmother in case you're wondering where the name came from!