The preparations for this years Christmas Fairs are in full swing. You will find us in two Festive Fairs this December. We have a wonderful selection of Christmas decorations, including the popular Tree Top Fairies, and bespoke gifts for both children and adults.
The lovely Woodlands Farm in Shooters Hill is our first venue on Sunday 2nd Dec, 11am-3pm. Join us for a day out at the farm, find some unique Christmas presents and meet Father Christmas.
On Saturday 15th December we will join The Collective Market and Woolwich Street Feast in Woolwich Market, 12pm-5pm. Come and grab some yummy street food and browse an amazing selection of independent designer makers.
There is a chill in the air to signify Summer is really over. With crispy mornings and evenings drawing in, it is time to find those knitting needles, balls of wool and other crafting accessories. The Festive Season is just around the corner, let the preparations begin!
Last Saturday we had our first workshop of this Autumn. A wonderfully talented group came together to make needle felted Autumn wreaths. It was a morning of great fun, colourful wool and busy felting needles. Many of them had no previous felting experience but you could never tell by looking at the end results! It was fascinating to follow how simple polystyrene rings turned into beautiful, individual pieces of Art. Our youngest participant was only eight years old. She worked under her Mum’s watchful eye, but very little supervision was needed as her needle control was already very impressive.
We are back from our travels and look forward to the new season. It has been a very hot summer both here in the UK and in Finland where we spent some time in July. I took a big stash of wool with me to Finland with an intention to finish a few projects and perhaps to come up with some new ones. It all returned back to London untouched, the heat simply got the best of me. Despite the slight frustration, this 'heat break' seemed to have served me well. The last few weeks have been very productive and there will be new items available on our online shop by mid September. This autumn will be a busy one, we will soon be in full swing preparing for our felting workshops. The first one is already at the end of September, making autumn wreaths. It will be followed by a new workshop for the families, painting with wool. You can find more information about these and the other workshops on our website. At present there are still some places available on all of them. We are also very excited to announce that Bless This Mess will be attending a few craft fairs and local markets here in Southeast London before Christmas. Until now we have mainly worked in the studio with small groups and functioned online. It will be exciting to come out to the big world and meet all of you in person! More information about the venues and dates will follow soon. But before entirely focusing on the new season I would like to share few summer memories with you...
See you soon!
It was lovely to be a part of the first edition of South East London Wool and Textile Festival this weekend. Such a wonderful community event and I never knew that we have so many talented Artists and Craft Makers in near proximity. Let's hope that this was the first of many to come...
Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018, 11am – 4pm
Woodlands Farm, Shooter’s Hill, London DA16 3RP
A celebration of the diversity of South East London, and the common thread of textiles, fabrics, fibres, yarns and sewing in our history and cultures.
Meet local designers and makers, learn a new skill at a craft workshops, buy unique and exclusive products and the materials to make your own, and visit the gallery to see textile art created by local school children and professional artists.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Woodlands Farm to help us celebrate the very first South East London Textiles Festival. There are lots of great workshops, talks, artwork and stalls for families to explore.Read More
It is time for our annual Open Studio Weekend. We open our doors to visitors on 9-10 June, 12-6pm. We are located in the Thames Side Studios which is the largest single-site studio provider in the UK. This is a unique opportunity to meet us and our fellow artists, makers and designers and talk about what we do. A possibility to buy beautiful handmade items and wool craft kits directly from the studio. Also our new workshop schedule for the autumn will be announced during the Open Studios. You will find us in unit 2 studio 55. Come and join us for this wonderful event!