Thursday, 27 April 2017

'Easy Stuff to Make with Fluff' : How to have a book launch party!

Not everyone lives in (Corking) Dorking, I know that! So just in case you weren't at the book launch party for 'Easy Stuff to Make with Fluff' - here's how we did it. 
Well - throwing a party has a few key elements. And we started off with one of the most important. Some very fluffy cocktails. Ours were called 'Fluffy Fever' and were made with the amazing gin from our local Dorking micro distillery The Gin Kitchen called 'Gutsy Monkey', - which is an artisan craft gin and is absolutely delicious! (And the bottle is rather pretty too...)

Here's the fluffy recipe :

'Fluffy Fever'
20ml Agave syrup
100ml lychee juice
15ml fresh lemon juice
20ml triple sec
2 stems fresh coriander
Fresh edible flower to garnish

Shake HARD with ice. Double strain and serve in suitably flamboyant cups with a silly straw and edible flower. (And optional Persian spun sugar fairy fluff and a stem of coriander!)

Then we got lots of food and laid it out over a massive piece of kitchen worktop hoisted up on some plastic cups underneath. On the studio table. With casual abandon :-) And crisps in heaps.  Like this :

There was even a white chocolate lamb in the corner. 
Then we needed balloons.But not any old balloons!I did quite over excited about these : Neon confetti balloons filled with helium and rainbow balloons with silver tassels! With equally fun pineapple party plates and watermelon napkins... You can't have a party without them ;-) Honest!


(We still have some rainbow balloons, neon confetti balloons, watermelon napkins and pineapple plates for sale in the shop and online - right here!) 

Then we needed guests. Luckily there lots of those and they were all amazing and gorgeous :-)

Easy Stuff To Make With Fluff Book Launch Party 
Easy Stuff To Make With Fluff Book Launch Party
Lots and lots of very lovely people. 
Who all very much seemed to enjoy the Fluffy Fever Cocktails!


There was even a special balloon outside The Fluff-a-torium. (Which later ended up in the pub opposite :-))


And finally - a fluffy book launch wouldn't be the same without glitter jelly and ice cream - right? So we had to have that too of course. Courtesy of Angus in Oz :

This picture below? Oh yes - that's the author swigging the sprinkles. (Maybe one too many 'Fluffy Fever's?)

Haven't got your signed copy  of Gillian's 'Easy Stuff to Make with Fluff' yet? Available here. + We ship worldwide of course :-)


Thursday, 17 March 2016

Easily Make this Lampshade with just one skein of our Hand Dyed Yarn...

Turn on the inspiration and make this easy hand-dyed lampshade + pompoms with just one skein of our new Hedgehog Fibres hand dyed Merino Singles!

 Hand Dyed Hedghog Fibres Merino Singles

I used one beautiful skein of our new Hedgehog Fibres Merino Singles (100g) in colourway : Genie (the one in the middle)

 Hedghog Fibres Merino Singles Genie

Start by balling the skein of yarn up tightly - oval or squished is fine, as it's easier to pass through the lampshade frame if it's not completely ball shaped!

You can use any lampshade frame - either upcycle one you own already or you can buy a new 20cm one from us here...

Tie off the yarn to the top of the frame (leaving 3" tail). Start to wind it tightly around and around from top to bottom. You can leave as many 'gaps' and holes as you like as this will allow the light to shine through! Keep going all the way around the whole frame. 

(I just held it with one finger whilst I poked the ball through and around each time.) 

When you get to the end tie off the yarn to the 3" tail from the beginning.

 You should be left with roughly half the 100g ball of yarn to make pompoms with, (but of course these are optional!) - you may have even more yarn left if you left more gaps :-)

I used the smallest pompom maker from our set of four (available here) and trimmed them a little once made.
 Leave a tail on  each pompom and tie them onto one piece of yarn on the inside of the frame. (Top tip : Before you do this, decide whether the lampshade will be a pendant or a table lamp, as this will affect which end to attach them to!)

And that's pretty much all there is to it. This is a colourful hand dyed yarn project you can complete in just a few hours! Easy Peasy!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Join in with our online and make Sven the Deer Head for Christmas with us!

What could be better than a relaxing Gilliangladrag crafting session, a cheeky cool cocktail or two in the comfort of your own home, maybe with a group of friends?... and a magnificent outcome with something to cherish for EVER - especially at Christmas!

Meet "Sven" the Deer Head, our 2nd Corporation of Craft Klub project, which, for the first time ever, ANYONE can join in with, ANYWHERE in the whole wide world! You don't have to live near Dorking!

Yes we are going to be making him here at the actual monthly C.O.C.K. session in our studio on Tuesday 1st December at The Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium, .....but, you can buy your Sven the Deer Head KIT and craft along with us at home and watch us live on Periscope or later on YouTube...

For just £28 plus P&P you can order your Christmas Deerhead kit HERE online and make your own Sven The Deerhead at home wherever you live in the whole wide world :-) 
He comes with everything you'll need (except glue) and a full set of instructions. BUT, if you tune in to our live Periscope broadcast on Tuesday 1st December, why not craft along with us?

And WHAT ON EARTH is Periscope I hear you ask?
Well it's a truly amazing APP for your phone that's connected with Twitter. Just download it for free and follow us (@gilliangladrag) - Also, set up to be notified when we start to broadcast. It's really easy to understand! 
The very cool thing is, that you can say hello, type messages and ask questions whilst we are broadcasting! And we will answer back!

If you are asleep or busy when we broadcast live, you can go back and watch it at any time for the following 24 hours on Periscope. Plus we will edit it and put it on our Gilliangladrag YouTube channel after the event! So you can catch up with us any time :-)

Don't forget to order your Christmas Sven The Deerhead Kit in plenty of time for our live session on Tuesday December 1st. Hopefully see you at C.O.C.K. club! ;-)

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

How to Make and Sew (Waterproof!) Oilcloth & Felt Bunting
Make some new bunting like our Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium Bunting!
Make yourself some new (waterproof!) bunting to brighten up your garden or home. It's quick, good value, and easy peasy!

What you'll need:

Before you start work out the length you'd like your bunting to be and roughly how many pennants you'll need! Make a paper template pattern first if you like or go freehand - it's just a triangle where the top edge is slightly shorter than the other two edges :-) There are no rules about the size - cut them as big or as small as you fancy! Mine were about 20cm long.

Cut two triangles for each pennant so they will be double sided and you'll see colour from both sides when they flap in the wind!

2) Either stick the 2 sides of each pennant together with strong fabric glue, or sew them together freehand or with a machine if you have one!

Add some Felt pennants into the mix too if you fancy. These obviously won't be quite as waterproof, but a light shower won't hurt them too much!

Trim each pennant from both sides to make sure you don't have any white bits sticking out from behind!

Lay out all your triangles on the floor or table and pin some substantial ribbon on top to hold them together, leaving about 20-30cm of ribbon free at each end for hanging later. Sew along the top and the bottom of the ribbon to hold the pennants in place securely, either using a sewing machine, or needle and thread. You could stick them too if you have some really strong glue.

Add some optional finishing touches and embellishments - they make all the difference! Insert a length of frilly trim / pompom trim just underneath the ribbon, and sew into place.

Crochet some pretty flowers to sew onto some of the plain felt flags if you fancy? Attic 24 has a great crochet pattern for daffodils here! We used our cotton Aran yarn for £1.95 a ball!

You could also add in some cute Felt Flowers - like the ones in "Felting Fabulous Flowers" by Gillian here.
This is a Felt Rose, - also available as a kit here.

9)Hang your finished bunting inside or out, adding some support in the middle if it's quite long. :-) Et voila! xxxx