WHM Art Group starts this Thursday!

New Art Group Flyer 2016

Have a UFO that needs finishing, or just fancy an evening of creativity and conversation?

Either way, the Art Group kicks off at Walcha Handmade this Thursday 16th, June.

The Studio will be open from 6:30 p.m. (cost of $5 per person), so bring along an unfinished project, your latest project or something new to start.

For further details, please contact Megan or Emma on the numbers above.

For the uninitiated: UFO = UnFinished Object ūüôā

Winter is Coming

With our first wintery blast passing through over the weekend, everyone is going to be looking for some warm winter goodness.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s currently available in store.

Curious Baby children's clothing handmade by Alice Radburn

Alice Radburn of Curious Baby has just stocked up her range of winter children’s clothes. This sweet onesie and matching pair of pants is¬†Size 0, $25.

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Keep your neck warm with this super chunky wool scarf by Katie Street, $35.

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Warm up with a hot mug of your favourite beverage. These monochromatic mugs are made by Julie Keogh, $6.

Handmade bath salts for a winter cold

Soak away a winter cold with this relaxing blend of oil-infused bath salts, made by Tasha Chawner, $15.

Merino and alpaca wool felted scarf

Definitely a one-of-a-kind scarf, created by Janine Wright, in merino and alpaca wool, $80.

More winter stock is arriving regularly, so be sure to pop in, warm your hands by the fire and see what is new in store!

Meet Our Makers: Jackson Cook

Our ‚ÄėMeet Our Maker‚Äô series celebrates the people behind the scenes of Walcha Handmade, and encourages an understanding of the care and attention to detail that goes into the handmade products we carry.

This month we are meeting Jackson Cook, one of our youngest members and sewer extraordinaire.

jackson-cook-5Tell us about yourself and your background leading to your handmade endeavours.

My name is Jackson Cook, and I am a 14-year-old with a passion for creativity. ¬†One day I watched my¬† Nan make my brother & I a lumberjack hat each and I said “I¬†reckon that I can make that!”, only to be told that they were too difficult for me to make.

My thoughts were “No way.”, so Nan challenged me and three attempts later I had nailed it. ¬†Since then, I have won many prizes including Champion and Most Successful Exhibitor at local shows for my artwork & needlework.

handmade stuffed toy owls Where did your business name come from?

My business name, House Of Jackson, came about when Kate (who organised The Farmers Market) became bored¬† writing ‘Jackson’ and decide that she was going to write ‘The House Of Jackson’ instead. ¬†It has much more business appeal¬†and is a fitting name that has stuck and will grow as I grow.

What materials do you use?

I like to use natural fabrics for most items I create.  I particularly like prints  by American Fabric designers Tula Pink and Amy Butler because they are colourful with bold designs.  While I  design most of  my patterns I sometimes use purchased patterns, which I often modify to suit the final product I want.

colourful geometric sling bag by House of Jacksonjackson-cook-2What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a new range of bags with pockets on the outside and a new range of babywear.

What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had shared with you when you were younger?

At 14 years of age, I‚Äôm still only young. ¬†I’ve always been encouraged to let my creativity out as it can never cause much harm.

sewing paraphenaliaWhere can we find more of your work?

My creations can be found at Walcha Handmade, Highland Living in Uralla, Armidale Farmers Markets, Armidale Markets in the Mall and the Uralla and Kentucky Markets also.

I have Facebook and Instagram where I am always posting my latest creations.

Thanks, Jackson, for sharing with us!

Inspiration #025

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Even though life gets in the way, don’t you just wish that you could sometimes….?

This week’s inspiration is a free printable. ¬†Want more?

Follow the link to see what other craft-inspired printables are available at The Plaid.

Image credit: Duality

My Favourite Things: Sue Bowden

Each month, one of our members gets to pick their favourite things in Walcha Handmade…

This month we caught Sue as she was working her day, and asked her what her 5 favourite things were currently in-store…

orange and yellow stuffed toy owl

I’m fond of all of the stuffed toys. ¬†They’re so cute, and obviously well made (and made with love!)

plant with yellow flowers

Dominique’s plants are fresh and unusual, and the bulbs always look healthy.

colourful scrap fabric wall art

Emma’s scrap fabric wall art is such a unique and creative piece.

recycled horseshoe nail mini animal sculptures

The steers made by the Men’s Shed – I just love them! They’re quirky and it’s a really nice use of recycled materials.

found driftwood sculptural art

This driftwood timber hanging is lovely and rustic and reminds me of the Aussie bush.

Thanks, Sue.

Inspiration #024

make today awesome inspirational quote

what bit of awesome are you going to achieve today?

Image credit – Positive Print by Mad Kitty Media