Friendly Plastic at The Craft Barn

Last Friday I taught my first Friendly Plastic class at The Craft Barn in Lingfield, Surrey.  It is a magical place.  Not only is the building ancient and quirky with beams and creaky floors, but  the shop itself is full of craft materials, and is one of the best stocked independent craft shops I have ever seen.  The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and Sandy, who owns the shop, works her socks off to keep it that way.  They run demo days (I was doing an FP demo on Saturday), Extravaganzas where there are loads and loads of demos going on in various locations around the village all weekend – this year it is the 30th June / 1st July.  They have regular classes and a blog full of tips on materials and projects, and their website is crammed full of useful stuff.  It is a vibrant and inspiring place to go, so if you have not yet been, it is really worth the effort of getting there.

The class was full, 12 delightful ladies joined me for a day of exploring and experimenting with Friendly Plastic.  Everyone worked really hard all day, and should be proud of the results of their efforts.

As you can see from these pictures, they tried out a lot of different techniques during the day, including Lacework, Oooze, Embedding, Patchwork and making beads.


They also learnt how to recycle their scraps and re-colour them using foils, metal flake and mica powders.

Sometimes the most revolting lace can give the best effects with Oooze.

They discovered the joys of using Peel Off stickers, and were amazed at the textural effects of different meshes and lace.

Stamping and colouring with Gleams gilding wax created gorgeous textural surfaces.

Ladder yarn is lovely embedded into FP

We were also treated to some home made cup cakes with marzipan in the middle, and some chocolate ones on the Saturday demo day.  It was a real pleasure to meet so many enthusiastic and hard working people on Friday, and to meet so many others who were addicted to FP, or about to become so after my demos on Saturday!

My thanks to Sandy and the team for taking such good care of me, and a special mention for Emmy who did a stirling job as Tea Fairy for my all day.  I am looking forward to the Extravaganza weekend and my next class (which now only has 3 places left in case you were thinking of booking).  Sandy and I plan another Friendly Plastic class later on in the year or next year.