Craft Workshops in Singapore

Hope everyone had a blessed and joyful Christmas!  It has been a crazy two months for me fulfilling Christmas orders, participating in craft markets, conducting craft workshops in Singapore and more!  Not forgetting that it is also the December school holidays and I need to find activities to entertain the kids too!  I’ve been wanting to update my blog with the craft workshops in Singapore that I’ve been conducting but it has been such a mad house I couldn’t find the time to do so.  Since I’m taking my well-deserved break now, it’s time I update everyone on what I have been up to.

Becoming a sewing and craft instructor was not something in my agenda, but something that’s God sent!  :)  Over the past year, I’ve been getting queries on whether I am conducting sewing and craft workshops in Singapore.  Gradually, it started to dawn on me that this could be my calling, apart from selling my handmade creations.  In addition, I have always enjoyed teaching and sharing my knowledge with people around me.  Starting sewing and craft workshops in Singapore thus looked like the next natural thing to do.

It all started in June this year when friends from a Facebook sewing group asked if I could conduct applique classes.  I had wanted to start a class for four or five people but it ended up over-subscribed with more than 50 people on the waiting list!  This really kick-started a whole string of craft workshops in Singapore, with my first class in July.  Since then, there were requests for other sewing and craft classes such as plush toy making, patchwork, basic sewing, tote bag making and more, which kept me busy for the past few months!

So far, I’ve been conducting classes at home, students’ homes, Spotlight and other craft events.  Both private and small group classes are available.  I’ve been conducting craft workshops in Singapore for the past six months and I wanted to share that the journey has been wonderful and most enriching!  It has made my crafting journey more meaningful and fulfilling, as it allowed me to be more engaged with like-minded people in the crafting community.  In a nutshell, it has raised my self-esteem and confidence as a “professional” crafter whom students look up to.  I enjoy every single moment in a class, whether it’s for one or ten students, and always look forward to the next one.  I guess the most fulfilling part of being an instructor is seeing my students grow from strength to strength and knowing how my sharing has made them progress in their crafting journey.

Check out some photos of the craft workshops in Singapore I had conducted over the past few months:

  1. Owl Applique Pillow Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Owl applique pillow class in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Hand applique of owl pillow

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Even the gentlemen are having fun sewing!

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    We have kids joining us too

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed applique pillow by student

  2. Owl Plush Toy Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Owl plush class in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Hand applique of owl’s body

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Stuffing the owl plush toy

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Final stitching of owl plush toy

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed owl plush toys by students

  3. Tote Bag Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Tote bag workshop in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed Star Wars tote bag by student

  4. Patchwork Pillow Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Student at work on pillow top

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Patchwork pillow class in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Pressing of pillow top

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Piecing of patchwork pillow top

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Students busy at work on their patchwork pillows

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed patchwork pillow by student

  5. Christmas Ornaments Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Putting Mr Snowman together

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Christmas ornaments workshop in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Sewing of snowman ornament

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed Christmas ornaments

  6. Christmas Tree Pillow Workshop

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Applique is done and ready for final assembly

Craft Workshops in Singapore

Assembly of Christmas applique pillow

Craft Workshops in Singapore

Completed Christmas applique pillow by student

In 2016, I will be introducing a series of new craft workshops in Singapore such as basic quilting, drawstring bag, felt ornaments, mug rugs and more . These are what I will be teaching in January 2016:

1. Owl Plush Toy Workshop
Date: 3 & 17 January 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $70 (2 sessions)

2. Basic Sewing Workshop
Date: 5 January 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $50

3. Owl Applique Pillow Workshop
Date: 12 January 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $50

Date: 18 January 2016 (Monday)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Tanglin Halt (near Commonwealth MRT)
Fee: $50

4. Flowers Mug Rug Workshop
Date: 15 January 2016 (Friday)
Time: 2pm to 7pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $60

5. Felt Animal Keychains/Brooches Workshop
Date: 16 January 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

Date: 20 January 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

Date: 30 January 2016 (Saturday) – CNY-themed
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

6. CNY Pineapple Coaster Workshop
Date: 27 January 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

7. Owl Mug Rug Workshop
Date: 29 January 2016 (Friday)
Time: 2pm to 7pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $60

8. Patchwork Pillow Workshop
Date: 31 January 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $60

For more details, visit my Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/madewithcotton/ or https://lessonsgowhere.com.sg/lesson-providers/the-cotton-shoppe.  Visit http://madewithcotton.com/sewing-classes-in-singapore/ for more information on my workshops.  If you are interested to join my craft workshops in Singapore, email me at vivien@thecottonshoppe.com or SMS/Whatsapp 9337-7872.  My workshops size is kept small for better interaction, and spots tend to be filled up rather quickly.  Register early to avoid disappointment! Hope to see you in class in 2016! :)

Kokka Fabrics in Singapore

I know I’ve been guilty for not updating this blog as often as I wished to.  It has been extremely crazy for me over the past few months with my new fabrics business, fulfilling custom orders (as always) and launch of my sewing workshops (more on this in my upcoming blog posts!).  The launch of our Kokka fabrics in August was a great success.  Thank you everyone for your great support and encouragement!

The Nani IRO fabrics was a phenomena.  They were selling like hot cakes even during the pre-order period, far beyond our expectations!  We sold over 50% of the 25 bolts of Nani IRO fabrics we imported in August alone and currently, we only have remnants left for most of the collections.  Likewise, the kawaii Kokka Fabrics we brought in are also a hot favourite, with some collections sold out by now.

So, we have many customers who were disappointed that they couldn’t lay their hands on the gorgeous collections from Kokka Fabrics and Nani IRO.  Many asked if we are going to restock from Japan.  Sadly, most of these pretty collections are also out of stock in Japan and we are unable to restock anymore.  However, the good news is, the new 2016 collections will be out soon and we are definitely looking into importing more gorgeous collections from Kokka Fabrics and Nani IRO!

We have all of our collections from Kokka Fabrics and Nani IRO listed in Etsy.  Here are some of the kawaii fabrics we listed recently:

Kokka Fabrics

Little Red Riding Hood Double Gauze Collection

Kokka Fabrics

Forest Animals Double Gauze Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Sailor Cotton Oxford Collection

Kokka Fabrics

Dogs, Cats and Rabbits Double Gauze Collection

Kokka Fabrics

Zoo Animals Cotton Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Cars Cotton Oxford Collection

Kokka Fabrics

Chef Cotton Oxford Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Knights Cotton Oxford Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Patchwork Animals Cotton Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Marine Canvas Collection

Our favourite has to be the kawaii Alice In Wonderland collections!  They come in both cotton and canvas materials:

Kokka Fabrics

Alice in Wonderland Canvas Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Alice in Wonderland Canvas Collections

Kokka Fabrics

Alice in Wonderland Cotton Collections

We have very limited quantities left of some of these collections. Visit our Etsy store at www.thecottonshoppe.etsy.com to check them out before they fly off the shelves!  We are also currently running a 15% storewide discount for our fabrics.  Do visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/madewithcotton to find out how to claim this offer!

We will also be setting up a booth at the Public Garden Consumer Trade Show on 24 & 25 October at Suntec Convention Hall 403.  Come visit us to see our kawaii Japanese fabrics!  More updates on this coming soon :)

Nani IRO Fabric (Kokka Japan)

It’s just about eight days to the launch of our Japanese fabrics in Etsy and we are counting down!  They are so kawaii and pretty and simply irresistible!  As mentioned in my previous blog post, I was so blessed to receive the distributorship for the Nani IRO fabric collections.  They were on my #1 wishlist and I love every single design that’s out there.  If there’s one fabric I need to own, it has to be Nani IRO fabric!  😉

If you’ve never heard of Nani IRO, it is a label designed for Kokka Japan by famous Japanese artist Naomi Ito.  It consists of beautiful collections that are seen as art on fabric and watercolor still life on fabric. Most of the Nani IRO fabric comes in 100% cotton double gauze material, which are widely used for dressmaking and light interior items such as quilts and bed linen.  If you are not sure what a double gauze material is, they are manufactured from two layers of open woven (mesh-like) textile that are attached to each other using small almost invisible stabbing. Japan is famous for the manufacture of perfect double gauze fabrics.  Frankly, I’ve never seen double gauze cotton till I shipped Nani IRO fabric over and I can’t stop raving about how soft and comfortable they are!

Besides double gauze cotton, there are also various designs from Nani IRO fabric collections that are printed on a smooth blend of linen and cotton.  These are the heavier weight fabrics which are ideal for home decor items, bags and thicker clothings.

Some of the collections I’m carrying include En Garden, Poppy Trip, Mountain Views, Spectacle, Birds Eye, Pocho and more!  Aren’t they so pretty?  I’m still in the process of photographing these pretty fabrics and will be sharing more once the images are ready.

Nani IRO Fabric

Assorted Nani IRO Fabrics

Nani IRO Fabric

Nani IRO En Garden Collection

Nani IRO Fabric

Nani IRO Poppy Trip Collection

If you want to be kept up to date on my fabrics launch, please follow me at my Facebook www.facebook.com/madewithcotton or Instagram @the_cotton_shoppe.  Watch out for the special preview sale I’m running this weekend! 😉

Japanese Fabric Store in Singapore

I’ve always been in love with Japanese fabrics since I started sewing.  Their designs are too cute and I love the quality of Japanese cottons with their unique weaving.  Kokka, Cosmo, Yuwa…these are some of my favourite Japanese fabric manufacturers.  However, they are so expensive to ship from Japan or elsewhere.  Over in Singapore, it is very difficult to find a good Japanese fabric store and these fabrics are usually too expensive to purchase compared to USA fabrics.

So, for years, I’ve been dreaming of owning my own Japanese fabric store selling all these awesome kawaii fabrics from Japan.  Not only can I fuel my fetish for Japanese fabrics, I’ll also be able to peg a gap in the market by making these fabrics more affordable for other crafters.   In late 2014, I finally got in touch with Kokka Japan on my wholesaling enquiries.  This was followed through with a business trip to Hong Kong in May to meet up with a Kokka representative and to select the fabrics I wish to purchase.  Thank god I’ve also found a like-minded partner for this new business venture!  After a planning which spanned over six months, I’m happy to declare that my Japanese fabric store dream has now become a reality!

On 4 July, my Japanese fabrics from Kokka finally came knocking on my door!

Japanese Fabric Store

Fabrics have finally arrived!

Japanese Fabric Store

Unpacking fabrics from the boxes

Japanese Fabric Store

My little labourers busy at work!

Japanese Fabric Store

Edith busy stacking fabrics on the shelves

Japanese Fabric Store

All fabrics are finally neatly arranged on the shelves!

Getting my hands on these pretty fabrics is really more than a dream come true!  I’ve close to 100 bolts of fabrics shipped, a good number to set up my humble Japanese fabric store.  What’s worth looking out for is my collection of Nani IRO fabrics from Kokka Japan.  Nani IRO is a Japanese label designed by Naomi Ito for Kokka Japan.  Her beautiful collections are often seen as art and watercolor still life on fabrics.  They come in a variety of material such as double gauze cotton, printed canvas and printed twill to suit all your sewing needs.  Kirei desu!

Nani IRO fabrics

My Nani IRO collection

I’ll be launching my fabrics officially in my Etsy store (www.thecottonshoppe.etsy.com) on 1 August.  So watch out for it!

Do look out for my blog posts over the next few weeks leading to the launch, as I’ll be sharing some of the kirei and kawaii fabric designs available.  You can also visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/madewithcotton or follow me at Instagram (@the_cotton_shoppe) for more updates.  (Hint: I’ll also be running a pre-launch promotion in Facebook soon, so that’s also something to look forward to!  😉

Etsy Craft Party 2015

The Cotton Shoppe was a co-organiser for the Etsy Craft Party 2015, which took place last Saturday, 6 June. This is an annual craft event which took place worldwide on 5 and 6 June this year.

Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party


Organised by Simply for Love, this annual event saw a collaboration with other talented Etsy sellers such as Azallea Craft-Smiths, Ozzy & Lulu, Rough Beauty, Noruyo Creations and The Artbug to bring about a day of making and crafting.  This is the 3rd Etsy Craft Party which Singapore is hosting and my second year of participation.

We received an overwhelming response for the Etsy Craft Party this year, with all 80 places for the craft party taken up one week before the event and many more participants on the waiting list!  This year, we are very thankful to The Playtent for the generous sponsor of their spaces in Joo Chiat for the event.  A total of about 85 people attended the event.

The theme of the craft party is Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape. Participants had the opportunity to learn about paper weaving and create paper bracelets and paper gems.

Etsy Craft Party
We saw people from all walks of life attend the event, such as families with children, couples, friends and more.  This is what crafting is about!  It bonds communities through a common language and hands-on activities using simple media like paper, fabrics, plastic and more.

Etsy Craft Party 
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
The most interesting activity during the craft party where we saw people coming together is the creation of a big community collage art piece using coloured papers and magazine pages.  It’s such a wonderful sight seeing participants cutting and glueing papers, and piecing the artwork together, as a culmination of each person’s creativity!

Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party

Etsy Craft Party
What makes a party awesome?  Yummy food of course!  Many thanks to Dainty Candy and Puteri’s Baking Boutiq who had kindly sponsored food to feed our hungry crafters and took so much efforts to decorate the food corner!  Not forgetting the refreshing lemonade drinks by Simply for Love to quench our thirst too!


Another favourite hit during the craft party was the fun photo booth and photography services, that were sponsored by Blissful Studios.  Participants and crafters present had loads of great fun posing for shots using the funky props available.  To view the fun shots, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlissfulStudiosSG.

Hang on…the sweet finale to the craft party has to be the lucky draw with attractive handmade prizes contributed by the organisers and other crafters.  There were a total of five prizes worth hundreds of dollars!  Congratulations to the lucky winners!


Many thanks to Simply for Love for distributing a certificate of appreciation to all sponsors and organisers.  It meant a lot to me and made me feel really proud to be a part of the organising committee!

The Cotton Shoppe
Here’s a group photo of the participants and our wacky team who had spent many hours and weekends putting this awesome party altogether.  See you at our Etsy Craft Party 2016!  :)

Etsy Craft Party
Etsy Craft Party

Christmas Crafts Workshops

It’s November now and Christmas is fast approaching!  Have you started your Christmas shopping or lugged those decor out of your storeroom to doll up your home for this beautiful season?  Perhaps you may even want to consider doing Christmas crafts as gifts for your loved ones, or using them as decor at home.  This would add a nice handmade feel and warmth to your home this Christmas!

There are so many Christmas crafts you could work on, such as Christmas cards, Christmas ornaments, paper wreaths, wall hangings and more.  You really don’t need to be an expert crafter to create them.  If you are an experienced crafter or quilter, you can of course work on more advanced Christmas crafts projects such as Christmas stockings, wall quilts, table runners etc.

When I was approached by my organisation to conduct an interest group activity for my colleagues last week, the first idea that came to my mind was to organise a Christmas crafts workshop.  For this, I designed a Christmas ornaments workshop, which is so appropriate for the season!  Not just that, doing craft work is really an excellent idea to bond with colleagues, friends and family members.  It is also a great means of therapy to drive all the work stress away! Everyone had fun and it was amazing seeing my colleagues putting their creativity to good use.

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

In addition, I was also invited by The Playtent to conduct a similar Christmas crafts workshop last Saturday.  Although it was not a great turnout, the workshop turned out really well.  Guess having small groups can be a perk as there are more opportunities to interact with participants.  This is my first attempt at conducting workshops and I hope it will not be the last.  It was great sharing with everyone my skills and experience.  I will be working out some plans with The Playtent to conduct more regular craft and sewing workshops next year.  Looking forward!

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

 

Christmas crafts workshop

The Playtent has more $10 Art Rojak! workshops planned for the whole of November.  Check them out now at http://www.theplaytent.com/art-rojak-10-workshops/!

Craft Workshop in Singapore

If you are looking for an affordable craft workshop in Singapore, check out the Art Rojak! workshops organised by The Playtent at http://www.theplaytent.com/art-rojak-10-workshops/.  These 1-hour workshops cost only $10 each, inclusive of all materials.  There are lots of workshops in November ranging from jewellery making, finger painting and Christmas ornaments making to Christmas origami, scrapbooking and manga drawing.  At just $10 and so many to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choices!

It’s sometimes not easy to find a good craft workshop in Singapore as there are not many studios or crafters out there conducting such classes.  If you are interested to pick up a new arts and crafts skill, or you are looking for a weekend or school holiday activity for your children, then these Art Rojak! workshops are perfect as they cater to all ages and skill levels and won’t burn a hole in your pocket!

Craft Workshop in Singapore

I’ve been invited by The Playtent to conduct the Christmas ornaments making workshop.  In this workshop, you’ll learn pattern transfer and the basics of sewing such as running stitches and edging stitches.  I would then show you how to sew simple Christmas ornaments using felt and embroidery floss.  There are three patterns available for the craft workshop – snowman, Christmas stocking and Christmas tree.  They are so cute and will add lots of warmth and cheer to your home this Christmas!  Great as stocking stuffers or simply as a decor on your mantle or Christmas tree.  Join me to find out how simple it is to put them together, they are really not as complicated as they look!  To register for my workshop, visit http://www.theplaytent.com/product/make-your-own-felt-christmas-ornament/.

 

Craft Workshop in SingaporeCraft Workshop in Singapore

For more details of the Art Rojak! series of craft workshop in Singapore, check out http://www.theplaytent.com/art-rojak-10-workshops/.  Do register early as places are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.  Grab your kids or friends for more crafting fun.  See you there!