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
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    Owl applique pillow class in session

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    Hand applique of owl pillow

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    Even the gentlemen are having fun sewing!

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    We have kids joining us too

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    Completed applique pillow by student

  2. Owl Plush Toy Workshop
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    Owl plush class in session

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    Hand applique of owl’s body

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    Stuffing the owl plush toy

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    Final stitching of owl plush toy

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    Completed owl plush toys by students

  3. Tote Bag Workshop
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    Tote bag workshop in session

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    Completed Star Wars tote bag by student

  4. Patchwork Pillow Workshop
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    Student at work on pillow top

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    Patchwork pillow class in session

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    Pressing of pillow top

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    Piecing of patchwork pillow top

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    Students busy at work on their patchwork pillows

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    Completed patchwork pillow by student

  5. Christmas Ornaments Workshop
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    Putting Mr Snowman together

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    Christmas ornaments workshop in session

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    Sewing of snowman ornament

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    Completed Christmas ornaments

  6. Christmas Tree Pillow Workshop

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    Applique is done and ready for final assembly

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Assembly of Christmas applique pillow

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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! :)

My Melbourne Escape

It’s been a long while since I updated my blog as I’ve been busy preparing my well-deserved trip to Melbourne, Australia. I was there from 26 June to 6 July and just got back a few days ago. It was a wonderful trip and it has been ages since I had such a great time!  Not only did I get the chance to catch up with old friends, I also had the opportunity to visit the Craft & Quilt Fair at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on my first day of arrival. I’m just so blessed the event coincided with my trip! This is the first time I attended a quilt show and it was truly an eye opener. Well, we are talking about hundreds of professional quilters and crafters from across Australia and overseas who  exhibited their products! Everywhere I went, there were beautiful quilts and craft creations being displayed, and I’ve never seen such an extensive range of products on show!  Anything from quilts, bags and fashion to plush toys, notions and patterns. You name it, you have it! There were also talks and workshops conducted by esteemed crafters at regular intervals. Over at a corner, there were gorgeous quilts on display for the annual quilt competition. What I saw left me in awe as I’ve never seen such beautiful quilts before!  Not just that, I’m amazed by the creativity of these Aussie quilters as it didn’t occur to me that some quilts could be done in a certain way!

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Besides the the craft show, I also took the effort to visit craft markets in the city, just to check out what the local crafters are doing, in the hope it could give me fresh inspirations for my craft business. I visited the Rose Street Artists Market and St Kilda Esplanade over the two weekends I was there.

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Again, I’m fascinated by the creativity of the Aussie crafters. There’s such a huge buzz and vibrant arts & crafts scene in Melbourne which I think Singapore crafters can learn from.  No wonder there are so many talented crafters there, owing to the space and culture there to encourage people to do so.

For more exciting updates of my Melbourne trip, check out my travel blog at http://vivientraveljournal.blogspot.sg/.

Mug Rugs from Pam

I received the beautiful mug rugs from my swap partner Pam a few days ago, which made their way safely to Singapore from USA!  It was so exciting to receive the mug rugs, and boy was I amazed when I opened the package to see loads of other goodies which Pam sent over!  There were two packs of Hannah Montana fabric squares, one pack of charm squares from my favourite Figtree Quilts collection “Gypsy Rose” and a notepad with a pen.  It was so sweet and thoughtful of her.  God does wonderful things connecting two people from miles away.  It’s just so amazing how Pam even knows I’m a fan of Figtree Quilts!

I love the colour combinations, so pastel and very suitable for spring.  Pam’s workmanship and quilting skills are just excellent, from the way little details like the small butterfly and lines on the basket are sewn.

Mug rugs and goodies from Pam

Mug rugs and goodies from Pam

Springtime mug rugs from Pam

Springtime mug rugs from Pam

Growing flowers mug rug

Growing flowers mug rug

Flower basket mug rug

Flower basket mug rug

I love how she used embroidery to sew the quilt label, so professionally and uniquely done!

Quilt Labels

Quilt Labels

This is my best swap so far, as the previous two didn’t turn out very well.  Very glad to know a new friend from this swap!  I hope she receives my mug rugs soon, and will like what I’ve made for her.

Springtime Mug Rugs are Completed

After working on the mug rugs for a few weeks, they are finally completed!  I hope I had more time to work on them though and improve on the colour combinations.  It’s a pity I was really ill over the past few weeks and had to cope with the children’s exams at the same time, and could not dedicate more time and efforts into making better ones.  In addition, I had to meet the deadline of shipping the mug rugs over by 13 May.

Check out the mug rugs which I sent to my swap partner Pam from USA early this week.  I’ve just received the beautiful mug rugs she made for me with loads of goodies, which I’ll share in my next blog post.  Hope she’ll receive my mug rugs soon.

The Springtime Mug Rugs are completed

The Springtime Mug Rugs are completed

Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Flower Basket Mug Rug

Flower Basket Mug Rug

Quilt label for Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Quilt label for Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Quilt label for Flower Basket Mug Rug

Quilt label for Flower Basket Mug Rug

I also spent some time to sew a cardholder for Pam.  I hope she likes it!

A little goodie for Pam - namecard holder

A little goodie for Pam – namecard holder

Celebrating the Birth of a Butterfly!

After a long journey of two years, the Hungry Caterpillar quilt is finally completed!  No words can explain the exhilaration and joy as we see the transition of a little caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly!  The completed quilt measures 64″ x 92″, my biggest project so far!

Check out my masterpiece!

The completed Hungry Caterpillar quilt, standing proud and tall

The completed Hungry Caterpillar quilt, standing proud and tall

Edith & Eponine holding up the completed quilt proudly

Edith & Eponine holding up the completed quilt proudly

Well of course, the happiest has to be the lucky recipient of the quilt!

Eponine snuggling up with the quilt, while reading her favourite "The Little Hungry Caterpillar" storybook

Eponine snuggling up with the quilt, while reading her favourite “The Hungry Caterpillar” storybook

Eponine snuggling up comfortably with the quilt she's looking forward to for the past two years!

Eponine snuggling up comfortably with the quilt she’s looking forward to for the past two years!

Good night...and sweet dreams with tiny caterpillars!

Good night…and sweet dreams with tiny caterpillars!

Sweet dreams....with the Hungry Caterpillar quilt

Sweet dreams….with the Hungry Caterpillar quilt

Sharing some snapshots of how the binding of the quilt is done.

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I feel a bit helpless now that the quilt is finally completed.  It’s a surreal feeling, as I didn’t expect myself to pull through the entire process.  Very glad that my hard work and perseverance paid off!

Now, time to move on to the next project!  :)

Binding the Caterpillar Quilt

It’s time to bind the Hungry Caterpillar quilt!  This is not my favourite step of the quilting process, but an important one to wrap up the project.

I start off the process by cutting off all excess backing fabrics and batting, to ensure that the top and backing are of the same size.  I take great care in the cutting to ensure that not too much or too less is snipped off.  After all, so much work has been put into the quilt thus far, and we wouldn’t want to create a boo-boo at this critical stage to ruin the beautiful quilt!

Cutting excess fabrics off

Cutting excess fabrics off

Removing basting pins

Removing basting pins

Quilt with access fabrics cut off, ready for binding!

Quilt with access fabrics cut off, ready for binding!

After the cutting has been completed, I attach the binding.  The 2.5″ strips had been sewn together earlier to form a long binding strip, and pressed in half length-wise.  The binding is attached one side at a time.

One side of the quilt with binding attached

One side of the quilt with binding attached

A closer look at the attached binding

A closer look at the attached binding

The binding is sewn on using a 1/4″ seam.

Now's the time to start sewing the binding!

Now’s the time to start sewing the binding!

Sewing the binding with 1/4" seam

Sewing the binding with 1/4″ seam

I prefer to do a mitered corner binding, for a nicer finish.

Quilt with mitered corner binding attached

Quilt with mitered corner binding attached

Closeup of attaching a mitered corner binding

Closeup of attaching a mitered corner binding

Viola!  The quilt with all four sides of binding all attached!  But….this is not all, now comes the tedious process of hand stitching the top part of the binding to the back of the fabric.  I’m targeting to have the binding handsewn in a week’s time, as it’ll make a little girl very happy, enjoying her sweet slumbers with wriggly caterpillars!  I’ll be sharing more updates in my next blog post!

Binding is attached on all four sides of quilt

Binding is attached on all four sides of quilt

Quilting is Completed!

After what seemed like ages, I’ve FINALLY finished quilting the top of the Hungry Caterpillar quilt.  I think I’ve been attempting to do FMQ since one year ago!  Really glad I’ve broken out of my comfort zone to try out more FMQ designs, instead of the usual meandering.  From what seemed impossible, I’m proud of myself of having come thus far.

I’m now left with the final step of doing binding….yeah!  Targeting to get it finished over the next two weeks.  Can’t wait to complete this, as I’ve promised Eponine to complete it by her 12th birthday in April.  In fact, this is supposed to be for her birthday pressie last April!  LOL

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