COVID-19 is here and we can’t run our courses for the time being. So, whether you are in quarantine, self isolating or social distancing we thought everyone could do with a bit of creativity to encourage action, wellness and sense of remote community.
We have 7 prompts for 7 days of 7 crafts you can do with things you might already have at home.
We will be posting 7 activities over the next week with tutorials for makes that you can try at home with things from your recycling!
Please share your own makes and ideas too. Using the #covidcrafting and tag @cambridgeartmakers. Be inspired by our prompts or come up with your own. Lets make this viral! (the good sort!)
If you’re not on Instagram but would like us to share your makes with people there you can also email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the information you are happy for us to share.
(started March 14th 2020)
Previously we said we’d start sharing some of our other creative ideas here too. We’re adding these to this page as we go. The seven original craft ideas are still on this page, just scroll further down!
Make sure you keep creating, we’d love to see what you make, if you have any projects you would like to share then tag us #covidcrafting @cambridgeartmakers on your social media channels or email us email@example.com and we will share them with our followers.
Keep making time for making!
Our Watercolour Flowers course tutor, Janet Edwards, has very kindly done some lovely line drawings of flowers that can be printed off and coloured in. A very relaxing activity!
If anyone wants to sew some scrubs contact Scrubs for Cambridgeshire via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/266773998025014/
If you aren’t a sewer but would like to contribute, Make Cambridge have been supplying us with fabric which they and the Cambridge Fabric Company have been supplying themselves. They would love donations to fund this moving forward: https://www.gofundme.com/f/scrubs-for-cambridge
These coveted pin cushions found in the Cambridge Art Makers’ studio are super simple to make if you have some felt, stuffing and a needle and thread lying around!
You just need to cut five ovals and sew them together, half an oval at a time so you end up with five leaves.
We use blanket stitch so it looks spikey on the seams before you even put pins in.
Remember to put some stuffing in before you stitch the final pairing!
They look lovely in little terracotta pots, we just super glued them in.
Hopefully the video and drawings help if you are struggling to work it out. If you want more direction, let us know.
Rosemary has been making miniature bunting using all kinds of paper scraps from old envelopes to off cuts of Cambridge Imprint wrapping paper.
It’s so easy and therapeutic; just cut diamonds of paper, arrange the colours and patterns you like and stick them over pieces of string to make cheerful rows of triangle flags. Lovely to pop in the post to someone who needs cheering up.
Top Tip – it’s easier to fold the paper first and cut triangles so they match up nicely when you stick them.
Linton Children’s Book Festival was supposed to be the weekend of the 16th – 17th May and we were looking forward to doing some dragon themed craft with them. They have had to postpone the festival until next year but we thought it would be nice to share the dragon mask we prepared as a colouring sheet or to be made into a mask.
The Original #covidcrafting
We’ve gone for inspiration here rather than full instructional videos and details. Many of our current followers will have already used some of these skills in the past so we didn’t want to bore them with the details 😉
If you’re new here though you should be able to find detailed instructions online, or email us if you would like help from us and we’ll see what we can do 🙂
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