An Unwanted Birthday

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Sad Stefano and Friends at Blackbird, Margate

I had a lovely weekend at the opening of my show at Blackbird in Margate, it was great to get some fantastic feedback and sell two paintings on the first day of opening which has made my year! I am the featured maker at this gorgeous shop which is based in the heart of Margate's old town, just a stone's throw away from the newly opened Turner Contemporary. 

I have launched my new website which is at where you will find more images of my work and you can sign up to my newsletter so you don't miss out on my next show!

I will be leading three workshops at Blackbird on 21st and 22nd May. See all the info below...

B l a c k b i r d
Creative Textiles Workshop - Knitted Memories 
with Emma Challacombe MA RCA
Memories, pets and favourite objects will serve as inspiration to get your creativity flowing. This easy and enjoyable beginners workshop is suitable for all. Have fun with colour, texture and imagination. Learn to knit a simple square which can be transformed into a personal keepsake or memento such as a brooch. Once you have mastered the basics of hand knitting you will be talked through further options and encouraged to explore possibilities for embellishment such as felting, appliqué and hand embroidery. Learn how to construct colourful textural mementos to adorn yourself or your home + they make ideal gifts too!
What to bring:
You only need to bring yourself and your imagination, all materials and refreshments will be provided. You may want to bring pet or childhood photos or other images as a visual reference. We have lots of books and magazines at the studio if you get stuck for ideas and Emma will bring lots of yummy textile samples to show everyone.
A three hour workshop costs £30 per person + £10 materials. 
You’ll be supplied with your own starter kit in a calico bag, to take home.
Your kit will include:
Pair of knitting needles, 1 x ball of 100% wool yarn, felt and fabric pieces for embellishment,1 x thread skein, 2 x brooch findings and a set of printed notes.
Dates and Times
Session 1 Saturday 21st May: 10am – 1pm
Session 2 Saturday 21st May:  2pm – 5pm
Session 3 Sunday 22nd May: 10am – 1pm
Maximum of 6 people per session. There are three sessions to choose from.
Please book in person by visiting the shop in Margate you will need to pay in advance to secure your place. 
Please ring for further details or to check availability on: 01843 229 533.
NB: this is an adult mixed ability workshop.

No 2 Market Place, Margate Kent, CT9 1ER
T: 01843 229 533 E:

'Sailboat Hat'
The little yellow sailboat hat was all that Erin Musket had to remember the fateful voyage by. That and one small luggage tag with the initials E.M.

A new product by me, knitted and needlepoint brooches with crochet and embroidery details in bright colours to jolly up an outfit on a grey day, available at Blackbird until 29th May. My workshops will show you how to make a simple hand knitted brooch, sign up for a workshop at Blackbird today!

'Pet Party' 
The arrival of Hubert was the final straw for the house dog companion Trixie 

'Pet Party' has now gone to a very good home, sold on the first day of opening.... YEY!!!

'An Unwanted Birthday' 
Petula always hated birthdays, but this time she really meant it, so much was her repulsion for the annual event that she refused to blow out the candles on her orange blossom fondant confection, in the vain hope it may cancel getting another year older. Percy the small house guest was more than a little bit angry at the prospect of a party without cake.

A photo from inside the wonderful Blackbird shop, lots of beautiful jewellery, ceramics, greetings cards and gift wrap and lots more besides!
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Glorious Margate old town enjoying lots of visitors on the grand opening of the Turner Contemporary, and my show Sad Stefano and Friends, of course!

The newly opened Turner Contemporary

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