By knittykittybangbang, Sep 17 2014 10:05AM

Knittykittybangbang’s basic sewing class has now been running for 2 weeks and I am seriously impressed with the items the students are making!

Week 1 we started off making a basic envelope cushion cover. Students produced their own patterns, then cut and stitched up their own cushions. Almost everyone finished at least 1 cushion in class and nobody sewed themselves to anything or swore!!

Last night everyone started on making their own bags. They were told how to make a very basic pattern then they all amended it to produce their own designs. Each design was different and unique and I can’t wait to see them all finished next week! It’s amazing that on the first week most people weren’t sure how to thread their machine up and now they are making their own patterns without a second thought!

After our bags we are moving on to skirts. Not everyone wanted to make a skirt so 3 have decided to make dresses the brave brave people!

By knittykittybangbang, Aug 11 2014 09:14AM

I met Magda from My Decor Ideas at one of the very first fairs I attended in the early days of knittykittybangbang. The fair was a complete disaster, but Magda and I stayed in touch and she has attended almost every one of the knittykittybangbang presents events. I've seen her progress from making cushions and small painted household items, to completely renovating everything from shelves to chaise as well as making her own candles.

On 1st August, Magda took the brave step of opening up her own shop! Any excuse for a party, of course, so along to the opening I went and ate cake and drank fizz. Magda has really great taste so I knew the shop would be gorgeous and it is!

Magda is an example of what hard work can do, as well as proving that craft doesn't have to be twee. Her pieces have a 'modern rural' feel, using beautiful, comfortable and warm materials, but in, as the name suggests, a more urban colour pallette and slick lines than the usual shabby chic look.

Shades of Blue and Grey is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11am, 281 Holburn Street, Aberdeen (parking directly across the road)

By knittykittybangbang, Jul 24 2014 03:22PM

This seems to be the attitude of a lot of crafters to facebook events - much to the pain and suffering of fair organisers across the board! So why DO we bang on about facebook events all the time? Hopefully this article will enlighten you....

How facebook works, in the nicest possible way, is like a virus - the more people come in contact with its content, the more that content spreads. Facebook events are NOT just about advertising the event on that day, although of course that is a big part, but they are also about collectively getting together and promoting every single stallholder there in a very quick and cheap way.

Check out the flowchart that shows this spread. You see it doesn't actually matter whether or not the people you invite can attend the event, everyone who doesn't actually press 'decline' will still see promotional material from the event, and given that most of us have options for people to buy online, this is very very useful. If you are one of those people who spends a lot of time on 'like for like' pages, I think if everyone came on board with this it would be much more fruitful in terms of actual sales.

LET'S DO THE MATHS! You can't argue with maths.

Let's take the lower end of the 'average facebook friends' number of 130, and imagine we have an event with 20 stallholders. Let's say each stallholder only invites half their friends - that's already 1300 people. 1300 people who have DEFINITELY had a notification of an invitation - not 'might have seen a share if they were online at the right time'. Let's say that half of those people actually hit the 'decline' button - that's still 650 people left who are going to see some updates from the event in their newsfeed. Let's say only 10% of those people 'join' the event or like a page or picture in it - that's another possible 8450 people (using the lower end of the average) who could be seeing your goods!

I can hear you say to yourself - 'but I don't want to annoy people'. Let's be frank businesses always need to rely to some extent on their friends and if they get pissed off at, at the most, 4 invites per month they aint that great a friend really are they? And if they find a business they love through one of your invites, they're only going to love you the more for it!

By knittykittybangbang, Jul 4 2014 02:22PM

As many of you will know, Carolyn has been blogging, under a few different names, for several years. The plan now is to combine all the separate blogs, along with stuff from classes, magazine articles that Carolyn and Craig have written and guest spots on other people's blogs, into one place! Please be a bear with us while this happens...

By knittykittybangbang, Nov 22 2012 04:39PM

The first Christmas Crafts Night held this year went so well! I am so pleased! Everyone had a great time (or so they told me anyway) and I certainly enjoyed myself.

I have set up another for 5th December in Stonehaven, if you're interested in coming along you can book through the shop section of the website :)