At the beginning of the year, I asked everyone if there was anything that they would like to have a go at during 2018. An art or craft that they’d never tried but that could be tried here in the group. In the past we’ve tried oil pastels and brusho. Top of the list for this year was Fimo polymer clay.
Today was the day! Armed with a selection to 10 different colours of the classic professional fimo (black, white, chocolate, yellow, red, green, blue, purple, magenta and teal) small ceramic tiles to work on, a sharp knife, an embossing tool to shape any fiddly bits and some over-sized knitting needles to use as rolling pins, we had a basic kit to get started.
A serious amount of time was spent looking through Pinterest and googling “fimo animals” for inspiration. Then we had too much inspiration! Sometimes having the world at your finger tips is not a good thing. But finally choices were made and creatures began to take shape.
Fimo is very easy to use. It’s like plasticise for adults. It is easy to mould once it is warm, and colours are easy to mix together. You can even find ‘recipes’ online telling you how to mix certain colours! Once you have finished, simply bake your creation in a domestic oven, on a baking sheet for 30 minutes at 100•c 230•f and allow to cool.
The only limit is your imagination!
Occasionally at our Wednesday Arts Cafè we discover that there is something that we’d all like to have a go at. After watching the recent BBC Four series MAKE Craft Britain, making rag rugs,specifically Hooky Rugs, was one such thing! Every region has it’s own variation in the rag rug. Here in the North East, we have two traditional types – the Clippy rug, where short scraps of fabric are doubled over, pulled through a hessian backing and knotted, and the Hooky rug, where a long length of scrap fabric is pulled up multiple times through the hessian backing to form looks with a big, oversized hook. Hence the name.
I ordered myself a hook and some hessian from a wonderful family company in Cornwall, http://www.makings.co.uk who send out useful instruction leaflets with their hooks! My thinking was that if I could do it, then it would be easy to show those interested in the Arts Cafè. And I was amazed at just how easy it was! Here is my finished chair pad…
This week at the Arts Cafè, now that more hooks had arrived, several people had a go at Hooky rugs, a thing they’d wanted to do for years but never had the chance before. One of our members, Tegan, documented the whole process in her blog, A Sky Full Of Stories. Definitely worth a read!