Power cuts, power cuts, power cuts... ah, what can we say? No use complaining any more than we already have, so we're just getting on with it as best we can! This month we bring you window treatment ideas to keep the heat at bay, a chance to win a ribbon embroidery book, and of course all the usual market and event info.
Craft focus: Window TreatmentsFebruary is pretty warm down here in the Cape. Actually warm isn't quite the right word. It's more like excruciatingly unbelievably fiery hot. And windy of course. Hot wind. And in this kind of weather, my mind naturally turns to ways of keeping the sun and heat out of the house. So I thought it may be a good idea to give you a few ideas around window treatments this month.
Make your own
Visit Alternative Windows for clear, easy-to-follow instructions for making a range of blinds, including roman blinds, austrian blinds, roller blinds and more. This is one of the most user-friendly craft sites I've come across in a long time. The text instructions are accompanied by very clear colour diagrams, and will leave you in no doubt as to what you're supposed to be doing.
There are a few ways to add interest to plain, tired curtains and blinds. Here are a couple of ideas:
An instructional book to get you started
Complete Curtain-Making Course provides a guide to creating a wide range of curtain styles and window dressings.
It features 250 colour photos, many of which are close-up step-by-step pictures.
The book includes instructions for making basic blinds, curtains, pelmets and tiebacks, from luxurious to plain, functional to purely decorative. Inspiration is provided for every room of the house.
Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork
Tips for crafters
That's all for this edition. Enjoy all the craft markets, enjoy Hobby-X if you're in the Jo'burg area, and please forward the Gazette to all the crafters you know! Watch out next month for some VERY exciting news about the Red Balloon web site...
Till next time, take care.
What's on in March
Arts & Crafts at the Bokkie Park
4 March, 9am-3pm, Bokkie Park, Southvale Rd, Parkdene, Boksburg
Irene Arts & Village Market
11 March, 9am-2pm, Smuts House Museum, Jan Smuts Avenue, Irene
Field & Study Centre Craft Market
5 March, 9am-3pm, Louise Ave, Parkmore, just off William Nicol
Princess Crossing Craft Mall
Daily, 9am-5pm (till 4pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays), Princess Crossing Shopping Centre, 55 Ontdekkers Road, Roodepoort
B&B Rooftop Market
Every Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Upper Level, Mall of Rosebank
Every Saturday, Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Hillfox Value Centre, Hendrik Potgieter Dr, Weltevreden Park
Countryside Craft Market
Every Saturday, Sunday & public holiday, 9am-5pm, Gardenworld, Beyers Naude Dr, Muldersdrift
Hatfield Arts and Craft Market
Every Saturday, Sunday & public holiday, 9am-4.30pm, Hatfield Shopping Centre, Burnett St, Pretoria
4 March, 9am-3pm, Magnolia Dell, cnr Queen Wilhelmina Dr and University Rd, Muckleneuk
Essenwood Craft Market
Every Saturday, 9am-2pm, Essenwood Park, Cnr Essenwood and St Thomas Rd, Berea, Durban
Daily, 9am-4.30pm, 9 Old Main Road, Hillcrest
Ballito Coast Market
Every Saturday, 8am-12.30pm, Ballito
Wilderness Craft Market
12 March, 9.30am-2.30pm, opposite the Protea Hotel
Every Saturday, 8am-12.30pm, On the N2, next to Engen, Sedgefield
Durbanville Craft Market
4 March, 8.30am-2pm, Rust en Vrede, Wellington Rd, Durbanville
Cape Gate Craft Market
5 March, 9am-2pm, Trade Centre parking area, Cape Gate, Brackenfell
Rondebosch Craft in the Park
4, 11 March, 9am-4pm, cnr Campground & Sandown Rd
Hout Bay Craft Market
Every Sunday, 8am-4pm, Hout Bay Village Green, Main Rd
Prince Albert Market
Every Saturday, 8am-5pm, Church Road, next to museum,
Fisherman's Village Craft Market
Every Saturday, 9.30am-2.30pm, Lemm's Corner, Old Harbour Road, Hermanus
Waterfront Craft Market
Daily, 9.30am-6pm, The Blue Shed, V&A Waterfront
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