Craft Manchester – Our cafe’s staple projects
So as you now know we are a craft cafe and we are looking at bringing crafts and creativity to Chorlton, Manchester. We want to have a local, social hub for people to come and get inspired and creative. For this we will provide a range of arts and crafts workshops. These will be held as a workshop, at set times and days. You will be able to book onto to these workshops as an individual or as a group. They can be for an occasion or just to try something new or improve on a skill you already have.
The workshops are just one part of the business. We want to be able to provide an accessible craft for you to do while you enjoy a coffee and cake or a beer and sandwich. Something to keep your precious ones entertained while you catch up on the gossip. This will be our staple crafts.
Our staple crafts
So our staple crafts are going to be available in the cafe at all times. They are going to be Decopatch and Block printing. I am going to give some information in this blog on the two crafts. What they are, what you can make with them and a little history on each. I feel this will give you all a insight into the crafts before you come and visit us.
Decopatch is a decorative fab and funky papercraft, a bit like papier mache only much prettier! The modern twist on decoupage, it breathes life into objects, using a special paper and glue-varnish.
Influenced by a tradition of cut work that includes the paper cutting of the ancient Chinese, the felt appliqués found among the Siberian peoples, and the Polish folk art of paper cutting, decoupage originated in France in the 17th century as a means of decorating bookcases, cabinets, and other pieces of furniture.
Decopatch is created with three elements, an object to decorate, tissue paper, and glue. The object can be anything in any material. These can be anything from a paper mache ornament to a glass jar/vase to a wardrobe. Once you have perfected your skill on the small object you can move onto something bigger and more challenging. The tissue paper is what it says on the tin. There are a variety of designs and colours of papers for decopatch. You can buy the branded decopatch papers or a designed or coloured tissue paper. The tissue papers do work but they are a lot thiner then the branded range. Their fore they rip a little easier so you need to be a little more light handed with these. The glue is a sealant glue, it gives a varnished finish to the object. You can buy a branded product with this to most people like to use Mod Podge. You can however make you own version which can work out cheaper which is a lot better if you are decopatching a large object, such as a wardrobe. Your homemade glue is made up of 1 part white craft glue and 1 part water, and giving it a good mix together.
We will be stocking a variety of papers and objects for you to decorate and take home with you. What you will do is choose an object, (price coded) choose a selection of papers (price coded) and then we provide the rest of the equipment to create your masterpiece.
Wooden Block Printing
Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper.
Block printing is using a carved piece of wood or other type of block to imprint an image on fabric or paper. In the early days of printing, it was used to print entire books or fabrics. Woodblock printing on textiles is the process of printing patterns on textiles, usually of linen, cotton or silk, by means of incised wooden blocks. The wood blocks are usually hand carved by carpenters. When printing onto fabric you usually use a fabric paint, some of these can be Scola BPW300/6/A Block / Lino Printing Ink as a sample or any fabric printing inks.
Block printing is a fairly simple process and can be done by adults and children. You simply add the ink to the wood block using a sponge then lay your fabric over a foam pad and push the wooden block onto the fabric rolling it back and forth to get an even finish. The foam pad helps you achieve this. You can print onto different fabrics, canvas and papers.
We are going to stock a range of woodblock stamps and different colour inks. The use of these will all be included in the price of the item you choose to decorate. Will will stock a range of fabric items from tea towels to tote bags and canvases for you to decorate. If there is an item we don’t have you can always let us know and we can get it in for you.
So now you have a better idea of what we will be offering on a daily basis in the cafe, please sign up for the newsletter (alt the bottom of the page) so we can keep you up to date with our process. Then you can pop down and have a try with our staple projects, get creative and enjoy a treat.
Stay Crafty x