Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Beach Mobile Workshop

Beach Mobile Workshop - St Ives Cornwall

I recently had a lovely morning showing a family how to make a beach mobile from shells, seaglass, china etc.

There was Gran, Grandad, Mum, Dad,  Poppy and Scarlet and I think everyone enjoyed themselves and went home with a very unique memento of their holiday in St. Ives.

If you'd like to book a workshop get in touch. More details of my workshops are on:
Knitweave - Textile Art and Craft Workshops

Friday, 19 August 2011

The Cornwall Design Fair at Trereife House

Cornwall Design Fair - Trereife House

Looking forward to running a Feltmaking Workshop at The Cornwall Design Fair at Trereife House - this Saturday (20th August 2011) from 12.30 pm.

So if you are going - do come and see me and learn how to make felt - it's fun!

Trereife is just a few minutes drive from St Ives or Penzance and easy to find just off the A30 - details are on:
Trereife House - Directions

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Misty Fuse

Misty Fuse

I had a lovely morning last week trying out MistyFuse with my friend Hilary Tyreman.

This is the description on Amazon of MistyFuse:

Misty Fuse is an environmentally friendly fusible that is solvent-free and recyclable. It's been extruded to a very fine web to create a lasting bond without adding bulk. No extra adhesive to gum up your needles. It is suitable for a wide variety of fabrics from velvets and cottons to delicate tulles and silk organzas. The fusible is made from 100% thermoplastic adhesive polymer resin. Misty Fuse is a dream to work with - it handles well, is sheer and doesn't add bulk to your fused piece and bonds firmly once cooled.

I played with it in different ways, firstly just sandwiching threads etc. between two pieces of MistyFuse and then ironing between two sheets of baking parchment, then I placed threads, sequins etc., onto a piece of silk paper I had made previously to see what effect that had.  I used it in the same way as Bondaweb, the difference being that there is no stickiness and I am looking forward to trying it in the sewing machine and then using it for 3d projects.

Thanks for a fun and instructive morning Hilary!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011


Rag Rug Workshop - St Ives Cornwall

This was the second of my craft evenings and as you can see there was a full front room!

It was nice to have some younger people attending, one of whom has been a regular at my children's workshops in the library.  I am looking forward to seeing some finished rag rug pictures from people.

The next craft evening is Jewellery Making on Wednesday 24th August at 7.30 p.m.
To book a place get in touch:
01736 797 122

Details of my full programme of Craft Evenings and other workshops are on:
Jo McIntosh - Knit One Weave One

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Handmade Dolls by Ruby Ellis

Miranda - Hand Made Doll by Ruby Ellis

I would like to introduce you to three of the amazing dolls which are made by the very talented mixed media artist - Ruby Ellis.

 As well as the dolls you can see on her website - StarGazey - she will also make dolls on commission and has recently made a doll in the style of Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII!

Her attention to detail is incredible and the finished results are truly beautiful.  As well as the dolls she also makes a range of other products including fabric bowls and flowers and stunning lampshades.

Some of her dolls will be on display at Stitch n Craft in Shaftesbury throughout September and if you are in that area I would recommend going to see them as a photograph cannot do them justice.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Truro Library - Textile Course Exhibition

Creative Textiles Course - Truro Library

Over the summer you can see work done by students attending my Creative Textile Course which is held in Truro Library.

You can see examples of several techniques including batik, feltmaking, knitting with more than wool, and embroidery, rag-rug work and more.

Some students have attended the beginner's course and some have attended both the beginner's and the advanced course.

A new course starts again in September and if you would like more information please contact me:
01736 797 122

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Lino Relief Printmaking Workshop

Mermaid Print - Jo McIntosh

I recently had a brilliant day at the St Ives Society of Artists when I attended a lino relief printmaking workshop with Lee Stevenson, one of the West Penwith Printmakers who are exhibiting at the Society's Crypt Gallery until this weekend (5th August 2011).

 I originally only booked for the morning session, but enjoyed it so much I booked a place on the afternoon session as well!

Lee talked us through and demonstrated the basic techniques for cutting the design out of the lino, explaining which areas would print and also how to reverse an image before printing if necessary and then how to ink up the lino ready to print.

Thanks to Lee's excellent instruction I came away with the cut lino and several prints, onto fabric as well as paper and the desire to experiment more at home with fabrics and fabric paints.

Lee also runs one or two day workshops in relief printmaking at his studio near St Ives. For details telephone 01736 799 170 or email

Hope you like the print above. I've put more pictures in my gallery:
FaceBook - Line Relief Printmaking

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Craft Workshops For Children

Childrens' Workshop - Daisy Rings

I'm running two craft workshops for children in August - at GJ Beads - on St Erth Industrial Estate just off the A30 outside St Ives.
  • Safety Pin Jewellery - Wednesday 17th August.
  • Daisy Rings - Wednesday 31st August.
Both run from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and cost £10.00 + materials.

To book a place call 01736 751 070.

More information on:
GJ Beads Website

My full programme of workshops for adults and children is on:
Knitweave - Workshops