Saturday, 15 February 2020

*NEW PATTERN* Elephant quilt


The fantastic new Elephant quilt is now available to download - please go to 'patterns to buy' (click HERE) to be able to pay via Paypal and access the downloadable pattern. The pattern is also available to buy in the studio.

Don't forget there is also the adorable 'Ele' stuffed toy pattern which would look fab in matching fabric from one of the elephants - see the pattern page for that as well (click HERE).

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Festival of broken needles celebration - relaunch of the sewing roll

In celebration of the Festival of Broken Needles or Hari-Kuyo, I thought it would be a good time to relaunch the very popular sewing roll.

The Festival of Broken Needles is celebrated in the Kanto region of Japan on the 8th of February each year (December 8th in the Kansai and Kyoto regions). A 400 year old Buddhist and Shinto celebration, which can also be called the Pin Festival or Needle Mass. It is predominantly celebrated by women in memorial and with gratitude to all of the broken sewing needles (and pins) used throughout the year. Broken needles are placed in soft tofu as women gather at local shrines or temples and thanks given for their service. No sewing takes place that day as reflection and pray for the coming sewing year occurs.

As you can imagine, this certainly is something that resonates with me and in my own gratitude and thankfulness for the past year, I thought I'd re-share one of my favourite patterns - the sewing roll. Feel free to watch the video about it below, and click HERE to buy the pattern.



Monday, 27 January 2020

Exciting asked-for pattern - 'Ele' the baby elephant


Exciting news! After being squirrelled away in the studio, being crazily creative and preparing for the studio opening on Monday 3rd February, I've finally produced the long-asked-for 'Ele' the baby elephant pattern. I know this is a pattern that many of you have been asking for over the years and I'm now thrilled that I can finally offer it to you as a download or available to buy in the studio. To buy the downloadable pattern, please visit the 'Patterns to buy' page on this blog and scroll down to access the 'Ele' pattern. As always, I'd love if you could send in pictures of your own creations as this elephant can be made uniquely through your own creative inspiration. So, go over to the 'Patterns to buy' page now or click HERE

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Studio Technician position available (deadline Friday 31st January 2020)

The Old Art Room is a mixed media studio in the heart of Swaffham. Open to the public for weekly workshop sessions in art, textiles and other mixed media, it also has a small shop based on the needs of the working studio. Jane lark is a mixed media artist, teacher and business owner with The Old Art Room as the central hub for the businesses.

Changes and growth within The Old Room has led to the need of a proactive Studio Technician to help create items and ensure their sale. Materials are provided by the studio. The position is for one day a week (Wednesdays - 8.30am-3.30pm) and is on a self-employed commission basis only only. Additional benefits can include: free access to workshop sessions, experience working in the studio with access to the equipment, encouragement with your own creative work and the chance to develop your own creativity.

Role Responsibilities

  • Sort and separate donated, recycled and created material; evaluating them for their prospective use and sales potential. 
  • Creating packs for sale including gift packs.
  • Packaging and labelling materials, for shop or sending to customers.
  • Sourcing materials.
  • Creating items using technical skills, e.g. sewing and printing.
  • Working with the Creative Director on projects and promotion.

Basic Skills
  • Sewing skills; hand and by machine.
  • Social media marketing and sales.
  • Customer service and care.

Any questions concerning the position, or to apply. Please contact Jane Clark - theoldartroom@googlemail.com . If applying, please send your CV. Deadline for applications, Friday 31st January 2020.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Secrets and samplers


The latest Old Art Room window has gone up, entitled 'secrets and samplers'.  The samplers hide the secrets and magic that is going on in the studio in January whilst it's closed - in preparation for the coming year, and trust us, it's a hive of activity here! The beautiful samplers were made on antique tray cloths which have been kindly donated to the studio over the years. These have been hand embroidered by studio team members, clients and friends and the thoughtful quotes were chosen by different people as well. We really appreciate everyone's hard work to make such an unusual window display and we hope you like it too! The video shows the work in putting the samplers together and the secret workings going on in the studio behind closed doors...Click the video picture link to watch!

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Saturday, 4 January 2020

New workshops for February 2020

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A new year means new workshops! Whilst the studio is closed for preparation work and inspiration for the rest of 2020, we can share the list of February classes. Each class has an inspiration focus or you can do your own projects. We strongly recommend that you not only book classes but also pay a deposit to guarantee your place as classes are filling up quickly. This can do be in the studio or via Paypal online. Please contact us at the studio for more information: theoldartroom@gmail.com or message us on Facebook - Click HERE
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Jane recommends the following for inspiration with February's workshops:

Fractal Patterning colouring - HERE
V&A Chinese gardens wall calendar (art calendar) - HERE
Blackwork (Royal School of Needlework Essential Stitch Guides) - HERE
Charming Packs (42 x 5" Squares - Greys, White and Black) - HERE
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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New branding on Facebook



Happy New Year and from all of us at The Old Art Room, we wish you a fruitful and productive year! For those of you who have been with us for a while, you'll have noticed some fantastic changes, the latest being the re-branding on Facebook. The Old Art Room Facebook page is another way to interact and be informed and see upcoming classes, so why not go there now and sign up now. Click HERE!

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Sign-up to The Old Art Room Newsletter!


The newsletter has really been taking off and we don't want you to miss out. The studio is closed over January to allow for creativity, preparation and planning for 2020 - the newsletter keeps you informed and inspired over this time as well. Containing information about workshops, news, updates, what's going on, behind the scenes and much more. So sign up to the newsletter now! Click HERE.


Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Harry Potter Journal Reveal


Inspired by my trip to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio in London last year, I thought I'd do a reveal of the journal I created. I'm sharing a short edit of it on here for you but if you'd like to see the full video, please click HERE. Journalling is one of the activities that you can do in the sessions in The Old Art Room and you can do it based on any theme or topic you'd like.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

New pattern! Delectable Mountains Runner.



Available to buy now - both online and in the studio, I'm pleased to share with you the new runner for this year - Delectable Mountains Runner. This runner presents as glorious swags that undulate the entire length of the pattern. As you can see from the image, it makes a fantastic Christmas runner but is also great to make in all-year-round projects, depending on what fabrics you use. The pattern uses step-by-step instructions, complete with colour photos to help you to create your runner. We've kept the price low at £4.99 and as I said, it's available to buy physically in The Old Art Room, or using Paypal to download the PDF pattern. Please click HERE to buy the PDF.

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