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Have you been using your time during the lockdown to start a new creative arts and crafts hobby or to dedicate to an existing interest?
 
We know there are thousands of interest groups continuing to be active during this time and producing some fantastic items.
 
Consequently, we are looking for your ideas, suggestions and pictures of what you have made while we are in this lockdown period. If you are able to direct people to resources or sources of support so that others can have a go, either on their own, or with their interest group then please do so. We will publish as many of your pictures and ideas as possible.
 

'Apron' by Fiona Lean of Chorleywood U3A

'Apron' by Fiona Lean of Chorleywood U3A

Don't throw away those old jeans!

Here's a picture of an apron I made from the seat of my pants!

The shape is there, the pockets are there, the waistband is there.

All you have to do is extend the waistband with pieces from the discarded legs, and add a contrasting binding to the edges of the apron.

'Tatting' by Germaine Kemplay-Amow of Ealing U3A

'Tatting' by Germaine Kemplay-Amow of Ealing U3A

This is advanced tatting. I was given some chunky buttons & I said I could make some broaches or pendants from them. I first learned to tatt from an Aunt of mine when I was in my teens( about 65 years ago. I belong to the ring of tatters & have demonstrated at Alexandra Palace Knitting & stitching show

'Tapestry' by June Whetherly of St Albans U3A

'Tapestry' by June Whetherly of St Albans U3A

I have in the last few years been doing tapestry weaving. This piece "Hope over the rainbow" is inspired by the principles of Permaculture learnt at a Permaculture Design course I attended in the late 90s. The principles I learnt are People care and repair, Earth care and repair and Fair shares - the motifs over the rainbow are intended to depict them.

'Screenprint Fish' by Marie Lenehan of Settle District U3A

'Screenprint Fish' by Marie Lenehan of Settle District U3A

I escaped in my imagination to the sea. I’m a ‘wild swimmer’ it is my escape. So this lino print I made was inspired by the underwater world where COVID doesn’t exist. Let your imagination loose.

'Wine bottle planters' by David Hammond & Marple Bridge & Mellor U3A

'Wine bottle planters' by David Hammond & Marple Bridge & Mellor U3A

I’ve amalgamated my love of wine and my love of glass sculpture. It seemed a shame to keep throwing away the empty wine bottles so I decided to cut the bottles in different ways to develop self watering planters.

'3D Printed Logo' by Catherine Wykes of Derby U3A

'3D Printed Logo' by Catherine Wykes of Derby U3A

I bought a Prusa 3D printer kit last summer, and have had lots of fun (as well as lots of frustration!) making a variety of things.

This week, I thought I would try to 3D print a U3A logo. The logo JPG provided on the Third Age Trust website was the foundation. Two STL files are required, one for the yellow part and the other for the blue part. The black and white JPG and its negative can be converted to SVG files, and these can then be converted to STL files which are then converted into gcode files which drive the printer.

This is when it gets tricky, because normally, the printer can change colour only when it changes layer. However, I found, through the Prusa forum, that someone has produced a modification to the slicer program which would enable colour swap between the ""yellow"" model and the ""blue"" model on each layer. Its a bit fiddly because you have to stand by and swop the filaments in each layer.

This one measures 83x28x3mm, and took about 50 minutes to print.

I've almost run out of yellow filament but will experiment with other sizes and thicknesses when I get a new supply.

I'm happy to pass on the files to anyone who wants to have a go

'Kumihimo' by Emma Lee of Settle District U3A

'Kumihimo' by Emma Lee of Settle District U3A

I learnt the art of Kumihimo. An ancient Japanese braiding technique. Originally used on a big round wooden frame to make the handles on a samurai sword.

If anyone wants any information about it, or wants to give it a go and doesn’t know where to start contact me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I’d be happy to help.

'Crochet robot' by Jacqueline Dechamps of Baddow & Galleywood U3A

'Crochet robot' by Jacqueline Dechamps of Baddow & Galleywood U3A

I crocheted my robot from Hobbycraft blog. Very easy pattern to follow and will make it again, this one is for my grandson

'Exhibition' by Andrea Valdez of Crouch End & District

'Exhibition' by Andrea Valdez of Crouch End & District

During Lockdown I have curated/posted an online exhibition selling art and craft made during Lockdown by artists and Friends of my private art gallery, The Crouch End Gallery at Front Room Art.

Front Room Art has been running since 2015 as two private North London art galleries, places where people could visit for occasional weekend exhibitions and view and buy art in friendly and informal settings. We have held numerous exhibitions and raised over £5000.00 for charity as part of our sales activities.

Recently my gallery partner Judy Gilley, moved to Buxton and we lost her gallery, the Avondale Gallery, and now The Crouch End Gallery is hoping to continue with her help from a distance.

We decided to invite former artists and Friends of Front Room Art to contribute images of work made during Lockdown and to sell it themselves (via a link on our website) provided they donated 20% to a named charity or sold it under the hashtag #artistsupportpledge. The contributors were also asked to give a short account of their Lockdown experience, which we included in the post.

I attach a screenshot of part of the exhibition which can be viewed online at Front Room Art https://frontroomart.kimvaldez.co.uk/category/news/

NB Front Room Art is not taking any commission for this exhibition, though I should add that my own artistic work is also displayed there.

'Papercraft Group Projects' by Judith Brun of Saltburn District U3A

'Papercraft Group Projects' by Judith Brun of Saltburn District U3A

During lockdown the Papercraft Group from Saltburn District U3A has been holding Zoom meetings. Each week a project is selected and when we meet online we have a show and tell time for everyone to share their 'makes'. We then discuss a project for the following week. Each member is encouraged to forward copies to me of anything they have produced and this is then uploaded onto our own website page. When possible I create diagrams and instructions for the ongoing projects which are also put on the webpage so that members who cannot join in the zoom meetings can have access and try out the projects if they wish. This picture is a snap-shot of some of the projects undertaken so far; the themes include a rainbow design; a sunburst design; a design on a garden theme; a design to include a small envelope. All the designs can be created from left-over materials and we encourage up-cycling as much as possible. To view the member's contributions and instructions visit our website Saltburndistrictu3a - select groups - then select Papercraft.