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"Long ago " : More Past events and festivals

The events listed here are from the first two years of our existence
for later ones - just follow the dates in the blog roll

Not so new any more now of course, being from spring summer 2011. But we leave it here as several links have been created to this page and we don't want to break them.

Welcome to our new pilot venture.

Story-scape Sessions are held within the Penicuik library on alternate Friday afternoon's - check blog for future dates. 

Sharing skills: crafting in the community 
Story-scape Sessions naturally emerged from the community-based project Making Space Penicuik; this is where people of all ages and abilities come together to share space, dialogue and skills, whilst crafting felted figures, creatures and landscapes, through the use of different crafting processes.

There is a core group of around ten creators and crafters, with many local people and visitors dropping in when they can too. And we are Making Space for more - so DO come along!

Landscape set for
Little Red Riding Hood
After a story-scape landscape was created and a vast array of felted creatures and figures were crafted, it seemed only natural for storyteller's Ramona Kirkness and Anneruth Strauss, also co-founder of Making Space Penicuik, to bring the creations alive!

And so Story-scape Sessions was formed!


Little Red Riding Hood (Annaruth) and the Magic Porridge Pot (Ramona) were the main stories told at the launch. The children discovered the joy of interactive storytelling and re-enacted the tale of Little Red Riding Hood with great enthusiasm.

Getting hands-on: re-telling the story
Meanwhile, the younger children each selected an item from the marvellous creature basket (in keeping with Little Red Riding Hood's basket). Each were encouraged to share their ideas and inter-relate their piece and weave it into the storyline.

The second Story-scape Session, on Friday 20th May, featured Puff the Magic Dragon (Ramona) and the Sunshine story (Ramona), with two coordinating sing-along-songs (guitar).

The third Story-scape Session, on June 3rd, featured The Owl and the Pussycat (Ramona) and an adapted version of Dzvinka Hayda's Little Angel's Journey (Annaruth), with two coordinating sing-along-songs (guitar and recorders -guest recorder player, teenager Ashley).

Back by popular demand, the fourth Story-scape Session, on June 17th, featured Puff the Magic Dragon (Ramona) and Little Red Riding Hood (Annaruth). With guitar.

July 1st was rearranged.

The fifth Story-scape Session, on July 15th, was Katy Morag and the Tiresome Ted (Jeni), The Enormous Bunch of Grapes - an adapted version of the story with a turnip (Tina) and a teaser from Annaruth telling a snippet from Magnus Finn by Janis Mackay. With a coordinating song (recorder and guitar).

The final Story-scape Session, will be in Friday 29th July. Story choices will be announced shortly. Join us for more interactive fun time and songs!

Call the Penicuik library on 01968 664 050 to ensure your space for the next session - which is Friday 29th July at 2p.m. (finishes approx. 3 p.m.)

Come along to Story-scape and have some fun!

Ramona Kirkness

And click here if you are also interested to find out how Claire combines felt craft and story craft

All the events pages of the Arts Festival 2010 have been moved now to this page
where you can read, review and remember how how this wee 'craft in the community venture' Making Space Penicuik has unfolded since summer 2010:

The early autumn programme

Vibusha kindly offers us this gift as part of Making Space Penicuik :

Interactive Storytelling for the autumn sesason

download poster here

Friday, 22nd October, 2 -3 pm
Thursday 28th October, 2 – 3pm

Two Free events
@ Penicuik Library, Carlops Road

Come and hear the story of 'Mother Earth's Blanket' in the Penicuik library and watch the story unfold as the little animals find ways to stay warm in the long winter nights.

The story is told using small felted animal toys which appeal to children and will be available for the children to use to create their own stories afterwards. 

We will also be doing some simple weaving using fleece, wool and autumn materials found in nature such as leaves and dried grasses. 

Vibusha kindly offers us this gift as part of Making Space Penicuik :

Come and join in with your 3 - 6 year olds

Free crafting sessions in the community:
everybody has got something to teach, everybody loves to learn something new:
 All ages and stages welcome!

Make your own unique and irreplaceable Christmas present and birthday gift, make something to adorn you and your home.
We first of all carry on with our FIBRE Craft practising this month. Other crafts can come if you lead them -)
Come and join in Saturdays, 11.30am - 1.30pm 
in the Penicuik Townhall
The early autumn sessions are: 

18 Sept       Special today: PEGLOOM WEAVING                 
25 Sept       Special today: NEEDLE FELTING                
 2 Oct :        Special today: needle felting for autumn table              
9 Oct:       Special today: SPINNING                 
(space, resources and facilitators permitting, folks can engage with different activities )

By donation ~  to cover material costs
‘Making’ Activities will include: needle felted pictures, broaches, beads, etc:

We are still looking for folks who like to share their skills with others.

What would you like to make? Tell us!
and we see whether we will find facilitators for it. 
CONTACT US via email  making_space@talktalk.net  or phone 678866 (Ruth)

ALSO: You are strongly advised to book your place as spaces are limited.
Check http://makingspacepenicuik.blogspot.com for updates and background of initiative

From Fibre to Fabric @

This year, during the Penicuik Arts Festival, you will have a number of opportunities to watch and to join in hands-on with local fibre-craft artists in Making Space to explore how natural fibre transforms into fabric. 

Needlessly to say we will only be able to give you a tiny insight and a brief getting in touch with the myriads of miraculous ways in which that transformation can happen, but we hope you will be inspired and will keep on gathering in Penicuik, making space for (y)our Making Space!

For now, during the Arts Festival, the opportunities are:

3 Join-in community Making Space circles at different venues (Ladywood Leisure Centre; Library-Leisure Centre), where we quite leisurely gather to demonstrate fibre handling, spinnng, felting, weaving.
2 Workshop days at Penicuik House where we offer feltmaking classes for adults one day, and the other day a rolling programme of fibrecraft activities for the family.

Details of booking and timing of the various activities are available on the flyers linked in above blog - pages - links
{or via    making  _ space @ talktalk . net   (omit space for proper email address }

- be sure to watch this space for the updates here, to see the new pictures, pages and links, and be sure to join in with the making and to also to give your comments.

Looking forward to see you,

the Making Space Makers and their friends!


 Join-in Circles in the Community, August 2010

download this flyer for distribution here

During the Arts Festival, you are warmly invited to - any time ! - pop by and in our  
Making Space "Join-in Circles":

 Tuesday, 24th August, 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm,    
at The Ladywood Leisure Centre

Thursday 26th August, 2pm – 4pm,             
at The Penicuik Centre / Library
Tuesday, 31st August, 4.30pm – 6.30pm,     
at The Penicuik Centre / Library

There will be handspinning and hand weaving demonstrations, and dry and wet felt making demonstrations.You can meet and chat with the makers. No experience necesary.

If you are already a fibrecraft Maker, and like to inspire everyone - do feel free to turn up for giving an impromptu demonstration, too. If you can, please contact us beforehand. All textile crafters welcome!

Everybody, all those budding Makers great and small -   we would like to meet you all!
You will get a chance to try your hand on some basic fibre handling secrets, - and, numbers permitting, make a wee thing or two!

Craft Demonstrators will include:
Anneruth Strauss - fibre crafter, esp spinning and weaving, creative communities
Marjorie Johnson - fibre crafter and artist, especially spinning and knitting, sheep holding
They will come every time for the 3 join in circles with different fibres and tools to get you in touch with it all - come and see and be surprised ;-)

On the two Tuesdays:
Joan Robb - a versatile artist and maker, trying her hands on many things, will share with you how she makes beautiful pictures out of wool using the dry felting, the needle felting technique

On Thursday:
Helen O'Brien, - felter and gardener, esp artistic crafter of felted vessels, will demonstrate how a vessel grows round a pink balloon via wet wool and with lots of agitation....

There are others who said they will come - so let us be surprised ;-)

Read more of the different known to us Makers here and do pop by to make making space with us for you.

sea cliffs: painted with wool by Joan Robb
soft, colourful felt vesels  by Helen O'Brian



Making Space Workshops 

at Penicuik House

2 days of fibre fun 

“From Fibre to Fabric”

Fri 3 Sept + Sat 4 Sept 
Penicuik House, workshop site on the right side
Felted Portal, an Art in Health product, Govan
 a project delivered jointly by 

Friday 3rd September
10 a.m. – 5 pm
£40 + VAT– lunch and refreshments included
Felt making workshop for all skill levels
Please book via Gillian at the Scottish Lime Centre 
to secure your place and to discuss your possible project

The Friday felt making workshop is for adults and young people
It is possible to earn ILA units by taking part

download Friday flyer here

Saturday 4th September
10.am. – 5 pm
Free hourly traditional fibre craft sessions
for all age groups
Fibre handling – spinning – weaving  - felting
As part of Penicuik House Open day

The Saturday workshops are for all the family
And a great outing opportunity

download Saturday flyer here

snoozing sheep
dogs on lead

Video of summer meadow meanderings coming soon here! Watch this space! 

directions to Penicuik House here

and here

Programme in more detail:

Friday workshop:

Beginners 10-13h: the Introduction

Wet felting basics: painting with wool
Needle felting basics : Ball

14-17h: small project(s) of your choice

 you can choose from:
Little figure
Mobile phone bag
Wool hanging
Case for glasses
Mobile phone bag
Felted coaster (4 or more)


Advanced 10-13h+14-17h

you need to discuss your choice with us in advance
Wet felting and Needle felting options:
Cushion cover
Wall hanging
Baby /children booties

Saturday :

 a rolling programme of 6 x 45 minutes sessions starting at 10am every hour
(lunch break at 1 pm)

  • Bracelet from hand spun and then felted wool
  • Necklace from 3-5 felted beads
  • Carding-spinning with the drop spindle and spinning wheel
  • Needle felted broach (from 10 years)
  • Cardboard and loom weaving
  • Birds, Angels and fairies, includes needle felting
If you have any questions, please contact Ruth at 07818 061918 or email making_space@talktalk.net

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