Friday, 30 July 2010

Made In Newcastle is SEW hot right now!

The Made in Newcastle Sewing Cafe is ready to accept 'Spinsters' .. The term "spinster" originally identified girls and women who spun wool. In mediaeval times, this was one of the few livelihoods available to a woman in order to live independently of a male wage.
Of course we will also welcome men and any other gender that wishes to use the machines!

What's more, we now have a new machine. A brand new lovely all singing all dancing zig-zagging machine !!

The sewing cafe is under a bit of a make-over , that being Yve Ngoo, Maureen Gallagher and Jo Brossman will be the needle mistresses who will programme sewing events, sewing machine rotas (when applicable), keeping the area inviting and tidy and being general busy bods in the vicinity. Thanks to Karina for the lovely new sign directing people to the Sewing Cafe.
Please encourage (responsible) sewing activity!

Jo has an idea for a sewing/textile group to meet on a regular basis to exchange skills and tips, if anyone is interested. Sounds like a plan to me - and she already has would be corsetieres clambering for a master class.

Apart from sewing cafe related news - the first art opening really brought the building alive, demonstrating it's full potential.
Geez.. we are soooooooooooo London!!! ( just better)

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Great Article on the 4 o 5 Blogspot!

Thanks to for their article on Urban Crafts: Newcastle Upon -Tyne.

Newcastle Craft Mafia and Made in Newcastle were both deemed as worthy of a mention - Wohoo!!

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I do like to be beside the seaside

Get your buckets and spades ready for Emma's (Surf and Silver Jewellery) trip to the beach combined with a sea glass jewellery workshop on the 21st August.
Emma will be taking us along to a lovely local beach for a spot of sea glass hunting followed by a much needed chip break.
Once bellies are full the group will all head back to Made In Newcastle with their sea glass treasures to transform them into a beautiful 'one of a kind' necklace, to wow your friends and family with.
25 of your British pounds will get you to the seaside and back, some tasty chips (plus wooden chip fork if you're lucky) and a workshop on how to make your very own sea glass necklace which you can then take back & treasure.
This will be from 10am - 6pm, Sat 21st August and there are only 19 places so get in quick.
To book or find out more contact Emma: or pop into or ring the Made In Newcastle shop on 07765 937521.
Happy sea glass hunting x

As seen on Indie Quarter

The wonderful Jenny Hudson of the fantabulous cult craft/design blog Indie Quarter has done a little write up of yours truly - MIN.

Indie Quarter was established in 2005 and features designers from a wide variety of disciplines, with everything from up and coming fashion labels, ceramics and textile designers to contemporary art, photography and jewellery.
Its a great way to find out all the latest in the craft, designer-maker and creative world and looks good to boot!

Take a look at the feature here:

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Get down to, the 'Habba Dabba Doo'

Chuck out ya chintz! Bag up your Buttons! Sling ya crochet hook and get down to ...
'Habba Dabba Doo'

The 1st ever Habadashery Amnesty
Friday 20th August, 11 am till 4pm
Made in Newcastle

22 Nun Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

Bring along your unwanted buttons, fabrics, wool, needles, craft scraps, sewing machines, zips, card, threads fact any unused items that can be used for handicrafts and workshop are urgently needed. In return you’ll be able to swap your unwanted items for even more crafty bits and bobs.

Show & Tell (over a Cream Tea)
Proud of your craft? Well, bring along an example of your work and exchange your handy hints and tips. Sock knitters, fancy stitches, toy makers, basic crochet, decoupage, paper crafts, quilters, rug makers, lace etc – whatever your speciality – feel free to share your skills over a delicious cream tea.

Entry is free – this is a open event – however, if you wish to drop off donations before the event, or register to share your skills for the Show & Tell, contact Yve on or Made in Newcastle on 07765937521 or call into the shop!

Monday, 26 July 2010

African Arts & Crafts Market Bazaar:

L’Afrique 2010 , Newcastle’s annual festival of African arts and culture, is proud to present the first ever market event dedicated to African Arts, Culture, Music and Food.

L’Afrique 2010 are looking for stall holders and traders: artists, musicians, crafts people, designers & makers, caterers, general dealers to fill the market with goods of African origin to showcase the diverse and vibrant range of goods and services available across the region.

Are you a trader? Do you have a shop or provide a range of good to the African community? Items such as:
Food stuffs
Hair & Beauty products and services
Materials and fabrics
Dress-making and designing
Social and community activities
Dance & performing arts
Community Activities
Resources and information for the African Community

Are you an artist of African origin and could provide/showcase your work?

Are you a dressmaker/designer who specialised in African Fabrics and textiles?

Are you a musician or performer and could provide music or poetry at the event?

If you are interested in getting involved – please contact me as soon as possible on 0191 2095374 or

There are 2 general meetings arranged for an informal chat and more information about the market.

These meetings are on Tuesday 3rd and Tuesday 10th August at : Made in Newcastle, 22 Nun Street, Newcastle upon Tyne from 4 -7pm.
Made in Newcastle is a arts & crafts gallery and workshop space that is open Tuesday – Sat , 10-6pm , so please pop in at any time and ask for Yve Ngoo, ( co-ordinator of the African Arts & Crafts Group.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Feature in the Sewing directory

The Made in Newcastle Shop has been lucky enough to have been featured in the Sewing Directory
The idea of The Sewing Directory arose when they realised that information regarding sewing businesses, course and groups is scattered all over the internet and it is often difficult to find what you want. That combined with the lack of places to advertise Sewing businesses lead to the creation of The Sewing Directory.

for more information

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Creative in residence @ Made in Newcastle

Made in Newcastle (Min) is fast establishing itself as the hub of creativity in Newcastle city centre AND we are now on the hunt for a creative in residence!!!!!

Are you a writer, poet, painter, illustrator or any type of creative practitioner who is in need of a work space?

Well MiN needs you!

We can offer a third floor room in our building to 1 or 2 people for 5 months (until end December 2010) AND also a Christmas showcase and celebration of the work produced in our exhibition space.

If you are interested then send us a BRIEF intro about yourself and practice, with perhaps an image or 2 if necessary, to and (both addresses please).

Also feel free to pop into the space for a goosy and see the whole project and meet the MiN team.

Made in Newcastle

Nun St


We look forward to hearing from you.

Crafternoon Tomorrow

Oi Crafters
There are a few spaces left to have crafting fun at the Crafternoon basic sewing workshop. It starts thursdays 5.30 til 7.30 at the wonderful Made in Newcastle shop...drop me a line if you fancy it

Monday, 19 July 2010

Some of the Minnies

Launch day nerves!!!

An Exhibition of New Paintings

Christopher Graham

An Exhibition of New Paintings

27th July- 7th August 2010

An Exhibition of paintings by Newcastle Based Artist Christopher Graham

Venue: Made in Newcastle

22 Nun Street

City Centre,

Newcastle Upon Tyne,


Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Crafternoon Workshop Next Thursday...don't miss out!!!

Dear All

Please check out the first of the Crafternoon workshops (click on image to make it bigger). This one is for basic skill level and anyone who wants crafty fun on a Thursday night!!!!

Quick come in to the Made in Newcastle shop to secure your place!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Lady Luck is coming to toon

MIN is very pleased to announce that Leona Baker, founder of the huge indy label 'Lady Luck Rules Ok', will be visiting our lovely little shop as part of her 'Jewellery Workshop & Trade Secrets Talk' mini UK tour. Yippee!
The event will be on Saturday 28th August from 2pm to 5pm. So here's the lowdown:

After 3 sold out Trade Secrets Talks and 5 sold out Jewellery Workshops LLROK has combined the two events to take on a mini tour around the UK.
The talk will cover topics such as how to start, run & grow an independent creative business; how to successfully sell online; PR, marketing and social media; wholesale and trade shows; and how to deal with the tough stuff like competitors and copycats.

The jewellery workshop will reveal all their unique production methods & materials including how they make their personalised jewellery, enamel & gold charms and lots more. They'll also be sharing the importance of sampling, working with manufacturers, sourcing materials and practical tips on getting the best results. These wonderful tips & techniques can also be applied to many other products.

LLROK's London talks & workshops have been attended by artists, graphic designers, illustrators, boutique owners, jewellery designer/makers & folk looking to turn that first seed of an idea into a viable product to make & sell.

This jam packed 3 hour event will inspire and fuel your creative abilities, so don't miss out.
Tickets are £25 plus £1 booking fee (to cover paypal fees).

To book tickets for this event: CLICK HERE

Newcastle at Made In Newcastle

Monday, 12 July 2010

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Launch Success

Well, the MIN team can report a very successful Launch! As we opened our doors for the first time, people were actually queuing, waiting to get in - very exciting! Within minutes the retail space was full. During the day the Doodle jam wall, starting as a clear space, was filled with lots of creative doodles, the Free shop went down a treat with many depositing and taking away many wonderful goods. The fashion show was a huge success with the creative 'wares' of our artists and designers gracing the MIN stairs and retail space on the wonderful models. By 6.00, when we shut our doors, sales were great, MIN staff were jubilant (and tired...) feet were put up and we prepared to rejuvenate ourselves for the next day of opening - Tues 13 of July!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Last Sneak preview of Made in Newcastle

Well, the day is nearly here! This is your last sneak preview of what is inside of the inspirational Made in Newcastle Retail experience!

A reminder of what to expect today:

Launch - Saturday 10th July at 1.30pm - 6pm!

For the big event we've got a host of exciting activities planned:

Catwalk show

A catwalk fashion show starting at 2pm showcasing the innovative and inspiring work of the MiN collective's designers and makers. This will offer a sneak preview of the wonderful work in store.

A doodle jam to which YOU, yes YOU and any other inspiring creatives

You are invited to collaborate in, by adorning the back wall of the MiN cafe area with your beautiful doodlely artwork. Thus creating a glorious joint mural using the collaborative efforts of artists, creatives, crafties and anyone else, for all to enjoy!

Bansela Free Shop

A giant swap to which visitors and MiNnies can bring an item to for someone else to take away and enjoy.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Sneak preview prior to our launch

The Designers, Makers and Artists ( as well as lots of wonderful behind the scene supporters) have been busy milling away to create a retail environment that just screams out 'inspiring' ... Well watch out for a few sneak previews over the next few days to show you what to expect for the big launch . . .

Launch date - Saturday 10th July at 1.30pm - 6pm!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Featured Designer Makers: Cush The Cushion and Chair Company

CUSH began on a sunny Sunday morning by two creative souls with a dream to rescue, revamp and reuse chairs and fabrics.

We rescue one off tapestries, embroideries, vintage linens and preloved furniture.

We take inspiration from the pieces and use our unique style to revamp and breathe designer life into each cushion and chair combo.

Our zealous energy goes into creating each piece for you, the new owner to love and reuse, hopefully for generations to come.

Our eco plight
Where possible the CUSH designers source recycled pieces. In the future we hope that 100% of our products will be made from recycled materials and eco friendly paint.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Bansela Free Shop

Bansela (Zulu) – express thanks in a tangible form, give a small present

As part of the launch of Made in Newcastle we will be holding a Free Shop.

The idea is you bring whatever you have surplus of and take away things you need.

You could bring, for example:

Clothes, music, books, small items of furniture, poems, whatever you have grown in your allotment or garden, pieces of art, Tweed skirts, old buttons, wool, tea cups, a half-finished crochet project that you gave up on, tools, drawings, a dance, a skill ...

Be creative. Think about what you have to offer and what would be of value to you.

Date: 10 July 2010

Time: 13:30

Venue: Made in Newcastle, 22 Nun Street, NE1 5AQ

Contact: Claire Rousell,


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