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Christmas at TOG: cookies and crochet

Beautiful garlands of floppies

Deck the halls with boughs of floppies, fa la la la la la la la la la

As we’re well into December by now, we can talk about the C word all we want!  As is tradition by now, the final craftnight of the year will be a sugar-fuelled glitterfest where we try to finish Christmas gifts while raising our blood glucose levels.  By the time your insulin sorts that mess out, the crochet class on Saturday 14th will let you return to the scene of the sugarcrime and see what you recall.

Sugar craftnight kicks off from about 6:30pm in TOG on Tuesday December 10th.  All are welcome, and all sorts of tasty treats are welcome too! There’ll be hot chocolate to wash down the Christmas cookies, and I’ll have some spare felt and sparkles for anyone who’d rather build decorations than destroy their pancreas (of course you can do both).  Coordination of baking will happen through the craft mailing list (anyone can join the list and get regular reminders of craftnights during the year). As with all craftnights, you can just pop down on the night.  Our first craftnight of 2014 will be on January 7th.

Beautiful baubles to hang on your Christmas tree (or to give to someone to hang on their tree)

Beautiful baubles to hang on your Christmas tree (or to give to someone to hang on their tree)

There will be a crochet bauble workshop run on the afternoon of Saturday December 14th from 2:30pm till about 4:30pm. Participants don’t need any prior experience at crochet, and will still make a pretty netted bauble for the tree.  The class will cost €7 including materials (or €2 for members for the materials).  Sign-up form for the class after the break.

 

 

 

 

 

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Light-Up Christmas Card Workshop

Bare Conductive Light-Up Christmas Card

Learn how to use Bare Conductive paint and make a neat Christmas card in this fun workshop on Saturday, 14 December, from 1pm to 4pm.

Bare Conductive paint is electrically conductive, giving you a great way to make circuits without needing to know how to solder or how to use a soldering iron. Non-toxic and fun, you’ll be able to make a light-up Christmas card in this workshop with a bright Christmas-themed card, flashing LED light, and battery included for each participant.

The workshop is open to all ages, and will cost only £7. Only 15 places are open, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

To book your space on the workshop, visit our Eventbrite page!

Christmas Crafting at Tog

Now that it’s December, we can officially discuss Christmas in public!  As always, there’s plenty of crafting to do for the season.  On Saturday the 8th, Tríona will be running a crocheted baubles workshop and on Tuesday 11th will be the final craft night of the year (sadly, we won’t be meeting on the 25th, nobody’s available for some reason…).

The crochet workshop will run from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 8th of December.  No prior crocheting experience is required, all levels will be welcome.  During the workshop you will learn very basic crochet skills to create a beautiful net to go around a bauble to hang on the tree.   The workshop will cost €2 for members and €7 for non-members.  Spaces are limited, so sign up below if you can make it.

Last Christmas, our final Craft Night of the year was a sugar fuelled craft fest, and this year will be no different.  Crafting will occur as usual on the night but we’ll be making biscuits and hot chocolate to help the panicked-Christmas-is-here-and-Ive-no-presents-ready frantic making.  Feel free to bring some baked goodies of your own, it’s a busy night and we have lots of sugar loving crafters!  The night will start earlier than normal at 6pm and will most likely run later than normal (later than 9pm anyway).    To keep an eye on the plans for this special Craft Night and for details on future craft nights, you can sign up to the mailing list here.

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Ho Ho Lights

My Husband and I wanted to put up some kind of Christmas decorations in our apartment windows over looking the city. After talking about it for a while, I decided to make lighted letters saying, “HO HO HO” …but since we only have two pairs of windows, it would have to just be, “HO HO”.

In the wee hours on Black Friday, we got the materials: 4 sheets of wood, 4 boxes of 100 count LED lights, and extension cords. After sketching out the design…

…and cutting out the letters…

…it was time to drill the 400 holes and hot glue all the lights in place.

It only took a weekend to make and hang these and I think the end result is well worth it.

MAHRER CHRERSTMAHS

‘Build a kit for Xmas’ night – Thursday 13 December

Wanting to find that perfect Christmas present? Want to give something that you have made?

At this workshop on Thursday, 13 December, you can learn how to build any of the kits available, from Drawdios to RGD lights to Bat Detectors!

We will also have Marble Runs and more available!

This session will run from 7pm onwards, and the only cost will be the cost of the kits. People will be there to help you learn how to solder and build, ensuring that your kit is running perfectly.