The Great Global Nurdle Hunt

 

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt

You may have seen the ‘nurdley awesome’ new window display drawn by the incredibly talented Jo Joof, with a wave, a big Blue Whale and a scattering of little colourful Nurdle characters.  Jo is the illustrator of Nurdle, the children’s book  written by local teacher Claire Vowell.  But why is it there?

The window is to celebrate October being the start of the Great Global Nurdle Hunt where people across the World are encouraged to pull on their wellies and hunt for nurdles in their nearest waterway.

Nurdles are tiny lentil sized microplastics that are melted down to make every plastic product we purchase.  As they are tiny, Nurdles escape from the factories and in transport, so end up being washed and blown into rivers, streams and the ocean.  From there they are eaten by animals, or break up still further and enter our foodchains.

All nurdles found during October can be recorded on the Hunt database www.nurdlehunt.org.uk  and this information is used to encourage governments around the world to make a difference and tackle our plastic problem.

 

But what happens if you don’t live near a beach or river, or you don’t find any nurdles?  Have no fear, there is lots you can do!

The Great Nurdle fact hunt

You can find out all about nurdles and share their story by taking part in the Great Nurdle fact hunt.

Hidden in 3 locations in Frome (Millie Moon shop, Jo Joof in the Black Swan Studios and Hunting Raven bookshop) you will find 24 pictures of nurdles, each one containing a different fact.  Locate and read all of the cards and share your 3 favourite facts with 3 friends and voila, you are sharing the story of microplastics and getting people talking!

You can also think about cutting down on single use plastics.  October is the perfect month for this.

Avoid the single use plastics filling the shops for Halloween and make your own costume and decorations.  Make some spooky bunting, create your own spooky spider pom poms or even some day of the dead flowers to hang round the house.

Make your own sweets, chocolates, cakes or biscuits to share with friends and get creative with a DIY outfit.

 

Copies of the 3 Nurdle stories that tell the story of ocean micro plastics can be found in store or buy online here as well as a make your own Nurdle kit, to create your very own nurdle character like the ones in the window – a great half term activity.

 

 

If you would like to talk nurdles and microplastics with Claire you can find her on her suitcase stall at the Frome Independent in October and November.

 

Patchwork and Quilting at Millie Moon

Its that time of year when we start looking for that winter project. The one to do whilst we hibernate away until spring.

Now, not sure if this will be the same this year, as we have all been in a forced hibernation for too long, but if you are looking for the winter project, how about having a go at patchwork and quilting.

Caroline our patchwork tutor is back with a one day workshop in October. Perfect time to learn the basics and then carry on at home.  The one day workshop, “a quilt in day’ is exactly as it says.

 

 

You will learn how to cut, piece, join, boarder, layer and bind so you take away a finished simple quilt in a day. Plus Caroline will be on hand with lots of little hints and tips!

The finished quilt will be approximately 1mtr x 1mtr, a great little lap quilt. (Maybe the perfect Christmas gift for someone?)

£120

The workshop includes all the materials and lunch is provided.

Machine and equipment are available to use but if you prefer to bring your own please do.

The workshop is 10-4pm Sunday 24th October. You can book online or call into the shop.

 

If you don’t feel like signing up to a workshop but would like to have a go at home, we have lots of patchwork and quilt materials in stock including.

  • Pre-cuts charm packs, Jelly rolls and layer cakes from MODA
  • Wadding in 100% cotton and ‘supersoft’ polyester
  • 505 Spray
  • Rulers, rotary cutters and cutting mats
  • Cotton thread and Perle 8
  • Quilt clips, curved safety pins, quilt needles (machine and hand)
  • Quilt in a box kits

So why not have a go!

 

Book online here or pop into the shop for more details.

Festival season is here! … isn’t it?

It’s that time of year when we would be packing up our tents and heading to Glastonbury festival!

We’ve have been festivaling at Glasto since 1992. We bought tickets from the little record shop in Bath corridor, no hours of internet queues then, there was no internet!  Becki had just passed her driving test and we set off in the brown mini metro packed with everything including the most massive tent! (not realising how far we would have to walk and carry everything) How things have changed since then!  Over the years, our group of festivallers grew as the kids came along, and the grandparents joined the fun too. Camper vans replaced the tents, toilets became compostable, ticket sales went online, the Park and the ribbon tower arrived at the festival.  Every festival was different, from the music, the entertainment, the kids field, (which became an important stop of the day), and of course the weather. We have survived floods, storms, mud and the heat. All extremes in one day at times! But we always had the most amazing time. Dancing with 1000’s of people, singing at the top of our voices, watching the kids faces light up at the circus tents with the most skilled acts, the food… delicious food, plus seeing some incredible artists perform.  We were there for David Bowie in 2000, it was little Millie moon first Glasto at only 6 months old. Incredible moments, amazing memories.

 

As there is no festival again this year, we have decided to pay homage to our usual pilgrimage by decorating the window in Glasto style!

Becki has made a fabulous colourful patchwork tent for us to camp out in, and of course we are wearing the wonderful buffet dress @fridaypatterncompany wilder gown in pink leopard print double gauze. Plenty of swishing and dancing in that one, (plus you can layer up underneath!)

   buy Patterns here     buy fabric here

         

We also have included trips to the rainbow tower, the pyramid stage and of course the long drops with the amazing cross stitch kits by @thrillingletter  

                            

I will be working on my cross stitch this weekend whilst watching old glasto on the tele. Hopefully the sun will shine and We can have a little dance in the garden.

We have also filled the window with photographs of good times at past festivals, if you are wandering past take a look!

How about you? Are you missing the festivals this year??

Maybe you are staging your own festival in the back garden?

Please post your pics on instagram/ facebook and tag us so we would love to see!

 Oh to dance and sing again!    Hope to see you dancing in a muddy field soon!

take care

Rachel and Becki xx

 

 

 

Local Teacher and Beach cleaner Claire talks Nurdles!

My name is Claire and I am a teacher, mum, beachcleaner and crafty mess maker!

I shared my Nurdle discovery 2 years ago with my class and with the help of my little Nurdle character we talked about ways we could tackle the problem. I realised that children will be the solution to the problems in our environment as they are so inspirational and indignant about what is happening, so Nurdle became a story I told, which became a book, which was crowdfunded during lockdown 1. I have now written 3 Nurdle books about the problems faced by our oceans and I would love to share them with as many children as I can

  

Nurdles are tiny pre production plastic pellets the size of a lentil that are melted down to make all our plastic products. In the uk alone up to 53 billion pellets enter the ocean every year. If you are heading to a beach this half term check along the tide line under the seaweed and you will probably find some. The are usually clear, but can be any colour and need to be removed as animals mistake them for food. I am on a mission to share the story of the Nurdles with as many people as possible, so with artist Jo Joof we have used plastics from my beach cleans to illustrate a book called Nurdle with accompanying Nurdle sewing kits. The book gently encourages children to think about their use of plastic and how they look after their things.

 

 

 

If you are heading to the beach this weekend maybe take a look and see how many Nurdles you find! If you feel inspired to do a beach clean, or collect nurdles, please wear gloves and wash your hands after. Keep the nurdles in a jam as sadly they cannot be recycled!

We can all do our bit to help the environment!!

For more information please go to nurdlehunt.org.uk

 

Books and kits available from Millie Moon click here 

Lucas Loves exclusive fabric

Hello there, my name is Steph Driver.
I am the owner, designer and screen printer of LucasLoves.

 

I create bright, fun, colourful eco-friendly products for your life
and home; I like to think all of my products bring joy into every day.

I was thrilled to be asked by   Mille Moon to design a pattern for fabric, that would be printed and sold exclusively in their independent shop in Frome. Here’s how it all happened.

THE BRIEF

The brief is one of the best, in fact, the best brief any designer could wish for…

Me: Do you have a brief / idea of pattern in mind?

Becki: Free reign, we love what you do.

Oooooh yeh, that’s the best brief ever, what a joy! What it also meant was that I really had to nail down the idea, to make sure I didn’t go off on too many tangents. I mean, I will always go off on tangents (don’t we all do that?!) but I needed to use my time wisely and not drift too far away from the initial idea.

THE IDEA

I am a huge fan of mid-century style. I love most things from this era, pattern, print, design, fashion, furniture…Yeh, pretty much most things. The idea; to create a pattern that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the 1950’s.

THE PROCESS

It starts with research. I have ‘go to’ reference books to get ideas flowing and then I live with the ideas bubbling around in my head for days, weeks and yes, sometimes years!

At this point, I usually start to sketch. I use my sketchbook as
a clearing of my creative mind, there is a lot of ‘not very good’ work in there, but amongst all this there is always something
that I love. I tend to move onto the computer at this stage, where I scan sketches and start to play.

This sketch was definitely something that I wanted to use. I played with using only this, creating a pattern with just the lines but then it moved on and developed into becoming an overlay to the coloured shapes.

 

THE RESULT

   

I mean I loved it but there is always the doubt and worry that I could be the only one.

Me: Hope you like it.
Becki: Oh wow, I think these are beautiful.

What more could I ask for?!

 

To find out more about Stephs work go to her website www.lucasloves.co.uk

 

 

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Click here to buy Steph’s gorgeous fabric

Millie Moon Makes – Free tutorials – Felt flowers with a little Sew and Sow

Making flowers out of felt is a great no-sew project and you can use them to make a floral wreath, some beautiful bunting or add them to gifts and other craft projects.  I recently shared this as a live craft club and thought you might like to see a written-up version.  You absolutely don’t have to make them in the same colours that I have but I have included the colours below so you can identify them in the above picture.  Please share photos of yours with me on Instagram @alittlesewandsow   

You will need:

Felt (special packs for this project can be ordered here)

Glue (ideally a hot glue gun but a tube of glue that will stick felt will be fine)

Paper and fabric scissors

Buttons (included in the pack above)

Template

Carnation (blue)

Cut a piece of your chosen coloured felt 9inches long by 2inches wide.  Fold in half, length ways and glue together.  

Take your fabric scissors and cut small slits into the felt all the way along the folded edge.  You will need to cut to about half way down the felt.

Starting at one end, roll the felt up along the long edge, periodically securing with glue.  Once finished ensure the end is secure and gently use your fingers to splay out the petals.  

Daisy (pink)

Cut three flowers shapes from the above template or if you don’t have a printer just draw your own!  

Stack all three pieces on top of each other, staggering the position to add fullness to the petals.  Secure each layer with glue (in the middle) and finish with a button or bead.  

Ranunculus (purple)

Cut one circle of felt in either a four- or six-inch size.  These are the two largest sizes on the template sheet.  If you can’t print that, go hunting in your kitchen for dishes, mugs etc. that are about the right size.  As long as it is a circle, the exact size doesn’t really matter.  

Carefully cut a spiral into the circle, right the way to the middle. 

Starting at the middle, roll the felt around on itself, gluing periodically to secure.  

Ensure the outside end is firmly glued.  

Rose (yellow)

Cut three circles, 3inches in diameter.  This is the smallest circle on the template or you can find a small cup or a glass that is about the correct size.  

Take one circle and fold in half and then into quarters and secure with glue.  This will create a cone shape with a swirl inside.  

Repeat for the other two pieces.

Glue all three pieces together with all of the points meeting.  The bottom should look like this:

Carefully tease out all of the petals to finish the rose.

Making your own clothes with Anna

My 6 Week Beginners Dressmaking Class by Anna Vickery

Who’s looking forward to the next series of Sewing Bee, I am! The challenges they take on though…..

With most people trying to be more environmentally aware, and the fashion industry being one of the largest offenders (not to mention the high streets boring safe offerings) what better time to make your own.

Over the years I’ve been workshopping at Millie Moon I’ve met lots of people who sew, but are nervous about starting dressmaking (what if it doesn’t fit? falls apart?) or taking the next step (the number of times people say they are looking for a pattern without fastenings so they don’t have to sew zips/buttonholes!)

Fear not, my 6 week dressmaking evening class is here…. ‘Dressmaking with paper patterns’ is a 6 week evening class – (now into my 7th year of running this class!) – you bring along a paper pattern and material and over 6 x 2 hour sessions make a garment. A nice small group, so lots of opportunity to ask questions. Next course starts 17th March, there are places still available! Here’s some photos of the wonderful things made on the January/February class, Tilly and the buttons dungarees and dungaree dresses, a Lisette denim dress and Butterick trousers that fit!! Good work.

Don’t forget I also run a monthly dressmaking club, skills sessions on specific techniques and 1-1 classes – more information available on the website just click here.

Hope to see you on the next class soon

Anna x

The next evening class starts on march 17th 6-8pm for 6 weeks £135 for more information or to book call the shop 01373 464437

You can follow Anna on facebook, twitter and instagram for more details of her work and future workshops

Millie Moon at the TATE

Many of you over the years have met the real ‘millie moon‘, my daughter, who kindly gave her name to the shop! (Well she didn’t have much say in it to be honest)

Millie was only 8 when we first opened our doors and was a regular at every workshop she could attend. Roll on 12 years and now Millie is an art Student studying “Fine art” at Central Saint Martins in London. Last month, Me and Auntie Rachel had the pleasure of a day trip to London to see Millie take part in an exhibition at the Tate! (Definitely a proud mum moment) Along with fellow students, the exhibition focused on the price of art. You began the journey by screen printing your own money. Using the money to pay what you felt was right for each piece of art. There was even a toilet so you could see what it felt like to just flush your money away.

Millie focused on herself as a “famous” artist with a meet and greet where you could get signed drawings and badges from her.

What an experience for her and us!

If she keeps this up we think she might want her name back soon!

Becki x

Fabric designed by Millie is on sale in our shop now!

You can follow her on instagram @millienoblefineart and you can shop her work @KoolKactus

SEW WEEK! mini taster workshops for just £10

After four successful years of Sew Saturday, Sew HQ has announced that this weekend event is expanding into a six-day celebration, from 30th September to 5th October!

Sewing Week encourages crafters to head down to their local shops, show their support and take part in stitchy activities. As well as your usual dose of exclusive in-store discounts, competitions and giveaways that you received with Sew Saturday, you can expect bumper project packs, amazing machine deals and plenty of freebies! Read Sew Magazine’s blog for more information on the nationwide event!”

 At Millie Moon, We love Sew Saturday, so we are very excited to be having a week long event in the shop this year! There will be special offers, discounts and of course a week of craft activities and mini taster workshops with our talented tutors.

All workshops £10 per person including all materials and refreshments

 BOOK NOW 

Monday 30thSept – Join Jo Joof for painting!

– AM 11-1pm Art Club   PM 2-4pm Fabric Printing

Tuesday 1stOctober  – Join Kelly for a day of making eco-friendly reusable products!

 – AM 11-1pm face pads    PM 2-4pm kitchen roll

Wednesday 2ndOctober – Join Gingergirl Gaynor for papercraft!

– AM 11-1pm Felt brooches       PM 2-4pm Collage cards

   

Thursday 3rdOctober – Join Caroline for hand sewing!

– AM 11-1pm Lavender hearts

Friday 4thOctober – Join Craftival for a day of workshops

-AM 10-12pm Initial Banner        PM 1-3pm Card zip purse

Saturday 5th October Kids club with Molly

Join Molly for kids crafting making little bears

10.30-12.30 age 7+    

 

Introducing NEW ART Workshops with JO JOOF

We are delighted to have local illustrator Jo Joof joining us at Millie Moon.

Jo will be hosting a Drawing and Painting session in her own unique style every Monday.  Join Jo for a fun approach to drawing and painting. Learn illustration techniques in an easy and relaxed environment. A fun variety of topics and a different theme each week.

No experience or skill needed and definitely no still life!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Maker

 

I’m Jo Joof, a mum of five girls and an illustrator and designer based in Frome. In addition to having 5 beautiful daughters who love to draw, my inspiration is also led by the love of retro memorabilia and multi culture, so that often reflects in the subjects I paint too.

 

I have 20+ years previous experience in all areas of children’s book publishing.
I am a self taught artist and grew up on the outskirts of London thriving on creating and making all sorts of art and crafts – non stop! I currently have a studio space at the Black Swan Arts, and I have really been able to explore my own creativity fully and gain some of my own recognition.
I am also the owner of a small but profitable growing business Jo and Nic’s Crinkly Cloth Books.
The Nursery Times crinkly cloth book for babies is uniquely designed to look like a little newspaper and it’s proving to be very popular.Myself and illustrator Nicola Moore have self published – created, illustrated and manufactured nearly 24 crinkly titles in just over 1 year.And we have sold to 40 of the best independent stockists in the UK and also the US.
Having the ability to combine traditional hand painted illustration with design and mac skills has proven to be beneficial too. More recently a collaboration with Frome based makers ‘Craftival’ has also led to me designing and producing my own range of fabric exclusively for sale at Millie Moon Shop.
The Art Club
I have art clubs which take place at Millie Moon Shop and Studio One Black Swan Arts, also kids easy craft sessions either as a drop in session or a children’s party group.
The art club is based on simple, commonly used illustration techniques and different mediums.
It’s a two hour session which includes drawing and painting a variety of prepared subjects in a group of up to six. Suggestions welcome. I will be there to share tips. Inspirational will be shared by all.
You can copy my version or draw your own, it’s up to you! A relaxing and fun bit of ‘me’ time if that’s what you need!
Sign up for a batch of classes and you will be supplied with your own handy set of watercolours, brushes and an A5 book.

Jo will be running adult workshops 16+ years starting on Mondays 11-1pm

Sessions are £15 each, or you can book  3 for £36

Includes all materials used on the day and refreshments

Starts Monday 12th August 2019

No Monday club on bank holidays