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Potty about Harry

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Well another month gone, and isn’t time flying, like a ‘Nimbus 2000’.  While thinking about the blog for this month, and with ideas for Halloween witches and wizards whirling around my head, I decided to focus on my new favourite topic, Harry Potter.
Can you believe it’s been twenty years since the release of the first book?!  It’s amazing some have never read these magical books, while others are just discovering them.
Anyway, it’s time to get ‘Sirius’, so here is my pick of the best Harry Potter crafts around.





Whether you are a hard working ‘Hufflepuff’ or a brave ‘Gryffindor’, you will absolutely love this Hogwarts School Crest cross stitch pattern from Little mojo.
This is sure to be a talking point at all your future feasts.



"Or perhaps in Slytherin, you'll make your real friends, Those cunning folk use any means, to achieve their ends." -The Sorting Hat



Slytherin has to be my favourite house, and what better way to show your true colours than with a crocheted house scarf…

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!

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We’re a little late this month, as we were having a whale of a time preparing for and partaking in the Clogherhead Seafood Rocks festival last weekend. The sun turned up, as did lots of enthusiastic kids, who made a multitude of pompoms and bracelets at our workshops. 
Anyway, they say happiness comes in waves, and we were very happy crafting these great seaside inspired projects…so much so, we thought we wouldn't be shellfish and would share them here so you could try them too!

We really enjoyed making these adorable fish for the festival, a great wee project to get the kids involved with. Here are the steps we followed to create them:

Using calico and the pattern below, cut two pieces for each fish. These can be any size, simply resize the image.

Next, hand sew around the outer edge, leaving a gap for stuffing

Then, stuff the fish with toy stuffing and sew closed

Paint the fish with white acrylic paint

We found empty wine bottles perfect for holding the fishes tails while we waited…

Fly me to the moon...

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...Let me play among the stars…
Here at the Crafty fox, we’re obsessed with all things astronomical this month.  ‘Why?’ I hear you ask...well, on the 20th July 1969, humans first walked on the moon, and we thought we’d celebrate this great achievement by bringing you some space crafts (pun definitely intended).
So, below we are on our final countdown of top space-related ideas for you to try. And to keep you on course, why not sing along with our Space Age playlist while you craft?




3…We love this out-of-this-world rocket applique cushion from Fabricworm. It’s sure to be a great addition to any young aspiring astronaut’s bedroom!

Whether you have a mini Neil Armstrong or Sally Ride, they’re bound to love this cute cushion

If you are feeling adventurous, perhaps try running up a matching pillowcase and quilt cover set, or go for a rocket covered headboard.

If you are short on suitable fabric in your stash, we have that covered with this colourful cotton fabric in store.



2...We also discove…

Passionate about Pineapples!

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Welcome to the new and improved Crafty Fox blog!
We’ve let it slide but now we’re back, ready to give you tips, tricks and fun projects to try at home! We’ve been having such great weather recently, it’s like living on a tropical island and what could be more on trend than pineapples? International Pineapple Day is coming up on the 27th of June, so whether you’re celebrating with a Pina Colada or an upside down cake, why not try making one of these fab projects…

First up, we have this cute crochet pineapple from Yarnplaza. It’s a great project for anybody with a basic knowledge of crochet. Instead of using the wool specified in this pattern, you could try using this great Rico DK cotton available in store! There’s lots of fun colours so you could make any colour pineapple you wanted, let your imagination run wild! If you can’t crochet yet, don’t worry, we’ve got loads of classes to help you learn! Just check out the website for a full list.


If crochet’s not your thing, we love this a…

The makings of a Fox !!!!

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It's that time of year again........The design of the Christmas Window is always an exciting and challenging time for Mr. Fox and co. This year he has decided to step out of the limelight (or should we say spotlight?) as he and Mrs. Fox have their hands full with the little ones. They arrived on the scene as a young, happy couple in the Summer of 2013, graced our window in December 2013 in their delightful woodland home, and again the following year with their young and playful cubs.....aaaah 

This years window? We hope it will be a lovely surprise, can't say more than that as we are all sworn to secrecy, but all will be revealed this weekend!
Did you wonder how we made our fantastic Mr Fox ?


Well it started like this,  we wanted an extra special window for our opening (our official opening that is, which was two years after we opened!).
A lot of planning and time went into this window display. We wanted a woodland theme so we went on a mission to find the perfect tree and set a…

It's All About the DRESS!

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We fell in love with a picture…yes a picture of THIS gorgeous Summer dress….

It conjured up so many lovely, nostalgic memories of carefree, sunny summers.  The retro style dress made with the quirky cotton fabric was stunning….we immediately ordered the pattern and the fabric.
The pattern arrived first and in our haste we decided to make the dress with some other lovely fabric which we felt would do it justice and look good in our window display for the town’s annual Maritime Festival….










The pattern used for this dress is Buttericks B5603 Misses Dress.


Unfortunately we have sold out of this fabric but we do have the sunglasses fabric on the original dress and a pretty pink flamingo one too!

You can purchase this at: riley blake sunglasses fabric

buy at: riley blake flamingo fabric
SPECIAL OFFER: Until the end of JULY you can receive 15% off the price of either of these two fabrics when you buy them online using the discount voucher BLOGJULY15.  Please feel free to share with your face…

Meet Our Tutors - Joyce Anderson

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Meet Joyce!
After gaining her degree in textiles, Joyce Anderson travelled extensively and designed woven fabrics in the airline, car and fashion industries.  She has a wide-ranging knowledge and love of all things textile, their properties and characteristics.  She came to Ireland to work in the weaving industry and did so for many years.  Joyce is meticulous in her work and fabulous at sewing, cross-stitching, knitting and anything else that she puts her mind to!  
One of Joyce's knitted creations...


Joyce teaches our Beginner Sewing classes and the all the dressmaking classes.  She has a wry sense of humour and a great Scottish accent!  She is extremely capable, unflappable and always goes the extra mile with our students to ensure they have all the help they need. Since before we even opened our doors Joyce has been a pivotal member of the Crafty Fox team, and we are delighted to have her!
Fantastic Summer Dress made by Joyce.....

When there are no dressmaking classes on Friday eve…