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Get creative for the festive season
Recycling and fashion have become good friends. Playing host to these two buddies is usually a unique city market. One such market, fairly new to the Melbourne market scene, is the Nanna Cool Market located happily in Frankston, where handmade and recycled items have foraged their way into modern times. The Nanna Cool Markets are also bringing DIY workshops into the mix, so you can explore your crafty side too and get "Nanna-fied".
If you are on the look-out for new ways to up-cycle old materials, and seem to always have bits-and-bobs and scraps-and-pieces around, then this market has the right workshop for you! On Saturday 22nd of November the first Fabric Scrap Rosette Brooch Workshop will be hosted by Erica from Recycled Fashion at the St Paul's Anglican Church. Erica's motto is that "fashion doesn't have to cost the earth, environmentally or financially".
In this fun and entertaining workshop, Erica will teach you how to use those various pieces of scrap fabrics to create a gorgeous, oversized rosette brooch. This is a thrifty gift idea just in time for Christmas. A handmade gift is always more sentimental and precious than something purely store-bought. Treat yourself too and make an eco-chic and very nanna-cool brooch that you can wear in your hair, or as a statement-piece on your clothes or belt, or even on your handbag. They make a fabulous accessory to brighten any outfit, and there is so much satisfaction to be had from wearing something you created yourself.
Fabric Scrap Rosette Brooch
The workshop starts at 10:30am and goes for two hours. Erica will provide all the materials to make your brooch, such as brooch backs, felt, pieces of leather, needles and thread, and pins. However, you are welcome to bring your own scraps and pieces from home to personalise and re-make into your new fashion ornament! The cost of $25 also covers your entry into the market. This is an activity where you can really get lost in the fun, while learning creative ways to reuse otherwise throw-away items.
Keep your eyes open for more crafty workshops coming to the Nanna Cool Markets. In the past, the market has hosted tie-dye and screen-printing workshops and crochet basket classes. Erica is interested in hosting more workshops too, with an up-cycle theme, including paper bowls, and brooches made out of old zippers. It might be worth picking her brain for ideas on all sorts of ways you can reuse old scraps creatively and for great tips on getting the best out of op-shopping. You can find out more information about recycled fashion and Erica's workshops and activities on her webpage.