What is Picture Felting? A look at Felted Pictures by Various Artists and a Chance to Create your own

What are Felt Pictures?

When I was young I absolutely loved Fuzzy Felt. I'd create a beautiful picture (well I thought it was - I was probably 6 or 7 at the time), I'd admire it for a little while then carefully peel off each felt piece so I could create a different picture. I remember having an underwater board, a farm one and some sort of variation on 'people with different jobs'.
Now, fast forward a few years (yes, ok, maybe it's actually 40 years) and talented artists are using wool to create felt pictures on a whole new level - and I'm not sure my fuzzy felt underwater scene would cut the mustard...

Now there are fibre artists creating simply stunning images, many of them landscapes, using a very sustainable resource. Wool.

Wool fibres are used in the same way that a watercolourist uses paint, building up layers of colour then adding detail to make the image come alive.

 

Below are images of work from several different felt artists. Click on each image to be taken to the source and find out more about their work. Hopefully you will feel inspired enough to join our forthcoming felt picture workshop here at the Bazaar with the talented Claire Lloyd to guide you. Create a landscape from your imagination or bring along a picture of your favourite real landscape (we have plenty to chose from here in Pembrokeshire after all!) and Claire will help you recreate the view with wool. Click here to go to our workshop page.

The Big Summer Bazaar

The Big Summer Bazaar

Celebrating all things green, growing and the great outdoors.

 

After the great success of our first Winter Maker's Market, (and after encouragement from many customers who enjoyed the evening), the Bazaar team has decided to create a totally different event during the early summer. After lots of head scratching and wordsmithing we've decided to call it 'The Big Summer Bazaar'.  Apparently, we were overthinking it!

The event will be focusing on green, growing and the great outdoors. Think garden party with street food, drink and a collection of locally made, locally sourced and locally grown goods to help you make the most of your outdoor space.

We've got a name for it - Now what?

Well, now we need to find lots of people to help make our event a success. We'd like to have:

Garden & Salvage

Our Bazaar Garden & Salvage Yard will be open and filled with all manner of wonderful things but we'd also like to invite traders who sell things to enhance the garden; maybe you make garden furniture, maybe you make insect hotels or bird boxes, or maybe you sell vintage garden pieces - we hope to provide a wide range of different goods.

The Great Outdoors

We want to celebrate the great outdoors and the way it can enhance our lives. We'd like traders who focus on making or using things that we can find around us. That could be a chainsaw carver or a spoon whittler or a weaver of baskets for foraging - there are so many ways we can benefit from the great outdoors.

Green and Growing Things

We'd like a selection of different plant growers able to not only sell but to give out information and support.

The Garden Party

We hope to create a wonderful atmosphere with a range of local and award winning street food and drink, some for consumption at the Bazaar, maybe some to take home. So if you're a local jam and chutney maker, or you sell welsh cakes straight from the griddle we'd love to hear from you.

Sustainability

Obviously many of the things already mentioned are sustainable in one way or another but we'd like to hear from those whose main focus is sustainability. Maybe you make and sell beeswax wraps, perhaps you sell bamboo toothbrushes, maybe you sell coir plant pots (instead of plastic ones) or perhaps you make chicken coops to help others source their food in a more sustainable way.

The Big Summer Bazaar will be held on Sunday 21st July, during Narberth Civic Week.

Our event will be held on a Sunday afternoon and evening, starting from 5pm - 10pm. It worked really well for our Winter Maker's Market though we will be making one small change;  the store will not be open during the day, allowing the Bazaar team to focus on creating a wonderful event, but it will be open during the event, along with our Garden & Salvage Yard.

If you believe that what you do might fit in well with our Big Summer Bazaar event, please get in touch.

The easiest way to get in touch is probably via Facebook Messenger; please find and like our FB page: bazaar.narberth and send a message with a link to your page / Instagram / or forward images of what you do. We'll get back to you with more information asap.

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Bazaar’s 2018 Winter Makers Market

"Thank you so much for organising your perfect Christmas Makers Fair. I was really looking forward to it and it didn't disappoint!! It was outstanding, a master class in how to put on a Christmas Fair. Nothing else has come close. I'm already looking forward to next year's!! We bought gorgeous items from the stall holders, and it was such a joy to see such high quality, different goods from actual makers. It was perfect! I got a bit overexcited in sending Richard to the cash point that I forgot to use the wrapping station!"

 

The 2018 Winter Makers Market held on December 2nd was the inaugural market event - and the first we've held at night.  We're so happy with how things went and the general feedback we had from customers was fantastic. That being said - we know that there are definite areas for improvement. Getting it perfect first time would be virtually impossible - but we're aiming for second time round perfection!

Customers have already asked if will be running the market again - and we're happy to be able to announce that the Winter Makers Market will now become an annual event on the first Sunday in December!

We will make improvements as mentioned, but the main aim - to bring together great street food and talented makers in a traditional festive market - will remain. The Market will grow bigger and better in the years to come and we look forward to welcoming you all back again.

 

Bazaar Winter Makers Market – Dec 2nd 2018

Why a Makers Market?

 

Last Christmas I visited a 'Christmas' Market. Honestly, I was beyond disappointed!

We think the people of Narberth (and indeed Wales) can do better. There's a wealth of talent in Wales; a new wave of talented makers creating beautiful goods sustainably and not an import in sight!

We decided to bring together talented makers and award winning food together in a celebration of the season.

 

 

 

How Will This Event be Different?

 

Simple - it will look, smell and taste festive and special!

 

The Market is an evening event; it will be cold and dark so beautiful lights and burning Swedish logs (as long as it's dry) will light the area.

There will be freshly roasted chestnuts and Welsh Street Food Champion 2018 Paternoster Farm will be serving up an amazing menu with a focus on using fresh, local ingredients.

Award winning seasonal and festive sorbets and ice creams will be available from Fire & Ice who make their products right here in Narberth.

(There may even be something warm and mulled too - but shhhh...it's a secret!)

The store will be open and the additional marquees will be heated so visitors can enjoy browsing.

Makers include basket makers, hand knitters, textile sewers, wood turners, yarn weavers, fabric printers, paper folders, jewellery creators, willow weavers, spoon whittlers, folk artists and... well, you'll have to join us and see! 

If you want to get creative then you'll have the opportunity to be a maker; paint your own ceramic festive tree decoration and collect it from Creative Café once it's been fired in the kiln.

Add our market to your diary and support local makers and your local economy this Christmas!

Time for more change…

It's been a wonderful summer so far...

 

...but there's the faint smell of change in the air.

Have you noticed it?

It's still warm when the sun shines but the evenings are becoming just a little cooler...

It's not autumn yet - but there's a whisper that it's on its way...

 

We've had an incredibly busy summer so far. During the rare day off we've been chatting about our ideas and plans for the future of the Bazaar.  We want it to become a collection of specialists, each with something very special to bring to the store. Our vintage and antique tool specialist has built a dedicated following over the past couple of years and his attention to detail, knowledge and breadth of range has seen him become the first port of call for many customers. Our own rustic (and sometimes quite primitive) stock also appeals to a certain customer and they revel in the fact that there will always be something fresh / rusty / beautifully chippy to consider bringing home.

 

We'd like to expand this idea of specialism, so a couple of our previous traders will be moving on to make way for others that will work more effectively towards our plans for the future growth of the Bazaar, either through their specialism or exciting eclectic mix of treasures. It means that we will soon be sharing with you a specialist folk art trader, a trader focusing on vintage engineering, and there's already the beginnings of a vintage cocktail collection with gorgeous high quality glassware. It was only designed to be a temporary display but it's popularity has encouraged us to extend it's life... 

 

Our small cabinet area is steadily growing to include other specialists; we're looking forward to seeing beautiful Georgian glass and possibly a specialist comic book trader!  It's all terribly exciting, and I've probably forgotten to mention half of what's going on, so you'll have to pop in and see for yourself. The changes will mostly take place at the end of August into the beginning of September, but there are already a few in place.

 

We're having fun creating this special place for our customers to enjoy - now all we need is for you to choose to shop independent, shop local and continue to enjoy it with us!

Exciting Expansion – Bazaar Garden & Salvage Now Open

Bazaar Garden & Salvage Now Open!

Drive into the Bazaar car park (which is round behind the store) and you'll see ahead of you some big, rusty, corrugated gates. This is where you'll find the latest expansion of the Bazaar - our new Garden & Salvage yard.

It's not huge but it's already filling up with beautiful garden pieces and the first of our fresh salvage stock...

The moss chair is a fascinating piece in the yard; once an unloved chair, not worth enough to pay to be properly reupholstered, now she's covered in living moss. We're already planning a little facelift for her again over the next week or so...

The lovely Lyndsey from The Wildflower Nursery has planted up some beautiful containers full of native wildflowers to show that you don't have to own a meadow to be able to create a beautiful wildlife and environmentally-friendly wildflower area. We stock some of her healthy wildflowers plants in lovely coir pots to get you started.

 

We're building up a selection of lovely garden pots and planters, garden furniture, statuary and some truly eclectic items that will all go to create the beautiful outside space that you deserve.

We're also starting to build a selection of more traditional 'salvaged' items, tiles and gates, doors and a variety of interesting bits and pieces - but obviously it will take some time to collect a large amount together.

 

 

 

The Garden & Salvage area is open most weekends and Mondays, with opening at other times available upon request, staff permitting.

Please telephone before making a special trip out to visit the G&S yard - although the store itself  is open 7 days a week.

 

We're looking forward to seeing you very soon...

Exciting Expansion – Bazaar Garden & Salvage Opening Soon!

Exciting Expansion - Bazaar Garden & Salvage Opening Soon!

Gardens have more recently become more of an extra living space than the traditional domain of grey-haired ladies with floral gloves, aprons and lethal secateurs snipping immaculate roses (ok, maybe that was just my grandma), probably due to the shrinking size of new-builds and the cost of getting onto the property ladder. Space is being grabbed from anywhere possible - attics, cellars and now gardens, to fulfil the additional needs of growing families, instead of  them simply moving to a larger home.

We love the fact that as a result, gardens are becoming styled in the same way as our homes; just look at the popularity of Selina Lake's latest book, Garden Style. She approaches designing an outside space in exactly the same way as an inside one - but with greater scope for including nature. Personally it's something we've always done; for example, my potting table is a mid-century dressing table and the bunnies sleep in an old gramophone cupboard. It's nice to see this idea of garden styling becoming more mainstream rather than me being the only crazy lady who hangs mirrors in her garden...

So, almost 2 years after we first opened the Bazaar, we are expanding.

We've creatively sectioned off a portion of our outside space and set about creating a Garden & 'department' that stays true to the ideals of the Bazaar.

There's a selection of garden furniture, planters and cast iron gates set between other more unusual pieces such as an antique corn shucker (boy, is that thing heavy!) and a beautiful (and rather large) hayrack. We're gradually adding to the stock, after all, the Bazaar itself wasn't built in a day either, but you'll definitely be able to get a taste of what we're doing from day one. Which is, by the way, Saturday 28th April! The date was chosen to coincide with a lovely annual town event - The Big Plant Sale.

Opening day will also see mini-workshops in making your own willow obelisks for your garden - ask at our stand at the plant fair or in the main store for more details.

 

 

We're also really excited to announce our new collaboration with The Wildflower Nursery.

Bazaar Garden & Salvage will soon be stocking a range of different native wildflowers from them to help you bring wildflowers and the wildlife that they encourage back into your outside space. Their expert knowledge will help you choose the right plant for the right spot - you can even get specific about what type of wildlife you want to attract!

Lyndsey from the Wildflower Nursery will be at the Big Plant Sale alongside us so come say hi.

 

 

It's all so exciting!

 

We're looking forward to seeing you very soon...

Bazaar Tips & Tricks – Crystal Care

When fine china and crystal glasses appear from the darkest recesses of kitchen cupboards to be washed ready for their annual festive outing…

(Personally I enjoy drinking from a fine glass all year round, whether it’s a cheeky glass of wine midweek or a glass of squash; it makes every drink seem special. But that’s just me!)

Some newer crystal glasses can be run (carefully) through the dishwasher but most have to be washed by hand. Oddly though, the glassware can still sometimes appear to be dirty. Streaks and clouding can easily spoil the appearance of the glass at the table but there are ways to look after vintage and antique glassware that helps to keep them sparkling.

 

  • First, line the bottom of your washing bowl with a clean teatowel or cloth to soften any accidental knocks.
  • Run warm water into the bowl with a small amount of washing up liquid. (Hot water will cause cloudiness in the crystal as will using too much washing up liquid.) Ensure the crystal is at room temperature and not cold from storage – a rapid change in temperature can cause the glass to shatter.
  • Wash only one piece at a time to avoid banging the pieces together. Using gloves can ensure that you don’t touch clean crystal and leave fingerprints.
  • Wash the crystal carefully with a soft cloth. If there’s a narrow opening, use a baby bottle brush to clean inside. 
  • Rinse the crystal carefully under a running tap using warm water to avoid streaks.
  • Dry each piece individually using a lint free cloth – kitchen paper can be good for this. 

 

Crystal that is already cloudy may be brightened back up by soaking the crystal in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for 5 to 10 minutes before washing carefully. 

 

If you’re hoping to add some extra glitz and glamour to your festive table then pop in to see us at the Bazaar. We have a wide range of crystal glassware plus everything else you might need from cloths to baubles and dinner services. The pieces I’m eyeing up are the gorgeous set of 4 etched with trees in winter…so they may have gone by the time you get here!

 

Glassware from Breweriana, Tim Mason, Louise Bradley in the Bazaar. 

Supper Club at the Bazaar – how was it?

The Bazaar is becoming known for doing things rather differently…

We don’t have a beautiful old building – instead we have a huge warehouse filled with beautiful things. 

We don’t make you walk from the town carpark and make it difficult to purchase anything that won’t fit in a carrier bag – instead we have a large private carpark behind our store and disabled parking right next to the door. 

We don’t cram our store – we give you plenty of room to explore, whether on foot, in a wheelchair or with a pushchair. 

We don’t stack our stock high – we display it beautifully to give you ideas about how to use pieces in your own spaces.

So… when we started chatting with our friend Michelle from Paternoster Farm and she said that she’d love to do a pop-up restaurant in the Bazaar…

of course, we loved the idea!

There were months of ironing out details and of Michelle getting all creative to come up with a suitably wonderful menu..

Then we set a date.

Now, would anyone want to come?

We really needn't have worried…

In true Pembrokeshire style bookings were slow to start but it was soon sold out!

Now, how do we turn a warehouse full of old things into a restaurant?

 

We put on music, turned the lights down and then it was over to Paternoster Farm.

Nibbles were laid out for arriving guests. When everyone was in their seats, service began…

 

 

What a wonderful evening!

Trestle tables, huge antique French linen cloths, hessian, antique stoneware and rosemary cut fresh from our garden set the scene. 

We managed to pull together 30 vintage and antique chairs from our own stock for guests to get comfy on. (We don’t think they noticed that they all still had price tags on…)

 

Fantastic atmosphere!

Chatting and laughing. Exclamations when tasting. Happy guests.

We had an amazing evening and our fellow diners were full of praise.

It hasn’t taken long for us to decide, along with Michelle at Paternoster Farm that this event is worth putting on again.

We’ll let you know when!

Paternoster Farm Supper Night at the Bazaar

Pop-up restaurants have popped up in some really wonderful places – and now it’s the turn of the Bazaar


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