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Crafty Periodic Table

2011 International Year of Chemistry2011 is the International Year of Chemistry, a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. As part of the ongoing events we have teamed up with the Edinburgh University School of Chemistry and National Museums Scotland to provide a crafty input into the world of Chemistry.

In Your Element is a drop in, chemistry-inspired craft event for all ages. Join us in creating a huge Periodic Table on the weekend of 9-10 July at the National Museum of Scotland, between 11 and 15.30.

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Member’s Stall at Earthy Craft Fair

Earthy Craft Fair

We’ve really been looking forward to this one! Earthy Food Market is a favourite grocery shop for many of our members so we were well chuffed to get a stall at tomorrow’s Earty Craft Fair. Our members will be selling their lovely creations from 12-4 and we’re also looking forward to meeting new craft-appreciating folk.

Entry is free so you can have your coffee and cake, do your grocery shopping and pick up some lovely handcrafted goods, all in one fell swoop. If it’s a good day you can even have a wee mosey and browse the garden plants.

See you there!

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Forthcoming events

We have secretly been planning a few things for the next couple of months and thought it was about time we shared them with you.

So this is what’s coming up:

10 October: Powers of Ten Day
Our member, Madeleine Shepherd is organising an event to celebrate the day. More details here.

26 October: Craft Meet @ Tea Tree Tea
Our monthly meet up where we make stuff, exchange ideas and drink tea.

7 November: Craft Reactor @ The Earthy Craft Fayre
We’ll have a stall at the market selling handmade goods crafted by our members. Check out our membership page if you’d like to join.

in November: Christmas workshop
A suitably themed workshop at a super-secret location… (aka venue to be confirmed)

23 November: Craft Meet @ Tea Tree Tea
More tea, yum!

12 December: Christmas Shopping Spree & Craft Party
A crafty day out visiting markets and shops which feature local artists and handmade goods culminating in an evening of consuming fine beverages and ogling other people’s purchases.

Also in the works is a members’ showcase exhibition. If you’re interested contact

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Join in the Day of Felt!

Saturday 2 October is the International Day of Felt – a day when felt makers around the world celebrate their craft by making something in the designated colours (this year blue/green/yellow) and making it public. see the call to artists on – your polit bureau thought it would be an interesting thing for Craft Reactor to contribute to.

Instead of organising a meet we’re having a virtual event. We’d like Craft Reactor members to make some kind of felt work according to the guidelines on the Felt United website. When you’re done take some photos of your creation and email them to – we’ll put all the Craft Reactor website and ask Felt United link to it.

felt bowl

Felt bowl by Madeleine Shepherd

If you haven’t made felt before here are some basic instructions

wet felting:

needle felting:

You can get supplies of fleece and felting needles from McAree Brothers in Howe Street, Edinburgh (unless it’s sold out!) and maybe from Hobbycraft out at Fort Kinnaird.

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Magpie Market

Magpie Market September

Magpie Market is returning to The LOT in the heart of the Grassmarket for a series of monthly markets.

The first one is this Saturday and we’re definitely paying it a visit. The market will run alongside the Buskers Brunch which will see fabulous live music by talented local ‘busking’ musician and brunch served in the café.

Our members Madeleine Shepherd and Carmen Moran are very pleased to be part of the event selling their handmade creations so pop in and say hello somewhere between tasty brunch and enjoying the tunes.

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Tea, Cake, Craft!

A tea party to introduce Craft Reactor to the world! If you’re interested in craft in any respect come and meet the people behind the organisation, drink tea, eat cake, win prizes and chat to us and each other.

We want to know what you would like to see Craft Reactor doing in the future and to tell you about our vision and the activities we have planned for the coming months. The direction we are aiming for is not only just about market events, we are interested in the social aspect of creativity, networking and building ties with the existing maker and craft entities in the area.

Join us on August 31st, between 6 and 8 at:

 The Glasite Meeting House
33 Barony Street
Edinburgh EH3 6NX.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer wheelchair access to this venue. We are doing our best to ensure that future events are fully accessible. If you can propose suitable venues we would be glad to hear about them.

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