Half Term and Halloween at Emporia

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Autumn is well and truly under way now, the nights are drawing in and there’s a distinct chill in the air. All this makes us want to wrap up warm, drink hot chocolate and indulge in a little bit of cosy creative craft. So to that end, we’ve got plenty happening in the shop to keep kids and adults entertained over this half term. Read on for autumnal inspiration!

Half Term Kids Classes

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Simple Skirt – £25.00, age 8+
Make your very own simple skirt from our range of fabulous and funky fabrics! Choose a print, sew your skirt and wear it over the holidays to impress your friends. Some previous sewing experience is desirable but not necessary.
11am – 12.30pm Tuesday 25th October 2016

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Halloween Trick or Treat Bag – £10.00/£20.00 age 4+/age 8+
Make your own spooktacular bag for collecting yummy Halloween treats this half term! Two different sessions mean that little kids can cut out shapes and glue them onto their bags, while older children can sew their own bags from some of our funky Halloween themed fabrics.
Over 4s – 11am – 12pm Wednesday 26th October 2016
Over 8s – 2pm – 3.30pm Wednesday 26th October 2016

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Pencil Case – £20.00, age 8+
Pick a cool pattern from our range of fabrics and make yourself an amazing pencil case to start the new term with – the perfect way to impress your friends and your teacher!
11am – 12pm Friday 28th October 2016

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Halloween Spooktacular – Free
Emporia is also taking part in the Park Mall Halloween celebrations as we are one of the shops involved in the Trick or Treat trail – kids can collect treats from all participating shops, win prizes for dressing up in their freakiest and most frightening best, and enjoy the street entertainment.
1pm – 5.30pm Saturday 28th October 2016

Adult Classes

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Knit a Winter Hat – £32.00, 14+
Learn how to make your very own hat with this super simple session that teaches you the basics of rib, stocking stitch and decreasing – you’ll even get to make a big pompom to finish to sew on top. Knitted on really big needles with a lovely dense super chunky wool, this hat knits up amazingly quickly and will keep your head nice and toasty this winter. This class is perfect for beginners as long as you have a basic grasp of knit and purl.
2.30pm – 5pm Saturday 22nd October 2016

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Beginner’s Patchwork – £75.00
This one off introduction to patchwork is run by renowned patchwork designer Mandy Munroe, and involves learning basic patchwork techniques including colour choice, rotary cutting and sewing blocks using modern methods. On the day you will sew four blocks and gain enough skill in order to continue sewing squares and triangles at home so you can finish off your quilt under your own steam.
10.30am – 3.30pm Saturday 29th October 2016

For more information on any of our half term classes, click on the Classes page or give us a ring on 01233 612278. Or you can pop into the shop and have a chat with us in person, we’d love to see you here!

Halloween Birthday Party

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You may not have noticed but we’ve been selling our gorgeous fabrics and crafts on Bank Street for nearly one whole year now. Our official birthday takes place on Friday 31st October 2014, so what with it being Halloween and all, we’ve decided to have a suitably spooky birthday party – and you’re all invited!

Head down to the shop on our birthday and you can expect to see all kinds of special events taking place: for a start, any customer who spends more than £10.00 gets to take away a fat quarter of their choice, absolutely free – nothing says Happy Birthday like free fabric we think. Once you’re in the shop, you can take a look at all our Halloween loveliness before popping out the back to indulge in some delicious tea and biscuits, or coffee and cake as the Casey from Lil’ Tea Tank spends the day with us, serving up her fabulous bakes. She will be in residence from 10am – 3pm, keeping out the chill with her tasty hot treats, and helping us celebrate our very first birthday.

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If you feel like getting some craft on while you munch on your cake, then fear not – one of our fabulous tutors will be on hand with a drop in felt brooch making class. Grab yourself some colourful felt and a button or two, and get sewing – all for £5.00. Kids won’t be left out on the day either as they will have the chance to make some suitably spooky makes too: choose from spiders, ghosts or Halloween masks made from felt and wool, for just £2.50 per child. And of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without a quick rummage in the treats cauldron on the way out.

If that all sounds like jolly good fun, then please do pop in and join us as we mark our first anniversary – it would be fantastic to have all our loyal customers come and celebrate with us on the day. And in the meantime, you can take a look at our fantastic Halloween crafts in the run up to the scariest night of the year.

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Perfect last minute dressing up aids like funky hair accessories, and the fantastic ghoulish headscarves from Aye Aye are just the thing to pop on your head and wear to your Halloween party. Modeled by Melissa from Aye Aye herself, and the lovely Casey from Lil’ Tea Tank, who will be here on the day, choose from horns, green brains, and creepy hands all perfect for  stylish yet scary dressing.

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If your kids are keen to get out and about in their Halloween best, then kit them out with some Trick or Treat bags in our funky fabrics – made by Lotte Jamieson, these cute bags are spot on for little and not so little children eager to get their hands on their share of sweets.

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Feel like spooking up your home with something a bit more grownup? These gorgeous witches’ cats also from Lotte Jamieson are just the job for sitting on the sofa or by the fire for your Halloween party. Plus, we’ve got a bumper crop of pumpkins sat in the window, waiting for someone to take them home and make them their own. And as if all this wasn’t quite enough Halloween fare, we’ve got bunting, bats, jewellery and a fantastic selection of spookily themed fabrics for you to make your own crafty creations with.

But most important of all – don’t forget to head our way anytime from 10am onwards on Friday 31st October for our special Halloween themed birthday!