do-it-yourself Button Making

ButtonMakerMake your own buttons at London Fields Shoppe! We have two sizes for you to choose from – 1″ and 1 1/4″. Email us at hello @ londonfieldsshoppe.com for a button making template and follow these easy steps to creating your own personalized buttons!

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You can choose to use a computer ready image or print the template provided and draw an image directly on to the paper. Make sure to keep your design within the circle, so that nothing gets cut off – inner circle: your image / outer circle: background colours. Create identical designs or different ones!

Finished button designs need to be printed on a regular weight photocopy / printer paper. Print off the number of button designs that you plan to make. We have a special circle cutter at the shop, so there is no need to hand cut each button design before arriving.

Email us with the time / date you wish to come to the store and make your buttons. A reminder that we are open from 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday and the last time slot is 3:00pm. I would recommend giving yourself at least an hour depending on the number of buttons you wish to make.

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There is a minimum order of 30 buttons of the same size. Less than 30 buttons = $2.00 each plus tax.

1″ buttons – 50 cents each plus tax (based on a minimum of 30 buttons)
1 1/4″ buttons – 60 cents each plus tax (based on a minimum of 30 buttons)

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Contact us here if you have any questions!

* Cutter and button maker is for in-store use only.
* Sorry, we do not offer button making services. You will need to come in to the shop and make your own buttons.
* We are unable to offer graphic services to assist you with your button design. If you are looking for some help, we would be happy to recommend a few designers that we have worked with in the past.
* There is no special pricing for large quantities of buttons at this time.

New Workshop with Maurelle Calligraphy

MaurelleCalligraphyWorkshopWe’re pleased to announce that Maurelle Calligraphy will be hosting a beginner calligraphy workshop at London Fields Shoppe on July 18th. Focusing on modern calligraphy, Maurelle will cover the fundamentals including the basics of traditional copperplate style script where you use a sharp pointed nib rather than the flat nib used in most calligraphic writing. You will also learn how to write the complete alphabet and to find your own style, the proper use of calligraphy tools and equipment, and tips and tricks on how to hone your skills. This is a perfect workshop for those with little, or no, experience in using a pointed pen.

The 3 hour workshop includes 1 pen holder, 2 nibs, a calligraphy worksheet, a jar of ink, and a handmade wood pen holder. Light refreshments will be served.

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Calligraphy Workshop
Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Sold Out – contact us to be added to the wait list or for new dates
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Cost: $135.00 plus tax. Space is limited to 10 students.

REGISTER online here or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

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Maurelle is a modern calligrapher, who fell in love with the old world charm of writing letters at the age of 15. Inspired by the beautiful nature in British Columbia, old French letters, and vintage calligraphy books, she collaborates with exceptional wedding vendors and has had her work featured in a number of noteworthy and remarkable magazines and blogs (Adore Magazine, Belle Lumiere Magazine, Real Weddings, The Luxe Pearl, Wedluxe and Style Me Pretty Canada). Her clients have also included Dior and I, Nordstrom Canada and L’Oreal Paris just to name a few. Her most recent project was with the ABC series “Once Upon A Time” Season 4, where one of her calligraphy styles was showcased as the handwriting of one of the main characters.

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Got Craft? 2015 Holiday Edition – New Venue!

PipeShopSave the date! Got Craft? is on the move once again and are super excited to be popping up in the beautiful community of North Vancouver this December!

Got Craft? 2015 Holiday Edition
Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th, 2015
10-5pm
The Pipe Shop Building at the Shipyards
115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

“Say what?! I thought that the Maritime Labour Centre was Got Craft?’s forever home!”

Thank you to everybody that visited us at the Maritime Labour Centre. As much as we loved the venue (that gorgeous mural!) and the East Village / Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood, the venue will most likely be closing their doors in the coming months. Unfortunately, due to the arson fires they had experienced over the past year, their insurance fees has skyrocketed. As many of you may know, finding a suitable venue specifically in East Vancouver is a struggle (minimum 7,500 square foot, accessible via public transit, availability, affordable, allows outside food – carts and vendors, etc) and although the Pipe Shop Building is a temporary venue, we are super excited to be hosting our next event here.

For those unfamiliar with the area, the Pipe Shop Building is where pipe fitters laid out piping systems for new ships in the 1940s. It is a beautifully restored heritage building located in the Shipyard’s Plaza on the City’s waterfront in Lower Lonsdale and is located adjacent to the Lonsdale Quay Market, sea bus and transit hub with plenty of free parking. With windows circling the entire venue, high ceilings with exposed wooden beams, it really is an amazing place to showcase some of the best indie crafts that Got Craft? is known for! Mark your calendars for another amazing event!

If you are interested in applying to be a vendor, online applications are now open until Friday, August 21st and are available on our website by clicking here. If you have any questions about the upcoming event, please read over our application and the FAQ before emailing us.

Taxidermy Workshop – new date added

TaxidermyWorkshopN1Thank you to everybody that signed up for the beginner taxidermy workshop with Gabrielle Whiteley of Owl and Windsor. Did you catch Gabrielle on the front page of the Georgia Straight last week? Well, our first workshop is now sold out and we have added a second date! Join us at the shop on Saturday, July 25th from 10-2pm and learn the processes and techniques behind basic taxidermy. Be sure to sign up soon, so you don’t miss out!

For a complete workshop description including some answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015
10:00am to 2:00 pm
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings, Vancouver

Cost: $210.00 plus tax. Space is limited to 10 students.

REGISTER online here or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

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Originally from London, UK, Gabrielle Whiteley has always had a fascination with taxidermy and the natural world from a very young age. Seeing giant dioramas at the Natural History Museum as a child to her keen interest in Biology and Fine Art were definite factors that sparked her curiosity for taxidermy and oddities. The history and the process of taxidermy was what led Gabrielle to teach herself the techniques of the art, which eventually created Owl & Windsor. She considers taxidermy as connection of both Art and Biology and it is this tie that inspires and influences her work. Her work has already profiled on CBC radio, CBC online, Scout Magazine and Vancouver is Awesome.

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new workshop :: beginner taxidermy

BeginnerTaxidermy1BeginnerTaxidermy2TaxidermyWorkshop3Are you ready for another workshop? Gabrielle Whiteley from Owl and Windsor will be teaching the processes and techniques behind basic taxidermy. Students will learn how to mount their own mouse in a 4 hour hands on class. The workshop will cover how to skin, clean, prepare, and mount one mouse using  traditional dry preservation methods. Students will have the options to create a naturalistic pose, or an anthropomorphic pose -a practice in which animals are posed as if they have human characteristics- an art form made famous by Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.

The class fee covers all materials, supplies, and specimens.  There will be a selection of props and accessories provided, however students are encouraged to bring their own accessories and bases if they want to create something specific. Each student will leave the class with their own finished piece, the knowledge and practices of basic taxidermy, and after care instructions. It is advised that students bring a small box or bag to transport their new creation home safely.

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Beginner Taxidermy Workshop
Sunday, June 7th, 2015sold out

NEW DATE – Saturday July 25th 

10:00 am to 2:00 pm
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings, Vancouver

Cost: $210.00 plus tax. Space is limited to 10 students.

REGISTER online here or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

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Some frequently asked questions answered:

There are no harsh or dangerous chemicals used in the class (borax is what is used)

All specimens used are legally and ethically sourced. Owl & Windsor does not condone animal cruelty or the slaughter of animals simply for the purposes of taxidermy. Specimens have been purchased from reptile ​feeder​​ suppliers​​ where the animals have been humanely euthanized to feed reptiles and amphibians.

All specimens are disease free. T​he suppliers take​ ​extra precautions to produce healthy and virus free feeder animals​, but as with dealing with any dead specimen it is important to thoroughly was​h your hands after handling them. Gloves will be provided during the class for those who would like to use them.

Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class and in consideration to other students, dissection of the carcass will not be allowed in the class. We will not be liable for any injuries or allergic reactions resulting from using sharp craft knives and borax or any other materials.

If you have any other questions about the workshop, please contact the shop via email at hello(at)londonfieldsshoppe(dot)com.

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Originally from London, UK, Gabrielle Whiteley has always had a fascination with taxidermy and the natural world from a very young age. Seeing giant dioramas at the Natural History Museum as a child to her keen interest in Biology and Fine Art were definite factors that sparked her curiosity for taxidermy and oddities. The history and the process of taxidermy was what led Gabrielle to teach herself the techniques of the art, which eventually created Owl & Windsor. She considers taxidermy as connection of both Art and Biology and it is this tie that inspires and influences her work. Her work has already profiled on CBC radio, CBC online, Scout Magazine and Vancouver is Awesome.

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image #1 via Scout Magazine | images #2 and #3 via Owl and Windsor