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52 Crafts in 52 weeksChris Webb Lazy Crafternoons

When we heard that Chris Webb from Lazy Crafternoons was going to be making 52 craft items in 52 weeks on his blog, and auctioning them off to raise money for charity we had to find out more.

What is the 52 weeks, 52 crafts project that you are running on your blog this year?  

'52 Weeks, 52 Crafts' is a challenge I set out for myself for the new year. I wanted to get going on my making 'to do' list and also learn some new skills, so I thought I would try to make at least one small project a week (sometimes large projects too!) and as I started to plan I realised it would be a fantastic way to do something for charity and raise money for an important cause. 

What made you decide to do it?  

To be honest, I didn't really think it through! I'm pretty sure I decided to do it the moment I thought of the idea. Of course over the last few weeks i've had to work out my plans and the logistics, but as soon as the idea poppedLazy Crafternoons into my head - I knew I had to do it. I'm always making different things and have a range of different skills, and I thought it would be a great way to share my skills with people and  also collaborate with other makers.. 

Why did you decide to give the profits to charity, and is there a particular reason for choosing Macmillan?  

I've lost a number of close family members to cancer in the past few years. When I was growing up my grandfather had cancer, and as an adult I've lost both my grandmothers, my father and other close family members to cancer as well. From my own experience, as well as watching people of my own generation lose their spouses and loved ones to cancer, I've come to realise how important it is to contribute not only to cancer research, but also charities like Macmillan who support those who are effected by cancer. 

As I've been studying for the past few years and trying to complete my Ph.D.. my budget has been tight, and so I don't have much I can give except for lending my talents and abilities to charitieQuilted Bibss and fundraising projects. 

What crafts can we expect to see in the coming months?  

You can expect to see all sorts of different things. So far I've focused on sewing and patchwork projects, but I have plans to try lino printing, screen printing, as well as making and showcasing my range of handmade bath and body products which I teach people to make. I hope that every month there will be one guest maker (I won't be taking a break, just doing a two-week long project in the background) and at least one collaborative project, so I hope that will bring a wider variety to the project. 

Will you be providing a tutorial for each craft? Are they all your tutorials or will you be using ones from other sources too?  

I hope to provide my own tutorials along the way, as well as try out and test tutorials written by other makers. There won't always be a tutorial as I can't give away all my little secrets, but no matter what there will be useful tips and techniques as well as lots of crafty inspiration! 
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Can other people get involved in the making & fundraising too?  

Yes. Throughout the year there will be extra sales, in-person local events in Bristol, as well as guest makers and collaborators. Anyone who wants to support the project behind the scenes or collaborate, should simply get in touch. I’m currently planning to host a mini-silent auction at the Magpie Market in Bristol on March 25th, which will be the first event I’m organising as a part of the project.

Are you still looking for people to provide tutorials/guest post or have you already got the whole year planned out?  

Yes, of course! I've had a few people come forward and have my first guest maker lined up but am currently trying to book up the year so that people who are helping can Quiltcommit to a time that works for them and their project. Anyone with an idea can just send me an email at info@lazycrafternoons.co.uk and we can work out a plan.

Finally where can we find you online?  

The blog can be found here http://lazycrafternoons.blogspot.com where the weekly projects and updates are well underway.

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