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Many crafts use some form of adhesive to attach one item to another, this could be a glue, paste, gum, cement, bonding etc


With this stitch you can create a line that has no gaps.


Decorative combination of strips of veneer, used to decorate furniture or edge marquetry pictures


Traditional cask capacities - 36 gallons


The art of making baskets with interwoven materials like wicker, wood, grass, bamboo etc


A textile design technique using wax as a resist against coloured dyes.


The bulge in the middle of the cask


A skilled craftsman that made chair legs and braces


The central hoops after the Quarter hoops on a cask


The hole used to both fill and empty the cask


Traditional cask capacities - 108 gallons


This stitch is usually used around the edge of a piece of work. As such it can at times be used to connect two pieces of material together.


Meaning 'Beautiful Writing' from the Greek language 'Kali Graphe'


The section either side of the Cask Middle


The art of making fabric-covered boxes - traditionally stitched not glued.


This is a sewing stitch that once completed looks like a chain. It creates a bolder line. It can be a little difficult to master.


The extensions of the staves beyond the cask head


Hoops at the heads of the cask


warm Belgian chocolate flows down over the tiers and your dips are immersed into the chocolate.


Luxury hand made chocolates to the taste of your creation


A cooper makes or repairs casks


A cooper would work in a cooperage


Coopering means to do the work of a cooper


An embroidery technique in which strips of fabric, string etc are stitched onto the piece of work. The end result produces a 'zipped' effect.


An event where handmade goods are sold


The stitch can be used to create a series of crosses or Xs.


The cut where the heads are fitted


A technique used to burn away areas of a fabric leaving a textured pattern. Often seen on velvet/velour type scarves.


The art of drying whole flowers and stems to preserve the natural colour, usually air dried


The hoop in embroidery is used to hold a section of the material in place whilst working on the part. It makes stitching much easier. They are usually light weight so you can hold them with one hand.


Beeswax-based paint of the ancients. The modern version is extremely versatile.


Small jewellery making components,


Traditional cask capacities - 9 gallons


A French word meaning arrows, is a machine knitting technique used on a Passap machine to produce diagonal patterning.


The French knot is a stitch used to create a raised point of colour.


If you want to attach small or very small items to cards or other project a glue dot could be thing you are looking for. With the dot being small it can be less messy.


Both the top and the bottom of the cask


Traditional cask capacities - 54 gallons


Setting decorative bandings or marquetry designs into a solid wooden background


Originally meaning marquetry or inlay, now a separate craft combining fret-sawing and carving


Almost as common as cotton but a most more course vegetable fibre so often used in bags.


Traditional cask capacities - 18 gallons


Using straight eyeless needles to interlacing yarn in a series of connected loops


The craft of melting glass rods to form beads and small sculptures.


A person, or the craft, of cutting, grinding, shaping, or polishing stones, semi-precious stones, or gemstones.


Professional or hobbyist maker of marquetry or parquetry


Making deisgns and pictures from thin veneers of wood and other materials


The middle section of the Cask Head


Japanese paper cords, used to tie hair, for money envelopes and decorative crafts


The writing part of a pen as used in calligraphy and other crafts


A quick to learn technique for decorative painting


The Japanese art of paper folding. Papers are now used in a variety of crafts.


Decorative plasterwork usually found on timber framed houses, mainly in East Anglia.


Geometric marquetry designs (see Marquetry)


Traditional cask capacities - 4.5 gallons


The art of pressing natural flowers to preserve the colour and shape


Traditional cask capacities - 72 gallons


Writing with fire or heated tools onto leather or wood.


The sections after the Cask Cant


The hoops between the Chime and Bulge hoops


A pen cut and shaped from Swan or Goose flight feathers


Used to attach the hoops to the cask


This is a very easy to use stitch, it creates what looks like a series of dashes.


The process of soap making


The hobby of pasting memorabilia into custom-decorated albums, or scrapbooks.


A group of scrapbooking enthusiasts


Works on the principle of stretching material over a frame, blocking out certain areas and squeezing ink or dye through the frame - the same principle as stencilling.


A large computerised knitting machine which transferes computer generated designs into knitted garments. Often used in industry.


The bottom middle of a round basket, where the maker starts their work


As the name suggests, you push the needle back through the middle of the last stitch to split it.


The boards making up the sides of the cask


The joint between the cask staves


Pull the needle up next to the previous stitch. Keep to one side and at a slight angle to your line.


This stitch is used to create a row of parallel lines.


Making flowers and other items from sugar, marzipan, chocolate; also decorating cakes


4cm square pretty papers folded to make rosettes and used as embellishments for cards.


Wear it on the middle finger, so that you can push a needle through fabric. A thimble is a relatively inexpensive cap for your finger. If may be made of metal or rubber and could be open or closed top.


The base coat added to allow for a smoother or clearer finish. Often the undercoat is a less expensive light colour that both absorbs into the base layer and evens out colour.


This sheets of wood or other material (brass, mother-of-pearl, etc.) used for marquetry


Handmade Japanese paper


The old formal name for a timber merchant.


A spun thread of interlocking fibres.


You may want to use a zigzag stitch to re-enforce around a button hole, to connect the edges of two pieces of material or sewing materials that have a stretch.

Adding to the glossary

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