There may well be no Easter bonnets or historical dressing up days at secondary school, but I hadn't bargained on homeworks like 'Produce a scene from the Bayeux tapestry by next week (extra marks for not just drawing it).' I shouldn't grumble really - this kind of 'doing' homework is right up Dyslexic Daughter's street. And all that bonnet and costume-making has taught us a few things; most notably that it's best to stick with a simple idea. Tapestry and sewing are all very well, but not when you've only got seven days! My other rule is that these kind of projects should not involve spending a lot of money.
Daughter came up with a collage idea, but realised that apart from some backing fabric and a shiny scarf that could be used for chainmail, we were lacking both resources, and the time to go out and search for them. How could she get the project done and keep to the minimal spend rule?
Wiltshire Scrapstore to the rescue!
You may know Lacock in Wiltshire as a picture postcard village, home to an historical Abbey managed by the National Trust that provided the setting for Professor Snape's potion class in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. We, however, also love Lacock for being home to a children's and community charity, the Wiltshire Scrapstore: "The Scrapstore is an Aladdin's cave of unusual materials. There are various Scrapstores based around the country, each servicing a particular community area. We cover Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) and the surrounding area. We have one of the largest, busiest Scrapstores in the country, full of 'scrap' material donated by industry, that would otherwise have gone to landfill, to meet the needs of our 3000+ members."
|The Scapstore's retail outlet - craft kits, art and craft materials, recycled gifts etc|
We've attended their holiday workshops, bought recycled gifts in their shop, and in a Bayeux Tapestry emergency situation, we've discovered they have an online shop! Phewee! Felt, fabric crayons, slivers of silvery card and PVA glue were all ordered on the Sunday, and hand delivered the next day. (We might have spent a little bit more than intended, but at least we're well equipped and won't get caught out when the next crafty homework comes along!) You too can avail yourself of their online operation for all sorts of art and craft materials, very reasonably priced, although if you're not like us and don't live within a few miles of Lacock, you'll probably have to rely on Royal Mail for your delivery. Or why not check out what your local Scrapstore offers?
Oh and if you're wondering, here's Daughter's version of Harold with the arrow! Scrapstore, we couldn't have done it without you! I completely agree with customer Sam (age unspecified) who features on the website testimonial page, "I think this shop is apserlootly amazing!"