A Blast from the Past and a Visual Treat

      

 

One of our customers sent us these photographs of Moire Patterns which were a Proops product from the 1970s.  Nick, our customer used these with an overhead projector to send moving coloured patterns to the backdrop of his rock band – how cool is that!  He told us “The roadie loved this, as he could have a beer and watch us perform while the patterns changed”.  Nick’s children and grandchildren have also enjoyed using these over the years.  How great to hear how these were used and that they are still in use today.  Certainly made to last!

We love to hear your stories of the Proops products over the years, we certainly sold some unusual things. Lots of our customers reminisce about the Tottenham Court Road days and though we are no longer in the same location, our ethos and service remains the same.  Our warehouse in Leicestershire still has some of the original stock from back in those days and we have long been a go-to for those tools you just can’t find anywhere else.

If you have any memories you’d like to share, we love you to get in touch.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great week.

Isobel

Bag Handles

I finally got some time to get my sewing machine set up and get a little crafting done.  I had some black leather material which I though would be great as a bag using our wood effect round bag handles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had an idea of the shape I was looking to create and having made a cardboard template of the pieces I would need, I set to work.  The leather was easier to work with than I expected it to be and for a first attempt, I’m pretty pleased with the result. The brown wood effect handles are a nice contrast to the black leather but we do have lots of other sizes, shapes and colours of bag handles available.

Here are some other examples of bags we have made with our range of handles:

Our range of long bag handles.

 

We’d love to see any bags you have made using our handles.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.

Isobel

 

Small Macrame / Craft Rings

 

Our latest product is a set of 8 small macrame / craft rings.  Made from plastic in a brown colour, they are perfect for all kinds of projects. The sizes are:

– 12mm diameter (3mm thick)
– 16mm diameter (3mm thick)
– 20mm diameter (3.5mm thick)
– 25mm diameter (4mm thick)
– 30mm diameter (4mm thick)
– 35mm diameter (4mm thick)
– 40mm diameter (4.5mm thick)
– 45mm diameter (4.5mm thick)

We have made a few things with them.  These macrame earrings look great.

 

Or what about for keychains:

 

Great for little hanging rings on smaller projects:

These are now available on our website.  The product code is S7850.  Don’t forget to tag us in your posts if you use these to make anything, we’d love to see your creations.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.

Isobel

 

Looking for something to keep the kids occupied during half-term?  We have lots of craft ideas on our Instagram and Facebook pages if you are looking for some inspiration.  From baking to weaving and bag making to dreamcatchers, our wreath rings, bag handles, weaving looms and pastry scrapers are great for all sorts of crafting projects.  What about making some candles or wax melts with them?  We have a few beginners kits which contain everything you need to get started.  Our Weaving Looms also come with easy to follow instructions so all you need is wool and you are ready to go.  Or what about some of our coloured macrame rings to use in ‘make your own games’.  These would be great for hoopla and sorting games.  Our round candle moulds are brilliant for making bird feeders – make a few of these to hang in the garden then set them up with a picnic, some binoculars and some paper and pencils to make notes of the birds that come to the garden. (We have posted a homemade bird fat ball recipe if you need one, see our Instagram or Facebook pages or check our earlier blogs.)

We’d love to see what you use our craft supplies for, during half-term or any other time, so don’t forget to tag us on Instagram and Facebook or send us some photos.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.

Isobel

MAKE YOUR OWN WREATH

Our wreath rings are so versatile.  These rings are available in round and heart shapes and are made from durable plastic which can be re-used time and again so you can change to match your decor or the season.  The round ring is 12″ in diameter and comes in two colours, green and brown. The heart shape is 8″ and available in white or brown.  Have a look on our Instagram and Facebook pages for some seasonal inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The great thing about making your own is that you will have something completely unique, so why not get creative and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram or send us a photo of your finished wreath, we’d love to see and share what you’ve made.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel

Macrame Owl

This cute macrame owl was made by Leah in our office.  Leah is our resident expert on macrame and has made some lovely designs using our rings and rods.  These feature on our Instagram and Facebook pages to showcase the rings and rods we make and to give our customers some inspiration if they are new to macrame.  We have a large range of macrame rings and other shapes including hearts and geometric shapes as well as the rods which are available in different sets and sizes.

Have you made any macrame using our rings or rods? Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram, we’d love to see your designs.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel.

 

Dolls House Panels

Add some period detailing to your dolls house with our raised panelling.  These 12th scale moulded panels measure 2″ x 3″ and are easy to cut and fit or even paint.  The panels are made from injection moulded plastic and are available to buy in packs of 10 in both white and wood effect and in tongue and groove effect.  You could also finish your room with some custom prints or mirrors on the wall using our rectangular and oval picture frames.

We have a large range of tools which are perfect for miniature work so why not pop over to our website and have a look.

Add some finishing touches with a pretty rug.  We made this one using our weaving loom board.  These are also great for phone socks and our larger version makes the perfect ipad/tablet cover.

We are continually adding new products and tools to our website so keep checking back to see if we have just what you are looking for.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel

Gardening

 

 

I’ve been busy in the garden over the Easter holidays.  It was lovely to have some sunshine to work in, here’s hoping it will not be our only good weekend for a while!

My borders are now all neatly edged with our latest product, decorative top garden edging.  The easy to install design made short work of my rough edges and being made from rigid plastic which contains a UV stabiliser, it means I don’t have to worry about cleaning and maintenance – a quick hose down every so often and they should look good for a long time.  We have three colours available, black, terracotta and blue grey brick.

 

Spot my little photo bomber in this one, I didn’t even see her until I uploaded the photo – my little cat Freya was enjoying the good weather and my hard work!

We will have other designs available soon – this rope top style is currently in production and will be on our shelves soon so keep checking back.

Don’t forget we have lots of other gardening products available, pop over to our website and have a look in our DIY and gardening section.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.

Isobel

Spring Weddings

 

Are you planning a spring wedding?  We have some great ideas which may be of interest to you.  Our little storage tins are perfect for wedding favours.  These could be filled with lovehearts or mints and decorated and customised using ribbons, labels, dried flowers, stamped metal hearts or any range of individual designs to make them completely personal.  The tins are aluminium and available with both clear and solid lids.  You could also make little scented candles in them and again customise to suit your own style and taste.

 

Floral decorations could be made using our new heart shaped wreath ring.  These would look lovely decorating your venue.  Fresh or artificial flowers could be used in any colour.  These are simple to make and so pretty.

What about a floral wreath ring as an alternative to a traditional flower posy for the flower girls to carry?  We have made the above one using two of our macrame rings with some dried flowers and ribbons.

 

We’ve also put our macrame rods to use as invitation scrolls.  Design and print your invitation, glue each end to a macrame rod, roll them up and tie with a pretty ribbon.  The rods could be sprayed gold, silver or any other colour to match your chosen colour scheme.

We are working or some more ideas for table decorations so pop back and have a look.  Have you used our tools or products to make anything for a wedding or party?  We’d love to see, tag us in your designs.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Isobel.

Lacemaking

 

We have lacemaking bobbins for sale on our website. These bobbins are 100mm long by 5mm wide, made from plastic in a wood effect finish and are available in different quantities.  They are made by our parent company Linic Plastics here in our factory in Leicestershire.  We have lots of other craft and hobby products for sale as well as tools for jewellery makers, model engineers, modellers and DIY enthusiasts.  Why not pop over to the website and have a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel