Cardmaker showcases craft for girls
‘‘They call it the Cricut because when you start using it, you get the bug.’’
Madge Broyden has taken over the double garage attached to the house for her all-consuming card and gift-box making hobby.
The Cricut, pronounced ‘cricket’, machine sits connected to a laptop on the main worktable.
It’s a computerised cutter that can snip out intricate pre-progammed patterns or bespoke designs in card, vinyl, felt and other fabric.
‘‘It cuts all the little bits that could be done by hand, but unlike with a die, you can make the pattern as big or as small as you want. It scales things up and down.’’
Broyden knows all about ‘the bug’. A few years ago during an illness, she was introduced to this new level of crafting by her Tauranga-based sister Flo Hill-Rennie, who is renowned in the card-making world as the ‘Cricut Queen’.
‘‘There’s nothing she doesn’t know about the Cricut.’’
Broyden moved hubby Keith out of the garage a couple of years ago. The workshop is flanked down one side by storage cabinets containing card stock, punches, dies and colours. There are display areas and work tables along the other walls.
Here’s where she designs and produces her intricate card and vinyl sculptures and holds her Madge’s Creations ’’easy peasy’’ card-making classes.
‘‘I do it because I love crafting, and I want to share it with others.’’
The workshop is also one of the 20-odd locations for Takaro Rotary’s Girls Sheds tour on Sunday, February 19.
Hill-Rennie will also be in attendance demonstrating the Cricut machine.
‘‘Flo will work the Cricut machine all day,’’ Broyden said.
Takaro Rotary’s Marilyn O’Halloran said the female twist on blokes-in-sheds has proved exceptionally popular.
This year’s tour is based on hobby haunts in Palmerston North as well as sheds in Roberts Line, Hansens Line, Glen Oroua and Rangiotu.
The $30 tickets for the 9am - 4.30pm excursion include lunch and are available in Palmerston North from iSite in The Square, Bernina on Main St, Caltex on Tremaine Ave, and Capers Cafe on Broadway.
Card maker extraordinaire Madge Broyden with her Cricut machine and some of the items it helps create.