Friday, 30 September 2016

Don’t miss our House Warming Party!

We know how much you’ve been missing us on Freeview, but don't worry we will be back at our new FREEVIEW home on Channel 85 this Saturday, 1st October – and we want to invite you all to our House Warming Party!

We’ve got 8 says packed of fabulous shows from the biggest names in craft including Sara Davies with the Crafter’s Companion team, Barbara Gray and her amazing Claritystamp products, the Creative Expressions team, Encaustic Art, Hobby Art, Past Times, Quilters Trading Post, SAA, Antex, be Creative! And so much more…



What can you look forward to?

Credit on your Account
To celebrate our new home we will be offering EVERYONE £10 credit off your first order during our week-long celebrations, all you have to do is spend £30*.

Bonus Gifts
Each of our guests, on every day of our Housewarming Party would love you to join in the party! To include you in our celebrations, you’ll receive a bonus gift that will be automatically added to your purchase, made during any live show!

Up to 20% Freedom Discounts
Freedom members will be sure to make a saving during our House Warming event with up to 20% discounts across ALL of our shows! Why not join today and make sure you SAVE?

Join us from 8pm Saturday 1st October as we kick off our House Warming celebrations with Sara’s Signature One Day Special!
You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.


*T&Cs apply 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

5 Different Upcycling Styles by Helen Johnson

Helen from The Decorating Centre is back with us this Saturday, demonstrating the fabulous Rust-Oleum range. From the Mini's Upcycling Kit, perfect for upcycling beginners, to individual paints, waxes and brushes, join Helen this Saturday at 11am and 3pm for tonnes of inspiration, top tips and techniques! 


Many people think upcycling is just about the shabby chic style, flat matte finish, distressing and only for people transforming furniture around the home. Whilst it is all of those things it’s also so much more! For anyone that thinks shabby chic isn’t their style, or that they prefer bold colours and a sheen finish over a distressed one I’ve pulled together my favourite upcycling techniques to show you just how much more it is!





1. Distressing
We had to discuss this one first as it’s the most common technique but it really is so satisfying and can be done in so many ways! You can distress your coat of paint back to the original finish underneath for an aged look, apply a metallic finish as your first coat before your colour and distress the project for a stunning and expensive looking sheen or apply a contrasting colour underneath your top coat and distress back to it which helps to give an aged look for something that maybe isn’t that old!



2. Ombre
So there is a big chance that I made up this word thinking of a hairdressers technique of taking my hair from dark to light but it fits with what I’m trying to describe so I’m keeping it! I absolutely love mixing colours together to create a graduated effect. Its so simple and effective and people really think you’ve done something incredibly complicated so are really impressed with the finished result!




3. Dry Brushing
It doesn’t sound very exotic but dry brushing can give a really effective touch to your project and is a different finish to distressing. My favourite finish is to use the metallic furniture paint to highlight any intricate patterns on my project.


4. Decoupaging
You can really finish off a project by adding something extra to your paint! I’ve used anything  from napkins to wallpaper to add a finishing touch or a different style to my projects!




5. Fabric Painting
Yes, you can paint material with this paint and the finish is truly amazing and much cheaper than re-upholstering!


There really is so much that you can achieve with this amazing range of paints from Rust-Oleum, hopefully you’ll join me on Hochanda this Saturday where I’ll be taking you through each of these techniques and showing you my hints and tips!

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

How to Make an Advent Wreath from Woven Design Paper Stars

Get the perfect centrepiece this Christmas with this beautiful, unique countdown advent using steel wool and stars woven from Vivi Gade paper star strips from the Creativ Company. Four white pillar candles, each decorated with zinc tags with punched out numbers, are fixed onto candle holders with a point and pushed into the wreath. The wreath is decorated further with small transparent glass Christmas baubles.






Step 1
Cover the wreath with steel wool. Attach with silver plated wire. 






Step 2
Weave 24 small stars using the narrow paper star strips and 4 large stars using the wide paper star strips. Follow the instructions printed on the back of the packaging of the paper star strips. NB: Weave the large stars with only upstanding points on one side.






Step 3
Attach four wide paper star strips around the wreath using a glue gun. Attach the four large stars onto the wreath. Push the four candle holders with points into the wreath between each star.







Step 4
Attach the small stars and the small glass Christmas baubles to the wreath using a glue gun.






Step 5
Tie a piece of doubled-over silver plated wire around each pillar candle. Decorate with a glass bauble and a zinc tag with Advent numbers.





You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.



Monday, 26 September 2016

Our Biggest Masterclass yet… with Matthew Palmer!

We are so thrilled by the amazing response our first ever ‘Try Me’ Masterclass with Matthew Palmer that we just HAD to share with you just some of the amazing feedback that our customers have shared with us…  


With over 1350 tickets sold, Matthew Palmer gave our customers a personal one-to-one watercolour painting lesson online, using the free kit to create two scenic paintings in the comfort of their own home!

Just look at what people are saying about their experience…

Thank you so very much to you all at Hochanda, and especially to Matthew, for the most fabulous Watercolour Masterclass!  Matthew is absolutely brilliant!!!! I have so, so enjoyed every minute of the lesson, and I will really look forward to watching the lesson again many times, as it was so, so enjoyable, educational, and has really inspired and given me the confidence to return to watercolours ... Matthew is so, so great at teaching! Thank you, once again!  I will also really look forward to taking more Masterclasses now, and all the art products on Hochanda are absolutely lovely and such great quality, thank you for such a fabulous place to shop, learn and be inspired ... I am very grateful to you all ... Matthew is such an amazing and so very talented artist, and I cannot wait to keep going with my painting now! It has been fantastic! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, and I am so very grateful for such a superb Masterclass, it's been wonderful and I've learnt so much already ... With so, so many thanks and very best wishes, kind regards too ...Claire. - C.Winnicott
Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed Matthew’s class. Thanks for the free kit and class. The results were remarkably good, I loved being able to watch an artist expertly mix colours which I've not had the opportunity of previously despite taking classes at night class. I am keen to take Matthews series of classes, and the deal for this appears very good. It's great to use the same equipment and paints as the artist and try to achieve almost similar results. Thanks for the gift of the class and equipment again, really appreciate it - Cheryl
Hi I had a great time at the masterclass with Matthew, he is very good at explaining and he is a very calming person so I didn’t feel worried or apprehensive at all, my paintings are better than I thought they would be but I would like to do more of his classes - S Everitt

And so many people were happy to share their masterpieces; 


If you didn't catch this Masterclass, no need to worry - we've got an incredible Matthew Palmer 4 part Series for you. Find out everything you need to know and get your kit before the first Masterclass right here



Watch out for more inspirational Masterclasses from Matthew Palmer and all of our amazing guests at Hochanda!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Our Highlights from Crafting at Ally Pally, September 2016

We had so much fun at the Crafting at Ally Pally event last weekend that we just HAD to share some of our best bits for you…


With a great mixture of friendly faces from Hochanda HQ, from all areas of the business including Customer Service, Marketing, TV Operations and Buying, it was lovely to see such a huge amount of Hochanda fans – it was so lovely to meet you all! Here’s what some of our friendly helpers thought about their experience at Ally Pally;

“It was lovely to meet people I present to from the Hochanda studios and to hear how much they love our channel. Lots of viewers at Ally Pally bought in their projects to show the Hochanda staff too. It was fascinating to see how they crafted with the crafty goods I've shown over the past year.”Charlie Hopkins, Presenter

“Loved my first trip to Ally Pally – it was great to meet the people who I share my work with”Emily Bunting, Marketing Graphic Designer

“It was a real pleasure to spend some time chatting with our customers to find out what they really liked about HOCHANDA – there was some heart-warming praise which made me feel great to be part of such a special team!”Matt Wright, Head of Buying 

“My favourite part about being at Ally Pally is meeting all the happy customers and realising that my good work is appreciated.”Katy Jane Larcombe, Production Coordinator


“Brilliant experience! Excellent feedback received from Ally Pally crafters! Didn’t expect this within my first week on the job!”Clare Ellis, Senior Production Coordinator

“A great weekend coupled with the pleasure of meeting our Hochanda customers.” Sue Cheetham, TV Ops Assistant

"It was great going back to Ally Pally and catching up with all the viewers we saw in April ..... It was more like catching up with friends than work. Can't wait to see everyone again next year!" - Hayley West, Presenter

"It was truly lovely to meet our customers and see them so excited about Hochanda. There was some lovely comments about our channel and it was great to hear their feedback. We all had a really fabulous time, staff and customers alike!"Loti Bradley, Junior Gallery Producer

“I absolutely loved being at Ally Pally.  The stand looked great and really showed how far we have come in the last 12 months.  To then meet so many of our customers who echoed that sentiment was quite overwhelming. Many of our staff members don’t get the chance to meet our customers face to face so it was great for them to receive feedback directly for all the hard work that is put in behind the scenes.”Lucy Pearce, Head of Marketing

We were lucky enough to have been joined by some of the big names of craft last weekend including Sue Wilson, Barbara Gray, Sue Baker, Hobby Art, Leonie Pujol, be Creative!, Bee Crafty, Pink Ink Designs and Phill Martin! We had an absolute blast, and cannot wait to see you all again at our next event!

Did you attend the Crafting at Ally Pally event? We’d love to hear what you thought, just drop us a comment below! 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

How to Make a Glittery Star Using the Vivi Gade Paper Star Strips

We're thrilled to welcome Lotte Littau, the co-founder and co-owner of Creativ Company to Hochanda this week. She's travelled all the way from Denmark to bring you incredible shows across three days, showcasing the Christmas paper range from Creativ Company. Lotte will be bringing you lots of demonstrations throughout her shows on how you can use all of these beautiful papers to create a Scandi Christmas this year. Here's just one of the projects Lotte will be showing this week... 






Step 1.
Half two 2.5cm wide paper star strips. Now only use three of the four paper star strips.


Step 2.
Double over each of the three paper star strips and cut all the ends at an angle. Put a star strip around another star strip and fold it tightly three times around this star strip. This is illustrated in the picture. Repeat this process with the other two star strips.





Step 3.
Assemble the three paper star strips over and under each other, forming three double legs with a triangle in the middle.








Step 4.
Tighten, forming half of the cube.






Step 5.
Assembling and securing the cube: Place the closed corner at the back and fold the doubled-over paper strip from the right to left. Fold down the middle doubled-over paper strip (towards you) and fold the left hand doubled-over paper strip to the right.






Step 6.
Secure the cube by inserting the last doubled-over paper strip underneath the first doubled-over paper strip.







Step 7. 
Tighten all the paper strips, forming a distinct cube shape.







Step 8.
Start the star's tips where you are holding it in this picture. Insert each of the front of all three pairs of strips through the opposite open side of the cube, forming a loose loop.







Step 9.
Turn over and fold from the opposite side following the same process as in step 8. Trim the strips when all star tips are made.








Don't miss the fabulous Christmas inspired shows from Lotte and Creativ Company on Tuesday 21st September at 11am, 2pm & 6pm and even more inspirational shows on Wednesday 23rd September at 10am & 1pm as they show you all of the incredible tips, tricks and techniques!

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

We're Going to Crafting at Ally Pally!

When we first went to the Crafting at Ally Pally exhibition back in April we had so much fun meeting you all that we're back again this September!


The award-winning Crafting at Ally Pally event welcomes up to 8,000 craft enthusiasts every year through its doors, showcasing over 40 big named brands including Creative Expressions, Claritystamp, be Creative and so much more - we can barely contain our excitement for our second time at Crafting at Ally Pally!



Come to one of the two Hochanda stands to meet our presenters, catch any of our LIVE shows, and watch our inspirational demonstrations from the big names of craft, including Leonie Pujol, Barbara Gray, Bev Tonks, Sue Baker, Jenny Mayes, Cathie Shuttleworth & the Creative Expressions Team.


Will you be joining us? Get your tickets here


Don't miss our LIVE shows, broadcasted from Alexandra Palace on Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.