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Dec 19 / Howie Watkins

Christmas is here…

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Rather than see their lovely Christmas decorations go to the tip, Debenhams have given them to us. Hurrah! Chris has just picked up a selection of fabulous Christmas trees, baubles and other goodies. They’re in the store now. Grab some fabulous fake foliage to go with all our other scrappy Christmas offerings… tinsel offcuts, end-or-rolls of shimmery and shiny things, silver sparkly card, etc. Prizes for the best festive photos we receive of houses decorated the Orinoco way!

You’ve got to be quick. The last opening day of the year is Saturday 21st December!


Nov 11 / Howie Watkins

Wesley Barrell fabric


STOP PRESS – The Wesley Barrell fabric is here.

Nov 4 / Howie Watkins

New scrap – 04/11/2013


Chris went up to the annual ScrapstoresUK conference last week. Quite apart from having a lovely time (which was nice) he also did some SWAPPING. He gave away a load of surplus Orinoco stock and came back with loads of lovely new scrap from the other scrapstores he met on the day. We’re still sorting through the lovely things he grabbed but most of the new stuff should be out on the shelves by opening time on Tuesday 05/11/13. Get it while it’s fresh! read more…

Nov 3 / Howie Watkins

Footprints Gallery

A selection of photographs from the Footprints project. read more…

Nov 3 / Howie Watkins

Teachers’ Resources – NEW Footprints guide


The Footprints project was designed to provide a way of looking at the effects all of us have on the planet by looking at footprints, real and metaphorical, through art and science.

We have produced a resource pack for teachers to provide support in building the core elements of the Footprints activities into their science, art and cross-curricular environmental education programmes.

Visit the Footprints Page to find out more.

Nov 2 / Howie Watkins

Are you ready for a Scrappy Christmas?


We’ve got a whole load of special scrap in stock that’s perfect for Christmas. It’s going to be in the store from Tuesday November 5th.

We’ve got: tinsel, cardboard bobbins (perfect for making angels out of), shiny silver foil, shiny gold foil, shiny plastic of various colours and loads more.

Hurry on down before it’s all gone.

Nov 2 / Howie Watkins

The Artist’s Proofs – special exhibition

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Orinoco Artist David Farrar is staging a pop-up exhibition for one night only on Friday December 6th (7pm-9pm) at the Coach House in Headington Quarry, Oxford. OX3 8NU. [Google map]

Admission is free and a selection of David’s prints, beautifully framed by the Oxford Framing Gallery [] will be available to buy. read more…

Oct 11 / Howie Watkins

Training, team days and meetings at Orinoco

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You can book a 2-hour scrap training session at Orinoco for just £95. Space and time to meet, learn about Orinoco and build some stuff. These are popular with students, teachers, play workers, youth workers, etc. They’re also great for team meetings. read more…

Oct 11 / Howie Watkins


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Lots of frightful and scary scrap in store ready for Halloween. Actually, it’s the usual scrap but we do a scary laugh when we sell it. We’ve got black fabric for costumes and making haunted houses, big boxes, cups for making scary creatures from, foam for printing with and much more. Come and get it before it’s all gone and we start getting ready for Christmas!

Oct 11 / Howie Watkins

Fabric BLACK in stock

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We’ve got some really rather fine black fabric in stock at the moment. It’s 2m wide on rolls of up to 60m. We’re selling it at 50p a metre and we’re happy to cut bits off. Perfect for haunted houses and Halloween costumes.