Silk Painting & Crochet

The first ever silk painting workshop took place on 27th January.  We started by painting squares of silk that had a gutta outline of a butterfly, to learn how to use the silk paints.  We then experimented with gutta and designed our own pictures which we transferred onto the circular suncatchers, using the skills that we'd learnt earlier in the workshop.

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In the afternoon we had a beginner crochet workshop, where everyone learnt to make granny squares.

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Embroidery workshop

We started 2018 with a new workshop Explore Stitch - an all day embroidery workshop.  We spent the day learning lots of stitches and seeing how they could be used to produce different effects on the calico.

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Three Christmas workshops!

It was a very busy Friday and Saturday, with three Christmas workshops on the trot!  Friday saw a full day of Willow Angels and Christmas Decorations, then Saturday brought Modern Calligraphy with a Christmas focus in the morning, followed by Rag Rug Christmas Wreaths in the afternoon.  There was lots of great crafting throughout the two days and lots of cake eating too!  The pictures below show a small selection of what was created over the two days.  All three workshops will be returning in the run up to Christmas 2018.

 Rag Rug Wreaths 

Rag Rug Wreaths 

 Modern Calligraphy with a Christmas focus

Modern Calligraphy with a Christmas focus

 Willow Christmas Angels under construction

Willow Christmas Angels under construction

Make a Christmas Mosaic

It was the first of our Christmas workshops on Saturday, with mosaic workshops in the morning and afternoon.  It was the first time that we'd had new, smaller, Christmas shapes (eg baubles, angels, mini Christmas trees) and they were very popular.  The final mosaics were all very sparkly and Christmassy!

 Fabulous Christmas mosaics, which can be hung on the tree (a strong tree!) or displayed on a a wall

Fabulous Christmas mosaics, which can be hung on the tree (a strong tree!) or displayed on a a wall

Tunisian crochet workshop

It was our first ever Tunisian crochet workshop on Saturday.  Tunisian crochet is almost a cross between knitting and crochet, is done using a very long hook that looks like a knitting needle, and gives a very dense finished fabric.  You can make some lovely effects using different colours, and there are a host of different stitches that give different textures to your work.  I really enjoyed it, so much so that I forgot to take a picture of the class, so I've had to post pictures of my crochet instead!