Now it’s officially December all manner of Christmas themed events springing up all over the place.
I love a bit of arts and craftsy goodness, (Thankfully with the help of sites such as Pinterest this is no longer the reserve of those that are in primary school or retired!) so I decided that I would search for a Christmas themed workshop. There are hundreds of options from card making, through baking to tree decoration.
After a wee browse I felt wreath making was the chosen one, so honed in my search. I was searching just two days before wanting to attend the course, so many were fully booked, and those that weren’t were in excess £100, which frankly I think is ridiculous unless the wreath is gold plated.
I widened my search across Essex and stumbled upon the Old Bank Studios in Harwich (near Colchester in Essex). They had a willow working class making wreaths and decorations such as reindeer, stars and little trees. The description also mentioned mince pies and cream; SOLD. The cost was £59 per person for the day with all materials included which having looked at a lot of courses was reasonable.
Making a willow wreath is not easy and takes a lot of patience. You need to work a seven foot twig into a circle by weakening the fibres without snapping it, which is harder than it sounds. You then add twisted ring and ring until you have a sturdy circle of willow. Following this you add foliage and decorations with wire until you are happy. The beauty of the willow wreath is that it will last year after year, just remove the foliage at the end of the season then re-add next year.
Following the wreath making we made an array of other items, so I’ve had enough to give as gifts to family and to decorate my home. (pic below)
The workshop was great and would suit any ability. The icing on the cake was the catering. The tea was flowing, the cooked lunch was gorgeous and there was even mulled cider with mince pies in the evening #heaven.
Christmas crafting will certainly get you in the spirit and if you can’t make it to a workshop, YouTube has hundred of great tutorials to play with. Making a decoration yourself makes it all the more special by adding sentiment and originality to the piece… give it a go!