I have had a fantastic day today and thought I would share it with you all!
I ran the Knitted Wire Brooch workshop at Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, Devon today http://www.countesswearvillagehall.co.uk and I am very pleased to say a brilliant day was had by everyone. A lovely group of ladies, 8 in total, with lots of chat and laughter and some wonderful brooches made by the end of the day.
I took Chester with me today, to promote the two crochet workshops in April. He managed to squeeze into the front seat on this journey! He didn't look too comfy but didn't complain!
I arrived early to set up well in advance.
Here is the hall, set up ready for use.
Chester 'supervised' the table with the beads and wire and the ever important tea and coffee!
He seems to have a certain 'air of importance' about him, don't you think?
Wire and bead colours chosen, we finally got down to business!
Here are a couple of brooches with the outside edge completed
and before the centre was added. Looking good so far!
At this point we stopped for lunch and how lucky we were! The sun was shining and there was a little sheltered spot just outside the hall door, perfect for a picnic! Not the most scenic position (hence no photos) but good to feel the sun on your face.
After lunch, fat, full and drowsy after our session in the sun, we pressed on with the centre part of the brooch and finally got around to sewing all the components together.
Here are all the finished brooches. Don't they look fantastic?
You may notice there are only 7 brooches but there were 8 people on the workshop! One lady had been ill previously and this was her first day out. Unfortunately during the afternoon she was feeling unwell again and decided to go home. She just needed to sew everything together so took it with her to complete when she felt better. We all wish her well and hope she starts feeling well again soon.
From the above photos I think you will all agree everyone produced a very unique brooch, some of which were being given as presents.
I'm about to blow my own trumpet now as I had wonderful comments from all the ladies, with requests for some more workshops (which I shall work on as soon as I can). I hope you don't mind but I feel so proud and would love to share them with you. I've listed them below!
"A very well paced day - very relaxing.
Instruction sheet clear and plenty of personal attention"
"Great to learn a new skill"
Great way to spend a Sunday
"Fascinating day learning a new craft"
"Knowledgeable tutor, friendly group. Good size class.
Great to produce something in a day.
Lovely selection of colours of beads and wire.
A really enjoyable, creative day.
Look forward to further classes with Alison."
"Really enjoyed the knitted wire corsage course.
"A lovely day - I'm so pleased with the end result.
Thank you to all the lovely ladies who joined me for the workshop and for your wonderful comments.
You really did make my day!