MAKING WINTER RETREAT
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I will be holding a creative weekend retreat in our small medieval village here on the edge of the Fens over the weekend of 4th/5th February 2017. The aim is to use seasonal creativity, good food, good company and cosiness as an antidote to the grey days of Winter. It will be a two-day dose of British hygge based in a beautifully converted 19th Century barn and you will also receive my limited edition Making Spring handmade ‘zine full of creative projects to take you into the new season.
As well as a woodburning stove to nestle near to in a beautifully converted barn, hearty, delicious food and gin, there will be the following 2-3 hour workshops:
CROCHET WORKSHOPS FOR BEGINNERS AND IMPROVERS– with Jemima Bicknell who teaches at Loop London. If you’re a beginner Jemima will teach you the basic stitches and you will begin work on a small project. If you are an improver Jemima will teach you how to make crochet wristwarmers using a beautifully simple pattern (provided).
WILLOW WEAVING with Val Curwen, a renowned local basketmaker: Val will be teaching you how to make your own beautiful bird feeders or rustic lanterns using sustainably grown British willow and ancient techqniques.
FINE SILVER JEWELLERY-MAKING with me: I will be teaching you how to cast small seasonal nature finds such as sycamore keys, larch cones and acorns in fine silver to make exquisite wearable replicas.
BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION – Lu Summers the noted surface pattern designer and I will be teaching you to draw beautiful simple botanical specimens and revisit pencil and paper if you haven’t drawn since your schooldays. Drawing is as soothing as yarn craft or baking and is enjoying a very welcome revival. I may have another teacher to help with this workshop – tbc.
All materials required for the workshops will be provided but you are encourage to bring nature finds and other small objects with you to cast in my jewellery-making workshop.
I will be leading a guided nature walk in the woods at some point over the weekend (tba) on the edge of our village, to highlight the birds and plants to look out for in winter.
To be confirmed: On the Saturday evening we will be making wintry cocktails with Cambridge Gins, which are distilled locally with a range of British botanicals.
Included in the price of this retreat:
- 4 x 2-3 hour workshops as detailed above
- 3 delicious meals (lunch Saturday, dinner Saturday, lunch Sunday)
- A guided nature walk
- My limited edition Making Spring handmade ‘zine
- Gin cocktail-making on the Saturday evening
- All the nestling next to a woodturning stove that you could hope for
Accommodation is not included but please click the tab above (next to ‘description’ and just below the main image) to see my B & B recommendations.
This retreat is open to anyone who loves making, would like to learn new creative skills, spend time with like-minded folk, soak up some hygge (and gin) and is keen to find a way to embrace rather than just tolerating the colder months.
NB: The Making Winter teachers are paid well for their time and skills – their creative contribution to the retreats is absolutely invaluable.