Friday, 11 May 2018

Summer Workshops 2018

We have enjoyed the most fabulous Spring weather in Somerset this past week, with sunshine in abundance to make up for lots of dark dreary months.  I've been loving driving around the Somerset Levels lanes and today I spent some magical moments surrounded by a cloud of green willows trees set against a fabulous blue sky.

An abundance of flowers have burst into life too and I'm ever on a mission to find those who have put down roots of their own accord.  Sitting amongst cowslips and bluebells last week on Brean Down was a sight to behold and it set my mind racing ahead to my own more controlled floral displays this year.

Knowing how mixed British summers can be, I do like to have at least a few weather independent plans.  And so this year I've decided to run a series of Summer Workshops at Spring Farm and I'm really excited that other flora friendly tutors are able to help make last long after the summer has faded.  First up on Saturday 9th June 2018 is my own project offering of Silk Summer Flora, where attendees will learn how to free stitch silk organza flowers and set onto a quilted silk panel.

Then next up on Saturday 7th July 2018, skilled Herefordshire beader Sally Boehme will be teaching the coveted skill of Shibori Beading.  Sally's work is very often nature inspired and attendees at this workshop will learn how to make a stunning beaded piece on silk for a pendant, brooch or simply to be adored in it's own right.

I am also delighted to welcome Kim Winter from Flextiles for the first time to Spring Farm.  I fell in love with Kim's natural dying and felting work a few years ago and I've loved following her creative adventures ever since.  Kim's Felt Corsage workshop on Sunday 29th July is perfect for anyone who fancies channelling their 'inner Frida Kahlo' or simply adding a flash of fun to an outfit!

And lastly for this summer, on Sunday 12th August Sally Boehme will return and to teach the skill of making beautiful Bling Buttons.  Forget dull modern plastic buttons and think zingy and eye catching that will add style in spades.

I send wishes to all for making creative and fun plans for the summer ahead - there are so many fabulous creative things to do during the long daylight hours and it's just a small matter of choosing!

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