I was invited to spend an afternoon crafting with Ministry of Craft and of course I jumped at the chance. Though as the afternoon would follow an evening of eating, drinking and being merry at my friend Clare’s house…
…I did worry that gluing and sticking might be the last thing on my mind :-S
Pssst – look how beautifully my friend Clare laid her table for twenty two!
As it happened, I survived the evening relatively unscathed and made my way to Fred Aldous in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. There I met the other bloggers who’d been invited and Tanah, Jennifer and Jeanette who would look after us.
I don’t think I’ve ever had such a relaxing crafting experience!! No dog jumping up for a cuddle or cats tip going over buttons and beads, no doorbell ringing or washing machine whirring, they even told me off when I tried to clear up after myself. “Relax” they said “go and eat some tea and cake.” Now I don’t like arguments so I did as I was told 🙂
We were decorating stockings. The basic stockage was ready made out of red felt and we had lots of decorating supplies to choose from.
We were given our choice of templates, snowmen, reindeer, stars etc and we were shown how to use bond web, which was a revelation for me (for those who don’t know, I feel a how-to video coming on!).
I chose a reindeer shape, some buttons and a piece of golden paisley fabric.
You pick up the jewels by touching them with the end of the ‘wand’ then you wait a second or two while the glue bubbles before placing it on the fabric. The jewel sticks instantly.
It’s amazing and I want one!
I gave the reindeers sight and smell using vintage buttons and added eye lashes with embroidery thread.
Then I added gold trim and a row of red vintage buttons.
I’m quite proud of it actually – here’s the offerings from the whole group.
I’d love you to check in on the other bloggers – search #GUMI on Twitter to see what everyone else has been up to.