A very crafty week

POSTED ON: 26/02/2017

A very crafty week
by Emma Lightfoot

One of my new year goals was to learn a new skill. I can knit and crochet, I can just about manage a sewing machine but I can't weave. So I booked myself onto a course at Applaud and off I went, on a very windy night, not knowing what to expect or having anyone to share the experience with.
The course was taught by Tarn, a very patient and creative person who inspired us all to try our hands at anything we fancied.
We learned how to thread our looms, to make tassles, we added soumak weaves and threaded in roving. I don't think I spoke for nearly three hours (other than to ask for help or to order my tea and cake) and I went home feeling refreshed and very pleased with my work.
Although my daughter did ask me why I had made her a jellyfish....
The weather wasn't much better when I headed off to Jenny Wren's Yarns for an afternoon of learning Exchange Knitting. Although I can knit, I thought it would be good to learn something new so this technique is working in two colours to create a fabric which has the look of garter stitch on both sides, but no wrong side. Again there was tea and cake and once again I was concentrating so hard that I didn't really say very much at all.
With craftmanship being a very easy way to practice mindfulness, we are lucky to have so many opportunities to learn a skill that can improve our mood and wellbeing all on our doorstep in Ipswich.
For sewing courses try Crafty Baba and FishFace also run lampshade making and upholstery courses.

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