Please ignore the countless wrong things I have done when ‘laying’ this place setting. When I was young everyone could tell when I had laid the table as the knife and fork were most likely to be the wrong way round – and it seems I still haven’t learnt.
When I was young one of our Christmas traditions was to make red and white paper carnations from red Christmas paper serviettes and white K-dry tissue (a kind of industrial strength tissue that came in rolls like kitchen rolls – it was not remotely kind to the nose!) These paper carnations and a little sprinkle of glitter made the table centrepiece for our Christmas Dinner.
These days there is a lot more choice when it comes to paper napkins. Quite often I find myself not wanting to dirty a pretty design as they are just too pretty to use to wipe your mouth or hold crumbs. I feel they should be celebrated and used in a more creative way so I have adapted my mums carnation method and this is the result.
To make the flowers you will need
A selection of colourful serviettes. These were from Talking Tables, scissors, 25 cm of florists wire, paper straws, glue gun or glue.
Last weekend was awesome! I spent three days at The Handmade Fair in Hampton Wick. The fair was full of like minded people selling craft, buying craft, looking at craft, quite frankly eating, sleeping and making craft. It was exhausting but also exhilarating, chatting to a lot of lovely people about a very lovely passtime.
I was there working with VELCRO® Brand to help them show how handy their product is when it comes to crafting. They have a whole host of different product for different uses – for fabric, for hanging things off walls and even small strips to hold your Orchids up!
Throughout the day I was teaching workshops making faux leather (or pleather; plastic leather you see!) flowers that could be fixed to clothes, bookmarks or headbands using VELCRO® Brand Stick On For Fabrics. Sometimes there was one or two people sitting around the table, sometimes a small group but every afternoon I ran a Grand Make teaching around 250 people how to make a simple flower headband.
Before my first workshop I thought I would be really nervous and shaky but in reality when I donned my headset mike and walked up onto the stage I loved it! I really enjoyed seeing people make something for the first time and to see them take my idea and begin creating their own versions of it.
I had so many people come up to me afterwards to say they had really enjoyed the project and couldn’t wait to share it with their church group, their Brownie pack or their craft club that I promised that I would share a step by step on my blog … and here it is …
Next Saturday (Oct 1st) I am going to be running a workshop at Brides The Show at the Islington Design Center. I will be teaching people how to make these beautiful silk Camellia flowers that are perfect for weddings: for buttonholes, bouquets, table settings, headdresses and hair accessories.
They are so versatile and also make a great keepsake and reminder of your special day. If you are looking for wedding inspiration then this show is not to be missed. For more information visit the website here.
Also If the idea of having something different to fresh flowers at your wedding or celebration interests you then drop me a line here. I would love to talk to you about how my bespoke blooms could make your day or outfit even more unique.
Hello, my friends hello. How cute is this knitted word?
Do you remember French Knitting? It’s something I used to do when I was younger – we had a wooden cotton reel with four nails knocked in the top of it and we used to make miles and miles of knitted rope. I can’t really remember what we used to do with it though – probably used it to tie our imaginary horses to the back of the car when we went on holiday.
Anyway the lovely people at Loveknitting.com challenged me to revisit French Knitting and make something useful – or beautiful. I went for the latter and came up with this pretty cursive word – it looks great hanging on a wall or you could personalise it by writing names instead.
If you want to know how I did it visit the Loveknitting.com blog for a step by step guide.