Last year I went to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia.
I love spending time at the Knitting and Stitching shows in fact any “Crafty” show and I just like to go and mix with like-minded people and check out whats new and also build up my stash of crafts to do.
As I had travelled by coach I had plenty of time to wander around checking out all the stalls and I decided to sign up for a workshop and look at learning a new skill. I booked onto make a “Felt Brooch”. I have wanted to have a go at jewellery making for some time so this was a good opportunity to explore the new craft.
This style of brooch was originally used on Greek and Roman dress for fastening garments. The fibula comes in a variety of shapes and is based on the style of the safety-pin.
After a demonstration by the tutor we were provided with the felt and Brass tarnish free wire, handed the pliers, cutters and hammers and given a free rein to design our brooch.
It was a bit nerve-wracking to start with unsure how much bending the wire would take but the tutor assured us that all would be fine! I soon gained confidence and was able to complete my first brooch. Not perfect by any means but I was proud of what I had achieved.
We were then encouraged to make a second brooch and this time I felt a bit more creative and was able to work a design.
I hope, you will agree I did better second time around! The tutor was really very helpful and friendly to us all building our confidence and encouraging us to be creative with our design.(my thanks to the tutor from Simply Silks)
Ready with the new tool kit.
After the hour I felt motivated and inspired and yes you have guessed I headed for a stall that sold the tools needed for jewellery making and now I just have to buy the wire . I am going to try to use buttons and beads on the Brooches that I make. Cant wait to start.
Another craft added to my growing list of “things to do”.