Since we opened the shop in 2017, we have hosted a variety of classes and one day workshops in our little “back” room, some given by our own crafters, others with visiting tutors. Generally, a maximum of 6 attendees could fit around our table so the atmosphere was cosy and intimate!
If the workshop extended over the day Rita and I would provide a lunch which always seemed to be enjoyed – especially Rita’s own recipe brown bread and her Portuguese Almond tart. Actually, I should say Rita’s “award winning brown bread” – she was a finalist in the National Brown Bread Contest held at the Ploughing Championships for two years running, having qualified through The Irish Country Women’s Association Federation and National competitions! There lies another story we could tell!
Our classes have included the traditional crochet, knitting, sewing, embroidery, felting, jewellery and card making you’d expect in a shop like ours but also some more adventurous like furniture upcycling, batik, mosaic, decoupage of candles and pots, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, calligraphy, paper quilling and basket making.
The basket making workshop was held in the local Community Centre as COVID-19 had arrived. Unfortunately, the pandemic means that our “back” room is not suitable for classes at present and we’re not sure what the future will hold for it. But one thing is for sure, once we can we will hold classes and workshops again in some form or another. We love to share our love of all things crafty with you!