HANDMADE 2013 in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday weekend was a wonderful celebration of all things made-by-hand. Experts and beginners came together to share passions and interests in creating beautiful and intruiguing things ourselves. It was the perfect way to dip your creative toes in a new pool of activity without risking too much. You could learn to make soap, to crochet and to make dumplings all in one day. Some people did the full immersion of four two-hour workshops on Saturday and Sunday. That’s a whole lot of creating for one weekend when most of us struggle to string together two hours at a time. You can just as easily pick and mix a single session or two.
If you missed it and wished you hadn’t, put it in your diary for the first weekend of June next year and sign up for the HANDMADE newsletter. I taught ‘Plan your edible summer garden’ workshop to a fabulous group of enthusiastic gardeners. I also shared my bag-making passions and helped two groups of sewers create coffee sack tote bags. If you’d like to do the same at home, you can use my Totally Totes Tutorial.
The highly skilled sewing maestro, Jen, from the Sewing Depot in Petone helped a group of sewers manufacture magnificent A-line skirts in four hours. She now stocks beatiful DIY hoodie kits to make at home or at her fabulous hoodie classes or at a great value freestyle session if you don’t have your own overlocker (but Jen can help you with that too).
While you’re in Petone you could call in to the Holland Road Yarn Company if you’re more of a knitting or crocheting type. Guess what – talented Tash will teach you to knit or crochet if you’re not.
The wise and sparkling Mandi Lynn was as inspiring as ever. She lets her own inner beauty shine out and encourages other women to do the same through her creative and insighful photography. Get in while you can as she’s hot property and you will be too once she’s photographed you.
A winter road trip (or two) is planned using the Crafty Girls’ Road Trip: New Zealand’s Best Craft Places. The advice on where to go to source your crafty notions is top notch. Combined with interesting places to stay, fun stops for tea and cake and a marvellous selection of loosely craft related attractions this book is a gold-mine even if I’m a bit sniffy about hand-knitted laptop cases (that’s what gets us crafty girls a bad name).