Lots of activity on the reserve this holiday! ( This scene of tranquillity is a “before” picture ).
The arty bits were held in the barn; which was NOT COLD and filled with the scent of blossom! Yippee.
There were workshops and the middle “ drop-in” event, which was another “spin into spring” day ( as last years was such a success ). Simple pompom creatures were made into bunnies and springy chicks.
There were demonstrations of knitting, crochet, and drop spindle spinning. Sadly I was so busy I didn’t get any pictures 😦 that day. If anyone did take pictures I’ll add some later. Between us we managed to teach the basics of spinning, knitting and crochet to quite a few people, including children; boys as well as girls.
We made all sorts of Easter bunny and chick things, in the workshop sessions.
There lots of bunny characters made from painted “dolly” pegs; some had chenille arms
and some had “crocheted chain” arms I made as we went along…
Yes, I am a glutton for punishment! But actually it was another way to demo some crochet to the uninitiated; and was an extra bit of fun. I think I will include this in my peg doll tutorial as it saves using pipe cleaners with little ones.
Just look at this funny, sweet couple!
We also created some Easter trees made with network wire and crepe paper – These are easy and very effective; if anyone wants a tutorial leave me a comment and I’ll send one. (The PDF is going to end up in the shop as well.)
Many of them had a sort of post psychedelic, magic roundaboutish, vibe!
Some had bunny visitors
and amazing illustrations of woodland dwellers added ( look at the base of this one carefully ! )
I loved this cheeky fox especially! He was peeping out from under a more natural tree. His creator was more of a wildlife purist than some of our younger craftspeople.
These took longer than anticipated, and were very wet and messy, but everyone did have a go with a great deal of soapy relish.
Then there were baskets to take it all home in!
What sweet scenes on this one!
The owner managed to sort out these shapes out from a mixture of flowery ones left over from another event! Such a patience and a delicate touch.
Plus of course paper bunnies (morphed from the hares) and lots of marbled egg cards ! ( The marbling was also messy ! )
A lovely, sunny, good old fashioned day out.