I am on a bit of a mission at the moment to explore, and learn from experiencing, new techniques and different crafts. I am calling it a ‘gap year’ and combining it with celebrating #my50thyear!! This week, my mission found myself and my lovely friend Karen (who came occasionally to the shop in Tadcaster to run workshops) enjoying a workshop at Blacksmith Shop Crafts which is in the little village of Foggathorpe near York.
The workshops take place in the home of Anna who was a very friendly host. There was a small group of us and the morning began with a welcome coffee or tea as we admired the creations of Linda Hoyle our tutor for the day.
Linda makes beautiful wire sculptures and we were all going to make our own wire hares.
The process was reasonably straight forward which was great because none of us had ever worked like this with wire before. Linda was a calm and patient teacher and explained each individual step as we went along. This is how things took shape…
This workshop was made extra special by having a break for a delicious home-made lunch in Anna’s gorgeous kitchen.
It is obvious that Anna takes great pleasure in providing a quality experience for her guests, in her own words ‘It is so wonderful to be with people who love making things or at least are prepared to have a go of making things! I love the company too and find it definitely makes my life more interesting’ which is a sentiment I can totally agree and identify with.
There was so much about this day that I found completely inspiring – the setting was so pleasant, Anna and Linda were both fab, we were enjoying experiencing something different, plus it was so very nice to spend the day with Karen as we don’t ever get to spend so much time together.
We are very pleased with and proud of our hares.