Along with a group of other bloggers, I spent the afternoon at The Marwood in Brighton, enjoying a break from the little ones to cover a jewellery box and make a Suffolk Puff keyring.
Our crafting was led by The Crafty Hen, a company that organises crafty workshop sessions for a whole range of celebrations. I wish I'd heard of them when I was thinking about my hen do all those years ago, it would have been perfect! They gave us a quick demo of what we needed to do, handed out detailed instruction sheets, and were on hand to help us if we had any problems.
We started by covering a jewellery box. We used double sided tape to secure the fabric in place, and decorated with ribbons and buttons. Then we made an insert for the box, and used rolled up wadding to create a ring holder. I've never made anything like this before and it was great to have someone to show us exactly how to do it! I really like the red patterned fabric that I used to cover the box, it's called Bohemia Berry and it and the dark red Bardot Redcurrant are part of the Ruby palette.
For our second craft, we made Suffolk puffs, which we could use to decorate a range of accessories, from headbands to brooches. I chose to make a simple keyring and used the same fabrics as before. I loved making the Suffolk puffs, and I can't believe I've not tried them before, I'm definitely going to be looking for a project which involves using them!
You just need to cut a circle of your fabric, then use a running stitch to sew around the outside edge. When you've finished you pull the thread tightly to gather the circle until the gathers meet in the centre, then secure it with a few stitches.
I made a larger puff in the patterned fabric and a slightly smaller one in the red, with a large button sewn on the front to hide gathered stitching. I'm so pleased with it!
I had a great afternoon, and I love the bits that I made, thank you very much to Hillary's for inviting me!