There is something very satisfying about making something, isn't there? So much of what I do is so intangible; my day job exists entirely in the online space and my main hobby, this blog, is the same. I think that's why I enjoy cooking, baking and knitting. At the end of your endeavours, you have something to show for your work. Crafting is the same. I am not very skilled at crafts, but I am enthusiastic and I love the feeling you get when you have finished making something - even if that something is slightly wonky or doesn't look anything like the picture. So when Katie suggested an evening of Christmas-themed crafting at Chirpy, I was there in a flash.
Chirpy is an adorable little design shop in Chapel Allerton and is definitely worth a visit - we've picked up numerous prints for our walls in there and it's a lovely place to pick up gifts and cards. Their aesthetic is very cool and modern, which I love - so many gift shops are a bit frilly for me, but Chirpy suits me down to the ground. I'd heard about their workshops before but never got my act together, so I was very pleased that someone else suggested it!
Upstairs in the shop was a cute little space just perfect for a group to do some crafting. With a little bit of Magic FM on the radio, some biscuits on the table and a cup of tea in hand (in a stylish mug, of course), the scene was set and we were ready to get going. Our task? To complete a fabric Christmas wreath in two hours!
It was a relatively simple craft - tying pieces of fabric around a ring until it was all covered, with plenty of help from Agnis on hand for advice and adjustments. After a brief explanation, we gathered our fabric strips and got to work. The simplicity was actually part of the joy - whilst it's fun to learn a new skill, this was a lovely, relaxing Friday evening craft with plenty of time to snack on Haribo and chat. The hardest part was choosing colours and trying to perfect that 'messy but not too messy' look.
You'd be surprised how time-consuming the task was - with half an hour to go, most of us had only got halfway round the wreath so we doubled our efforts and managed to finish in time - with a few seconds to tie on some sparkly baubles for an extra festive effect. It was amazing that, with the same pile of fabric on offer to everyone, no two were even remotely alike. Creativity, eh? It's pretty neat. We were all proud of our wreaths, and I think everyone had that warm fuzziness that comes with having made something with your own two hands that you wouldn't be embarrassed to have hanging on your door (or wall, in our case). When we stepped out into the dark and cold, it felt like an evening very well spent!
Chirpy have lots more Christmas craft workshops coming up, and do keep an eye out for their more general crafty workshops at other times of the year!