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Craft in the Country

Jun 16 2018
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A full day of craft workshops in the midst of the Antrim countryside.

An introduction to himmeli will teachyou the first new skills of the day, with CraftAdventure Workshops.

Your day will start with refreshments and home baked treats on arrival at the barn at 10:00. This Finnish craft will be introduced to you in the traditional method of using natural straws. After practising somgeometric shapes, you will then use analternative method with cinnamon sticks and create a beautiful smelling prism for your home. Once you have mastered the basics of himmeli, you will then create this fantastic planter to take home. It is constructed using brass tubes and wire, and finished with leathe rto hang it with. You will also get to plant your own succulent to go inside it.After you complete the himmeli workshop lunch will be served across the courtyard in the byre. On the homemade menu is heartlentil stew, warm crusty bread and fresh salad (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements).

Shortly after, your first workshop will begin. After an enjoyable, well-earned break, you will begin your next workshop.Jenni Robinson Art, will then guide you through an introduction to lino cut printmaking throughout the afternoon. After a brief technique and safety demo, you’ll launch straight in to drawing, carving and printing your very own print block. Participants should wear old clothing or an apron, as this workshop can get a little messy. Everything you need for each workshop isprovided. Safety demos will be given at the beginning of each workshop as small blades,needles and pliers will be used. These are all perfectly safe to use, but we would recommend that the event is not suitable for those aged under 16. Some dexterity is required for successful completion of the workshops, however our skilled crafters will on hand to guide you through any issues youmay have.

Accessibility is limited at this event due to the use of stairs. Please note this location is in a rural setting, and an 18th century barn withplenty of rustic charm.