Monday, 18 April 2011

Tooting Bracelet Making Workshop

Learning a craft can sometimes be an expensive hobby or career to start and when looking into or researching workshops or courses, you may be considering the price, length of time, quality of the activity and maybe is it appealing enough for a friend to also join you…?

I think I may have cracked it, I believe I've found the perfect workshop, recently launched by an Arts collective called Handmade in Tooting  the ‘Crafty Pint Workshops’ also in Tooting are quickly becoming a monthly fixture on the SW Craft Club calendar, these workshops offer inexpensive introductory classes into different crafts each month. They tick all of our boxes for price (a mere £15!), quality, time and it’s been a huge appeal for friends to join in as it's a great way to spend an afternoon catching up, over craft, learning something new and feasting on homemade cupcakes. Having recently blogged about the ‘Mothers Day Treat in Tooting’ we thought it was only right we try out the local courses we talk about, obviously for research purposes!

First on the Crafty Pint calendar was the bracelet making workshop, a workshop offering simple demonstrations of how to use jewellery tools, apply beads to a bracelet and hopefully you'll end up with something which looks very fashionable and expensive.

With such a name as the Craft Pint it's rude not to have a pint or two throughout the workshop and whilst I’m not a beer or larger drinker, I’d recommend the strawberry cider, but be careful it tastes much like squash and goes down very quickly!
We started by selecting the beads
Slowly added the beads to the bracelet
Yummy cupcakes went down very quickly!
After 3 hours, 2 pints and 3 cupcakes later... the finished bracelet
Everyone's bracelets were every different...
...and very pretty
Each came with their own pouch and packet of Love Hearts!

This was a great way to send an afternoon and my bracelet hasn't been off my wrist since!

These classes are suitable for children from around 10 years (but check before you book a course) and adults and booking is highly recommended, a few people did just turn up on the day and they managed to join us, but I fear had the workshop been any busier they would have been turned away. 

The next class is the Textiles Brooch making class on Saturday 7th May 2pm-5pm, you can book at Tooting Crafty Pint or contact them via twitter @craftypint

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