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Get crafty in time for Christmas…

I can’t help noticing that crafty types love this time of year — and before you know it, they’re whipping up something lovely and tasteful to hang on the door or pop on the mantlepiece.  I wish I was one of those people.  If you, like me, need a bit of guidance in the arts-and-crafts department, here are some workshops going on round the county to get you all festive and fabulous….

Festive Dutch Floral Design Course

When?  15 Nov-13 Dec, or 17 Nov-15 Dec, 7.30-10.30pm

Where?  All in One Season, Letchworth Garden City

What will I be doing? You’ll be creating your own festive decorations that will wow your friends and family.  Week 1, you’ll be making an everlasting Autumnal design in a high pot.  Week 2, you’ll be making a Christmas tree!  Week 3, it’s a continental wreath for your door.  And Week 4, you’ll be finishing up with a fresh table design.  You’ll also be there while preparation for All in One Season’s Winter House will be in full swing — so you might even get a sneaky peek!

How much?  £260, including all materials and Alice’s famous frothy coffee and Dutch apple cake
How do I book? 
You can save your space on the All in One Season website

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Table Decoration Workshop

When?  25 Nov, 10am-12pm

Where?  Returned to Glory, Berkhamsted

What will I be doing?  You’ll be making your very own Scandi-style Christmas table decoration using willow, dried flowers and foraged finds from local hedgerows, all under the expert instruction of local florist Gillyflower.

How much?  £35 per person — including coffee and cake, with proceeds supporting the Hospice of St Francis

How do I book?  Call Returned to Glory on 01442 874356 — they’ll see you right.

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Christmas Chocolate Making Workshop

When?  26 Nov or 3 December, 10.30am-1pm

Where?  The Summerhouse, Hitchin

What will I be doing?  You’ll be making chocolates!  These ‘super-sized’ workshops will have you making lots of lovely chocolates — with all sorts of different fillings (including some boozy ones), themed mallows and butter truffle options, as well as lots of pretty Christmas bags with ribbon and a little pressie (hoorah!) for everyone who attends.

How much?  £50pp for 2½ hours of chocolate-making fun — and you’ll have heaps of choccies to take home and scoff *ahem* I mean, give to your family and friends.

How do I book?  Drop a quick email to [email protected]

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Gillyflower’s Wreath-Making Workshop

When?  3, 4 or 10 Dec, 11am-2pm

Where?  Frithsden Vineyard, near Berkhamsted

What will I be doing?  You’ll be making a wreath!  Learn how to make your own fresh willow wreath and decorate it with hedgerow greenery and dried flowers — all grown or foraged locally.  You’ll be in the more than capable hands of Bettina Davies, a local flower grower and specialist in seasonal floristry. You can bring kids, too — well, if they’re over 12 — and make a family day of it.  Then take home something uniquely gorgeous!

How much?  £37 per person — which includes tea, coffee and cake (hoorah!)

How do I book?  Call Bettina on 07904 904166 or email her at [email protected]

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Apple Tree Cottage Willow Wreath Workshop

When?  3 or 4 Dec, 10am-1pm

Where?  Apple Tree Cottage, Potten End

What will I be doing? You’ll be making a willow wreath — and decorating it with locally-sourced seasonal goodies from the hedgerows.

How much?  £35, including all materials — and coffee or mulled wine
How do I book?  Call 07708 643313 or email [email protected]

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Christmas Wreath Making

When?  6 Dec, 7.30pm

Where?  All in One Season, Letchworth Garden City

What will I be doing? You’ll be making a totally unique wreath, under the tuition of Alice Calcasola-van der List — the only Dutch floral design teacher in the UK — whether you’re a complete beginner or you’ve already had a go at something like this before.

How much?  £75, including all materials and their famous frothy coffee and Dutch apple cakes (the deliciousness of which I can personally vouch for)
How do I book? 
You can save your space on the All in One Season website

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Helen Reeley’s Willow Wreath Workshop

When?  10 or 11 Dec, 10am-1pm;

Where?  Haresfoot Brewery, 2 River Park, Billet Lane, Berkhamsted HP4 1HL — with parking right outside, conveniently enough

What will I be doing? You’ll be making a willow wreath — and decorating it with locally-sourced seasonal goodies from the hedgerows.

How much?  £35, including all materials
How do I book?  07708 643313 or email [email protected]

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Helen Reeley’s Festive Garland Workshop

When?  10 or 11 Dec, 2-5pm;

Where?  Haresfoot Brewery, 2 River Park, Billet Lane, Berkhamsted HP4 1HL — with parking right outside, conveniently enough

What will I be doing? You’ll be making an evergreen garland for your mantlepiece or over the door.  I did this workshop last year, if you’re interested in reading about what I got up to there.

How much?  £35, including all materials
How do I book?  07708 643313 or email [email protected]

 

And when you’ve made your lovely thing, let us all have a look won’t you?  Email me a picture at [email protected] — or, if you insist, send chocolate.

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