Read Spring Makery Part 2: Food & Community here.
A few months ago I had a dream. It wasn’t a deep sleep dream, but one of those visions that pops into your mind as your thoughts begin to blur into the non-reality of sleep. My awake mind was thinking about the cooking classes, workshops and dinners I had hosted over the past year and where I wanted to take that venture in 2016. I began to nod off when the words came into my mind: “Spring Makery.” A rough idea began to take form of a creative gathering that would be a collaboration with other makers—a collective of sorts. The next day I started looking into venues and reaching out to local craftspeople who may be interested in sharing their craft with others. And, of course, I began dreaming about a spring meal. The food will come in part 2. For this post I am focusing on the heart of what made the event a makery: The making.
I wanted to include two variations on a theme for the workshops. With the tentative date being sometime in April and my love of cooking with flowers, flowers seemed like the perfect theme. So over the next few weeks the Spring Makery evolved to include two craft workshops led by local creatives: Floral wreath-making with Jamie Butcher of Blushing Blooms Event Florists and floral crewel embroidery with Amanda Neely of the popular Etsy shop, CrewelGhoul. Then I met Kerry Mulhern of Kerry Renee Photography and I loved the relatable “voice” of her work. She came on board as the event photographer and her authentic and bright style was the perfect addition. She captured all the photos in this post.
The first workshop was making floral wreaths. Jamie Butcher’s floral work has such a lovely organic, natural style and she was the first person I reached out to when planning the Makery. She is a third generation floral designer and in addition to leading the workshop she also created some floral arrangements for the table (and she has a toddler and a baby on the way, whew!) She showed the attendees how to create lush eucalyptus wreaths with ample greenery, fluffy pink roses and tiny wax flowers.
After everyone made wreaths we came back inside to learn crewel embroidery from Amanda. I discovered Amanda Neely on Etsy and her charming freehand embroidery style stood out. She takes inspiration from vintage designs and first learned embroidery from her grandmother, but her work is so original. Amanda had printed templates for the attendees to work from as they learned the different stitches to create a simple bouquet of lavender flowers with white and brown buds.
After completing their projects, the ladies were ready to unwind with flower-infused cocktails and a leisurely dinner. Check back tomorrow to see all the things we ate, the table settings, and to get a couple of spring recipes too!
Here are all the makers (minus Kerry) who came together to make this Sunday such a special creative day. Thanks so much, everyone!