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Craft in the Countryside


Enjoy a fantastic full day of crafting and food in the midst of the Antrim countryside.

Your day will start with refreshments and home baked treats on arrival at the rustic barn in Frocess Yard at 10am. Shortly after, your first workshop will begin. An introduction to himmeli will teach you the first new skills of the day, taught by Jenny and Sarah of Craft Adventure Workshops. This Finnish craft will be introduced to you in the traditional method of using natural straws. After practising some geometric shapes, you will then use an alternative 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 leather to 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 hearty lentil stew, warm crusty bread and fresh salad (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements). After an enjoyable, well-earned break, you will begin your next workshop.

Jenni, of 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 (that can be used again and again to embellish different papers and materials). This will be a fabulous creative and relaxing activity, which can be easily developed at home. Participants should wear old clothing or an apron, as this workshop can get a little messy.

Everything you need for each workshop is provided, however, if you see an image you would love to use for the print workshop, feel free to bring it along. And a large spoon would be helpful for pressing your prints.

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 be on hand to guide you through any issues you may have.

Accessibility is limited at this event due to the the use of stairs. Please note this location is in a rural setting, and an 19th century barn with plenty of rustic charm! Remember to wear layers in case the sun doesn’t shine for us.

Date – Saturday 16th June

Time – 10am – 5pm

Tickets – £75 per person

Where: Frocess Yard, 81 Old Frocess Road, Ballymena, BT44 9NA