A highlight for me was my Vintage Embroidery Zip Pouch class. I had full classes both days and was a bit apprehensive about teaching so many people at once. I needn't have worried; my students were all superstars and almost everyone finished their pouch in class. My favourite moments were when somebody who thought they were a bit behind or less experienced than the rest, realised they could manage and did. I honestly love that feeling that I've helped someone do something new. I wish I had photos to show you, but it was busy and I didn't have my camera, but they were beautiful, those pouches! Looked just like this one:
I was really glad to have some juniors and their mums in my Hoop Wall Art embroidery class, plus of course adults of all ages. The girls were around 8 to 9 and managed beautifully; I was very impressed with their skills. Something I never considered before about embroidery was how a left-handed person would approach it, but with the help of a few left-handed ladies in my class, we worked it out. Pretty much exactly the opposite way I do it, so I had a little brain gym in the afternoon sessions! Here are some gorgeous photos taken by one of my talented students, Laura.
What I love about Handmade is that it feels like a national conference for all us crafters. Every year, we get to hang out and inspire each other with our ideas and creations and every year there is a bigger pool of experts and people keen to take on a more creative life. I left feeling desperate to start a(nother) new project, maybe a bag with heaps of zips or a skirt for winter or a dress-up cape for my boys. So far we've managed making a few stamps, inspired by Melissa's stamp carving class.