December: Japan Crafts

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Japan Crafts came to join us for our December meeting to teach us to make a bauble using the Japanese technique of Kimekomi.  We discovered that traditionally these would have been made using sawdust packed together with rice water glue to form a sphere.  However, we used the more modern version of a polystyrene ball for our base. First we used the special tool provided to score lines into the ball to divide it into equal sections. Then came the most difficult part, deciding which of the gorgeous pieces of Japanese material to use.  We cut the material and wadding to shape and the utilised the tool again to push the pieces into place.  Finally we trimmed our beautiful baubles with silky thread and sat back to admire them.  We had a brilliant evening, learned a new craft and said goodbye to the St Georges centre, our home for several years.  Our next meeting will take place in our new home, Christchurch. 

If you could not attend the December meeting take a look at the monthly inspiration section of our website for more detailed instructions.

If you would like to buy anymore of the beautiful Japanese fabric we worked with on the night, visit Katie’s Japan Crafts website.

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November: Elite Meats

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At our November meeting we were joined by Gordon from Elite Meats. Gordon explained the history of his butcher’s shop, based on Starbeck High Street, and the importance they place as a business on working with a small selection of farmers so they know the exact source of the meat they sell. We got to sample some of the amazing things they have on offer… bacon, sausage and beef…all of which were delicious! Members then had some excellent questions for Gordon including about how to prepare and cook certain cuts of meat, and how to get the most out of the meat you buy.

Elite Meats run butchery courses but Gordon also told us that they would soon me running a cookery school which sounds really exciting.
Find out all about Elite Meats here.

October: Autumn Extravaganza

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We celebrated all things Autumnal in our October meeting. The evening was spent crafting, socialising, eating and drinking which was a lovely way to celebrate the season.

Three crafts were available during the evening with some sweethearts focussing on perfecting one, while others whirled through all three. An autumn garland was the first craft with silky, colourful leaves being sewn onto string. The red and orange leaves were used up first and some beautiful decorations will be gracing Harrogate’s homes this autumn.

In the crafting world Christmas starts in September so we also learned how to make a paper star in either Autumn or Christmas colours. By simply folding a triangle in a concertina and folding it in half a leaf shape was created. When 5 or 6 are stuck together they create a star shape. Browns. reds and golds made an Autumn decoration whereas reds and greens gave it a Christmassy look.

The last craft was a folded origami fabric star. Two of the committee had spent hours ironing tubes of fabric to be folded together to create this amazing no-sew decoration.  The instructions were a little tricky but with perseverance and little help some truly amazing stars were made. Many sweethearts took home extra material to continue making at home.

The instructions for these crafts can be found in the Craft of The Month section of our website.

We finished off the evening with an Autumnal feast which everyone had contributed to. We all had a most enjoyable evening and a big thank you to the Spa Sweethearts committee who worked so hard to make the evening a success.

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