Monday, 4 April 2011

Crochet Flowers @ Charleston House

On Saturday I tutored a crochet workshop at the amazing Charleston house in Lewes.
I felt extremely privileged to be invited along to take this workshop and was luckier still to be given access to the house kitchen for the day - a room usually out of bounds to visitors.

Within the incredible setting of the house kitchen, surrounded by Quentin Bell's pieces of pottery and Vanessa Bell's beautifully painted furniture, the workshop participants - many of whom had never crocheted before - set about producing their own crochet flowers. By the end of the day many of them had made their own floral design which they could take home and make into a corsage or use to embellish something else.

Charleston run many lovely workshops and events including the Charleston Festival which is an annual literary event which takes place over a 10 day period at the end of May. Now in its 22nd year, the festival takes place in a traditional marquee in the beautiful grounds of the farmhouse garden and regularly attracts a stimulating array of writers, performers, politicians and thinkers, both high profile and up and coming, national and international.

For more information about the house, to check out visiting times and see the list of inspirational workshops, take a look at the web site.