Craft at The Lodge

Little Miss Muffet sat on her ‘Tuffet’ for the sewing workshop.......

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey, 
along came a spider who sat down beside her
and frightened Miss Muffet away

I’ve heard this rhyme so many times and never given the rhyming words much thought, who knew a tuffet was a real thing? Well, not me . . . . I knew Little Miss Muffet was sitting on a stool but hadn’t made the connection it was called a tuffet. So when our sewing tutor Paula Smith showed me her latest tuffet creation everything fell into place.

According to Wikipedia ‘A tuffet is piece of furniture used as a footstool or low seat, distinguished from a stool in that it is completely covered in cloth so that no legs are visible, and is essentially a large hard cushion that may have an internal wooden frame to give it more rigidity, wooden feet may be added to the base to give it stability’ . . . . fascinating.

A tuffet is a colourful addition to any room, if you would like to learn how to make one then join Paula on her two-day workshop in March. For full workshop details, dates and costs please visit Tuffet Workshop

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Paper Blooms !!!

I love flowers their natural beauty can be quite breathtaking, so when someone mentioned paper flowers to me I was a little skeptical but when I saw the flowers that Botanical artist Bee Watson made I was sold.

Artificial and paper flowers are once again growing in popularity, ever since the Chinese invented paper in 100 B.C., people have been making paper flowers, often used for religious ceremonies the craft of making paper flowers traveled the route of ‘The Silk Road’ arriving in Europe sometime in the 11th century. In Victorian times women from the higher classes were encouraged to make paper flowers as part of their daily activities

Modern day Botanical artist, Bee, creates delicate blooms by deconstructing real flowers and creating templates then remakes the flower using specialist papers and wires. Bee has created blooms for Molten & Brown the RHS - Chelsea Garden Show and even Facebook. So when Exeter based Bee got in touch, I was delighted when she agreed to come along to ‘The Lodge’ and show us how it’s done. For full workshop details visit Paper Blooms