It's fair to say we are starting to feel a teeny bit festive around here! We are right in the middle of our Pop Up Shop at West Elm (it's on until Sunday if you fancy popping by!), and of course, for us, Christmas means... crafting! We sent our designer Lucy along to a Christmas crafting workshop last weekend, and she's here to tell you all about it...
Last Saturday I went to a wonderful Christmas decoration workshop which has truly sparked my excitement for Christmas this year. The workshop was hosted at the stylish shop Skandium on Marylebone High Street in London. I only knew a little about the workshop so was excited to see what was on the agenda for the afternoon. The day was hosted by French interior designer Mathilde Kubisiak in collaboration with Ashley McDow from Occipinti, who were both incredibly welcoming. We settled in with some welcome drinks and assembled around the workshop table, perfectly situated in the lighting section of the store. The afternoon consisted of learning and crafting our way through three festive projects that could all be easily recreated at home.
With a glass of hot Glogg in hand, we were given some air drying clay and the group set about making some tree decorations. We were shown various ways to create texture and pattern on our decorations, and Mathilde and Ashley provided us with a great selection of greenery, materials and stamps to use. I managed to make three circular decorations for my tree. They also suggested that they could be used as tags for gifts which was a lovely idea. I love working with clay, but it was great not having to fire it in the kiln, we could simply take it home that day!
While our clay decorations were drying, we were invited to help ourselves to a vegan feast which had been laid on by Cake and Cucumber. The food looked, smelled and tasted delicious! Next up on the crafting agenda was constructing festive wreaths using Strups Brass rings. The table was full to the brim with foliage, wool and pine cones of all shapes and sizes. Ashley demonstrated how to attach our foliage to the brass ring and we were off. This was definitely my favourite of the three. I used a fair bit of wool on mine, and I plan to tweak it throughout the next month or so when the foliage wilts. I enjoyed seeing everyone else’s creations too and how they used the materials.
Finally, we moved on to the art of wrapping gifts. Ashley and Mathilde provided us with an abundance of tags and ribbons and shared some great tips, before we got cracking. The presents were wrapped in Ashley’s own designs from her wallpaper collection. I chose some simple gold and hessian ribbon with some foliage and bells to add texture. Whether I’ll have the same patience when it comes to wrapping 20 presents remains to be seen, but it was definitely nice to create a Pinterest-worthy looking gift! I left the workshop with lots of handmade gifts and inspiration to get me in the festive spirit. I’m now excited to go and pick a tree and get decorating! It might not be as impressive Skandium’s tree, but I'll love it just the same. Thanks for having me 91!
If you like the look of this workshop, then why not sign up to MK Designs next Christmas styling event on the 10 Dec? Details here
Images and words by Lucy Davidson.