Off we went for our first Powertex retreat and Garden Party.
When you here of “going on a retreat” you might conjure up images of a spiritual sanctuary, peace and quiet contemplation, possibly with a detox and with organic or vegan food. OH NO! It definitely wasn’t that sort of retreat. Perhaps is should be named a Re-Treat!. There was fun, games lots of laughter and loads of new friends made. All were loaded with cakes; stuffed with BBQ’s and plied with alcohol. Oh Ok, I admit, I did contribute to the alcohol things by offering shots of various home made gin flavours. After all, what’s a party without gin?
Three days of crafting mixed media products and learning new techniques in creating three new canvas styles. I have already signed up for the 2019 event here: https://www.powertex.co.uk/
Just a few photos of us camping on site and in the workshops. My creations will have to wait till next time….
I had a fabulous time at ‘Tex Towers’ last week. I met some fabulously creative people who totally inspired me to go the extra bit and outside the comfort zone. A big shout out to Lisa Evans who runs CreativeStays retreats (which sound fabulous!), Lynette Jasper,and Leonie Pujol our celebrity crafty TV demonstrators; Michaela Thouless, Lisa Robinson, John Cook and the marvelous Tracy Evans who inspired us all on our Powertex journey.
I have booked my first promotional craft fair on March 24 at The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool. I am also busy crafting the basics I need for the workshops and demonstration pieces.
The first steps on my new adventure begins. Today I attended the Powertex workshop of Abigail from Curiously-Contrary Abigail has agreed to be my area leader and to support me getting my new Perertex workshops up and running in the Hartlepool and Teesside areas after my training.
The workshop was held at the Crafters Companion Store at Newton Aycliffe. It was the first time I have been here and I loved it!. The whole store was filled with laughter as well of gorgeous products. Best of all was the home made cake which was served with the coffee. That cake was heaven on a plate! Too nice to refuse.
CraftersCompanion store at Newton Aycliffe
The workshop was to make two goblets and a bottle wrap using the Powertex Univeral Medium and scraps of fabric and a bit of creativity. So it was just the thing for me to get my hands dirty on. There were four ladies present at the workshop, although there was plenty of space for a few more people. Abigail, the Powertex certified trainer was fabulous, and as there was some people who had never use the product before, she went into all the details of how it works with natural fibres and materials.
We were each given two nice quality wine glasses to customise and an empty wine bottle. Of course we all suggested the wine bottle should have been full, but I am sure the course would have cost a lot more when getting a full bottle to play with!
I chose to use the lead pewter colour Powertex and the other attendees chose the bronze. We all selected a range of textured fabrics and a few embellishments and got to work on our creations.
Hands on at the Goblet workshop on 23/1/18
Once the messy Powertex was finished and we have wrapped our glasses and bottle, it was time to let them dry off a bit while we had a cuppa and a slice of that fabulous cake from the cafe. Then we learned the art of dry brush painting technique and had a little practice with the coloured paints before we were let loose with paint on our new creations.
I used a turquiose base with a silver and terragreen highlights. I loved the little metal bee which I used to decorate my set. Although it would be fabulous to make the set with love hearts and a couples initials on the goblets for Valentines day. Perhaps thats a class I plan in for Valentines day 2019 as I wont have time to get set up with classes before Valentines day this year.
So my goblets and bottle wrap look a bit like old polished pewter now they are finished. They certainly don’t look like bits of scrap fabric. Which is why I love the creativity of Powetex.