...it's good to stop what you are doing and go out to play. So the other weekend we did just that; we went to play at Laura's house!
Actually, we went to Laura Kemshall's new studio, Wooden House. Situated in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, the Wooden House is a carefully renovated old cricket pavillion, complete with home and away doors!
As we both love 'fiddling' about with old books we treated ourselves to an altered book workshop. It was so lovely not to be responsible for once... and just play!
Laura gave us lots of ideas and tips to try, with plenty of her own altered books on hand for inspiration.
I decided to work with the book's title for my theme and started cutting my own nests from the pages, stitching and glueing several pages together as I wanted to create depth to the nest.
Paint, pastel and pen were used to give colour and detail as well as adding machine stitched text and straight stitch using hand dyed threads to give a twiggy look to the nest.
Not wanting to waste any precious cuttings, I made another nest out of the snippings !
There was homemade muffins and coffee to welcome us (the recipe can be found here) a tasty quiche and salad for lunch and cake with afternoon tea. A lovely play day if there ever was one.
I am still working on my book, so do be sure to drop by again to check I have finished building the nests!