Well... what can I say?
The organisation, by Pat, Sue and Louise, both before and during the event was nothing short of perfect. The new venue in the village of Eye was warm and welcoming, with plenty of space for tutors, students and their assorted paraphernalia.
Parking was free and plentiful.
Chairs were padded and comfortable.
The lovely ladies of Eye WI produced delicious lunches on Saturday and Sunday and there was as much tea and coffee as anyone could wish for.
We three arrived in Cambridgeshire a day early and headed for Ferry Meadows Caravan Club Site which is probably the best campsite we've ever visited as it's sited within a large country park, with more walks than you can shake a stick at. Small Dog gave it a firm paws up and thoroughly enjoyed a different lakeside walk every day, even spotting a heron to cross off her twitching list.
My Friday evening workshop was attended by five lovely ladies.... and one very intrepid gent. Who only happened to be the editor of Doll's House & Miniature Scene magazine, Carl Golder.
No pressure there then!
He happily admitted to being a complete beginner and threw himself into the class with great enthusiasm.... although his plans to 'live tweet' the session were abandoned due to glue.
|Everything Alice workshop - boxed picture blocks, playset with scenery and characters and boxed paper dolls|
|My group on Friday evening.... getting stuck in!|
Four determined students arrived bright and early to make a start and worked right through the day, all completing the construction before heading home with a variety of toy kits to fill their kiosks.
|Toy Kiosk kit complete will a variety of toys and games|
Sunday, and the final session..... a Jumeau style toy doll in wooden trunk with accessories. So many different techniques and skills, from micro wigmaking to mini rosemaking, and all were tackled with passion and humour. Again, everyone finished their project and a good time was had by all.
|Jumeau style toy doll's doll in wooden trunk|
|Accessories include silk dress on hanger, silk rose posy, silk and lace hat and illustrated fan|
I will admit that by the time PP collected me on Sunday afternoon I was flagging. Back at the caravan the table was set with candles and wine and I had a lovely meal cooked for me while I put my feet up and recounted tales from the day.
It was good to see some old friends over the course of the weekend.
I've known Janet Harmsworth, a fellow dollmaker and MS sufferer, for close to 20 years. She was attending a doll dressing workshop and we caught up on each other's news.
Sue Newstead is another friend I haven't seen for some time. Her two Wire Haired Fox Terriers, Delphi Dog and Samos are also great friends of Small Dog, and we exchanged doggy tales over the course of her workshop session on Saturday.
Likewise, Sue Reeve, who I met online via Sue N. She also has two lovely dogs, Bosun and Blaze, whose exploits Small Dog follows on Facebook.
So, all in all, a very enjoyable (if exhausting!) weekend, which I would strongly recommend to any miniatures enthusiast.
A few kits for all of the workshops are available now on the website!