creative

nature, play, spring, forest school

Have you been spending time in nature? What signs of spring have you seen?

Pewter 1Here’s a lovely thing to do over the fire. I did a bit of metal casting when I studied metalwork in my teens and it feels like alchemy every time you cast metal. [..read more..]

Nordic Romantic Braid 1Occasionally I see a craft technique and think to myself “I can’t wait to take that to the woods!” So it was when I attended a textile workshop with Larry Schmidt at the North House Folk School. He specialises in traditional Scandinavian textile techniques that were brought to America by the first settlers and the have wonderful names like flettet snor, frynseflet, bregdet band and rundflet snor. [..read more..]

How to make ink from oak gallsThere is something about playing in the woods, exploring, experimenting that really stimulates discoveries. I remember when I was a teenager reading about oak gall ink in a book on art techniques but I hadn’t tried it until today. [..read more..]

Alder Bees 1I was asked to bring something to share at my recent visit to Wood School. I haven’t made these alder bees with a group for years despite having all the bits in a nice little cigar box ready to go. [..read more..]

coppice birds 1Last year I learnt to make these little wooden birds from a local coppice worker. They are made from a single carved forked stick. [..read more..]

going feral

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Handmade wooden Christmas treeI have set myself a creative challenge over on my Facebook page. Every day in December so far I have added a new winter festive craft made from things from the woods to a folder full of photographs.

Here’s a round up of my daily ideas so far. [..read more..]

How to dye eggs 1This is one of those things that I have been wanting to try for a while. I was invited to join a school’s staff Easter egg decorating competition. So I took the opportunity to dye some eggs using natural materials. [..read more..]

Hapa Zome 1

Stacey’s hapa zome with clover, dandelions, grasses, berries and petals

This is a wonderful creative technique that I often share with participants on training courses and with the children I work with. This week someone on a course made something so beautiful it reminded me I wanted to share this a bit more widely. [..read more..]

Idea Sparks Idea 3One of the elements I find really rewarding about working with lots of different groups of children and adults in different contexts is that the ideas and inspiration that develops with one group feeds into another and I often find themes emerging at certain times. [..read more..]