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crafty hen session

My friend Charlotte is getting married and our friend Angela planned a great Hen Day session for her, booking textile designer and recent Kingston graduate Zeena Shah to lead us all in a craft session just down the road at the Broca Food Market in Brockley. (You may remember Howard Hardiman's Badger visits its sister shop, the Broca coffee shop, just across the railway tracks.) Here's Zeena and me and my doll:

Zeena did a great job, giving us all little takeaway-style boxes filled with craft supplies for a few projects, printed sheets with project ideas (a heart or bird-shaped pin cushion, a tote bag, a felt brooch) and then had a supply of a lot more craft materials we could use. It was very free-form and we could make what we liked, so I doubled up by making that Stitch Yourself doll I'd promised Lauren I'd give her, for the Science Museum exhibition. And we had sandwiches and cakes and champagne, tea and coffee, not a bad afternoon! And a great idea of Zeena's to do these hen sessions, you can book her, too.

Below: I only just spotted it in the photos, but I think that might be a Simone Lia poster in the window.

Here's a pillowcase from the session, and a few of us in the evening at a Cuban restaurant, trying our best to look monumental under the rather imposing Sean Connery poster.


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May. 17th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
oh what a great idea. i would much rather do something like that for a hen party :)

your doll is cute, i love her little shoes
May. 17th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
oops that was me :)
May. 18th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! Someone very politely wondered why I'd put the seams at the front of her legs, and I had a plan for it to make little foot shapes. But then they were just shapeless stumps anyway, so I felt a bit silly.

Nothing like sewing to get blows to the ego, hey? ;)

Yeah, it was a fun party! We thought we might keep it up and take turns each month hosting something like it at our houses or a nearby cafe.
May. 18th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
aww hehe! you could pretend and say it adds character ;)
regular craft days, that would be such a lovely thing to do. I wish i had more crafty friends to do something like that with.

i was reading up on Stitch Yourself website you posted in your last entry. I think i'll give it a go! i know a couple of other girls that might be interested too so i'll pass the link on :D
May. 18th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love watching the Stitch Yourself dolls come through the post! Lauren isn't in today, but there are three more parcels sitting on her desk, two from America. One's from Roswell, Georgia, and Gary says that's where all the aliens are.
May. 18th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
teehee i have a mental image of a little alien sending in a doll <3
May. 17th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
what great photos! i'm so glad you had fun your doll was amazing i hope you are very proud! it was so lovely to meet you all and hope you had a fab evening! zeena xx
May. 18th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Zeena! It was great to meet you.
May. 18th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Oh my god, too cute.
May. 18th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
Hee hee!
May. 18th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
great fun!
this looks like fab fun indeed! What great things everyone made.

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