Hopefully you have already had a read of the first instalment of our lovely Year of the Yes co-founder Christina’s hen do (a delicious lunch at The Bridge in Bidford upon Avon). Well today we are sharing the crafty activity that we indulged in pre-lunch.
When you are organising a weekend long hen do, you tend to need an activity to get you through the day on Saturday and encourage a bit of group bonding, particularly where there are groups that don’t know each other. There are lots of options to look at from Beyonce Dancing, to more active pursuits like It’s a Knockout, or more creative endeavours like crafting.
As we have a crafty bride-to-be on our hands (there’s so much beautiful DIY going into Christina’s big day), we opted for the latter. It was actually McFly WAG Izzy Judd who inspired the chosen activity, quilting, after her hens hosted a workshop for her hen do.
Some googling around led us to the lovely ladies at the Crafty Hen, who offer a wide variety of craft workshops specialising in hen parties. They can visit you at your own hen venue, or source a venue for you for a fee.
We had a lovely abode for the weekend so opted to have two lovely course leaders come out and conduct the workshop in the comfort of our hen home.
All of the materials we needed were provided to us, in readymade quilting patches – with lots of embellishments and extra materials for us to use to pimp our patches.
We had a little intro session to give us an overview of what to do and then we were let loose with the kind guidance of our course leaders.
To begin with I think we were all a bit dumbstruck by the task ahead…we really wanted to make a quilt that our bride-to-be would be proud to adorn her home. But with the guidance of the lovely Crafty Hen ladies, any fears we had were soon cast aside and we set about our task with enthusiasm.
We appliquéd, stitched and embellished our hearts out to produce these pretty pieces:
Thanks to the fantastic pre-organisation from Crafty Hen, all of the patches and materials provided fit loosely within Christina’s colour scheme, so we were already one step ahead in making the the Quilt look beautiful.
And if we do say so ourselves, the patches didn’t half come out bad. They have all been packed up and sent back to Crafty Hen HQ, and in just a few weeks the quilt was returned all made up.
I really couldn’t fault the Crafty Hen team at all – it was perfectly organised, our team leaders were fabulous, and we had so much fun that the three hours flew by.
I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a fun crafting activity that everyone, whatever their ability, can enjoy.
I’ve already got my eye on some of the Crafty Hen’s other workshops, so I have no doubt that I will be using them again in the future. A great find for any hen party planner!