LEISURE: Woodland winter wigwams for flower arranging ladies

LEISURE: Woodland winter wigwams for flower arranging ladies

IT was woodland winter wigwams in abundance at the first of a new series of flower arranging workshops organised for 2018 near Chard.

Held at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall this recent sold-out session saw a very modern floral design made. Using twigs wrapped in grapevine, roses, winter foliage and accessories, it didn’t fail to please.

Some of the new techniques taught were how to use paper-covered wire, different ways to use twigs, ideas for working with winter foliage and how to structure and space a design.

Amongst the group was first-time attendee, Claire Craven from Chard (pictured front row far right) who said: “There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Everyone was friendly, and we had a very helpful, supportive tutor. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Somerset based award-winning tutor Jackie Nicholls, from Ashville Design, who teaches the workshops said: “January is often a quite depressing month, so I always like to lift spirits and really have some fun and laughs by creating winter workshops that are different. 

“No-one needs any experience to come and have a go. There were some really stunning woodland wigwam designs created using structures that can be used again and again. Huge congratulations to everyone who came along, I’m so proud of you all.”

Kay Pendleton from Wadeford (pictured back row third from left) added. “This workshop was excellent value for money. It was a real pleasure to do such an unusual design. Jackie is so creative and a pleasure to work with.”