LEISURE: Tulip time for local ladies

LEISURE: Tulip time for local ladies

SPRING was definitely in the air at a recent flower arranging workshop held at Combe St Nicholas village hall near Chard.

Designed to inspire, the sold-out workshop showed ladies how to upcycle their everyday tin cans into beautiful containers that could be used again and again.

Watching a step-by-step demonstration first amongst a lot of fun and laughter, they saw how numerous different craft materials could be used to produce an abundance of amazing designs.

Louise Boffey, from Chaffcombe, said: “I’ve always wanted to be crafty, but never thought I was creative enough, but boy, did I have some fun and will be carrying on making more at home!”

Kay Pendleton, from Combe St Nicholas, said: “I really enjoyed creating something original out of everyday throwaways. Almost anything could be used – I even brought along some of the fabric flowers that were left over from my wedding dress.”

“I learnt how to be creative with colours, fabrics, paper and ribbon. I was really pleased with my designs and looking forward to making more,” added Sue Hipwood, from Wadeford.

Award-winning Somerset-based tutor Jackie Nicholls, from Ashville Design, said: “The end results of this workshop were quite simply stunning. No-one needed any experience to come along and it was great fun for a change to combine a craft element with flower arranging.

“Being a floral designer, I have a very creative mind and like to come up with ideas that are different. The end result was a village hall awash with the most gorgeous tulips and exquisite containers - it really was uplifting and a joy to see!”

PHOTO – TOP: The ladies proudly present their tulips and tin designs. Photo courtesy of Jackie Nicholls.