On Tuesday my friend and I went to a lino print class at the new and upcoming local studio called Betty Makes. I am going to be very honest here and say that I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for but I thought that it was:
- a craft
- a great chance to have a quiet time dedicated to it
- a chance to try something new
- a time to meet some new people
In other words definitely worth a go.
I shall not hold you in suspense: I loved it.
It was very easy to find with plenty of free parking nearby. The studio itself is beautiful. There is a whole wall of windows giving it a lovely bright and airy feel with plenty of lovely light. The decor was simple with carefully chosen pieces of furniture.
We were given a very warm welcome. After introductions we were then offered tea or coffee which was served in proper tea cups (with saucers!). There was also a tea-pot and a milk jug. Very civilized. The mats were hand crocheted! Crucially here were plenty of refills on offer throughout the evening as well as the obligatory cakes.
It was very well organised. Everything was laid out all ready for us on arrival. The instructions were very clear and we started very quickly (no messing about at all!)
This is some of us happily beavering away.
We were all able to work at our own pace and there was plenty of guidance and advice when we needed. Jean-Mary is a lovely instructor, calm, kind and very encouraging.
One of the things that I really liked about this is the many different applications that it has. Jean-Mary had printed her logo out and did a great impression of it. She is going to print it onto paper bags. This is one use. On the way home Joanne and I were thinking of all the other applications such as wording for cards, labels, bags, packaging….the list is endless. Lets just say we have already ordered our own resources!
This is us with our finished tea towels. We all managed it.
If you have not done lino printing I suggest that you do have a go. Also do go and over and have a look the Betty Makes website and, if you are local keep a check out for classes. It is definitely a lovely way to try your hand out at something new.
Have you been to any new classes recently and learnt something new? I would love to hear about it.
All the photographs here are taken from the Betty Makes Website with permission. Thank you.