Course Provider: Assington Mill
Contact Name: Anne Holden
Telephone: 01787 229955
Course Length: One day (10-4.30)
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Christmas Wreath Making & Candle Table Decoration
Tutor: Karen Walsh
Make your very own traditional Christmas wreath and candle table decoration from fresh seasonal foliage. With practical guidance through every step, your creative festive spirit can be engaged to bring alive two unique designs.
No previous knowledge of floristry is required to enjoy this course, just a love of nature, including holly! All materials will be provided on the day, but please wear practical clothes and/or bring an apron, and your garden secateurs if you have them.
Introduction ... the origins and symbolism of the Christmas wreath. A brief historical insight into why we make wreaths at Christmas time.
Wreath foundation - how to make a traditional base on a wire frame by securing natural moss, starting with a practical demonstration, followed by hands on help to make your own.
Wreath greening up - a huge selection of freshly gathered natural, locally sourced evergreens including holly, pine, box, cedar etc. will be ready to snip to size and build up the shape of your wreath with a range of textures.
Wreath finishing touches - berries, baubles and bows to compete your wreath with advice on balance, proportion and colours.
Table decoration. After a break for lunch in the farmhouse, there will be the opportunity to create your own seasonal table decoration featuring a candle. Once again, after an easy to follow guide, you will be encouraged to experiment with aspects of design.
You will finish your day with two distinctive festive arrangements.
What to Bring
Secateurs (please borrow if you don't have them)
Small pair of sharp scissors for cutting ribbon
Small pair of wire-cutting pliers
Warm clothing and footwear.
Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.
We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.
Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.
Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.
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What's included in the price?
Materials (at least £10 worth) are included in the fees. A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.
For more information about accommodation and food please see above.
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