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The Make & Mend Festival 2018

On Sunday 1st July 2018 the fabulously colourful Make & Mend Festival was born!!

Rachel and Lyndsey the duo behind the 'Make and Mend' name started their adventure with a 'mutual desire to share mindful mending and handcrafted happiness with the world'..... and I'm sure you'll agree, what an amazing driving force to be behind any business!

Therefore when Rachel and Lyndsey contacted me earlier in the year,  explaining their vision to create a festival full of 'colour and creativity' along with an invitation to take part teaching Floral Painting Workshops, my response to the invite was an easy and I must say a very excited, "YES!" 

When the date of the event came around it was a huge success, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the 'Make and Mend' team did such a great job. The event was held at Preston Park in Stockton on Tees and the Museum and Grounds were filled with beautiful colour in the form of umbrellas, balloons,  embroidery hoops, streamers and.... I don't know who Rachel and Lyndsey contacted to guarantee this but we were graced all day with the presence of the glorious sunshine!

The Workshops held on the day included, hoop hand embroidery, paper cutting, mini terrarium plant building, brush lettering, yoga, needle felting, glass etching & engraving, vision boarding and mindfulness talks. The food provided by the team from The Sitting Room, Guisborough went down an absolute treat. 

Not only did I have the pleasure of teaching and meeting new people at the festival but I also attended joined in on a taster class in brush lettering ran by 'The Craft Hood' team. Brush Lettering is something I've always wanted to try and I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop as well as finding the practice relaxing and therapeutic. 

Overall the day was a joy to be a part of and hopefully there'll be more 'Make & Mend' Festivals to look forward to in the future!





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