Halicraft's Top Tips For DIY brides
Lads and lasses, listen up:this one is for you. Halicraft are a brand new initiative launching to bring crafternoons to the lovely people of Halifax, where expert tutors will teach and guide you through learning a new skill, all whilst creating something to take home, eating some top notch grub, and having a good ol' chinwag with other lovely crafters at the same time.
Claire Bush, founder of Halicraft, is a self-proclaimed crafter, maker, and serial craftermath-creator. With a penchant for trying every craft trend going, she's built up an amazing network of talented makers around her who can lend a helping hand (or four!). She decided to ask said talented people if they fancied sharing their time and skills to help bring the joy of making to others, and when they said yes, Halicraft was born.
When not Halicrafting, Claire is Halicakemaking, as the amazing brain and hands behind Sweet Sugar Sixpence, so she was the natural choice to ask for some help for brides who are going down the DIY route for their wedding...
Did you DIY anything at your own wedding?
When I got married in 2006 there was no Etsy, no Pinterest, no Instagram, and no blogs (arrrgggh, how did I live?)! This meant there wasn't the inspirtaion and makers movement that there is today, so it didn't really occur to me to make all the handmade details that are fashionable now - I did make my own invitaions with help from my besties though!
Fast forward a decade though, and for our Tenniversary, I made everything - a welcome sign, pom pom flowers, vinyl record table names, candle holders, and the cake!
If you could DIY one thing for a wedding now, what would it be?
I'm obsessed with this triangle back drop that I've seen - my own version would have distressed paint all over it it really bright colours.
Have you got any top tips for DIY brides?
Play to your strengths - and don't put crazy expectations on yourself. Get help from your crafty friends - whilst also accepting that your none crafty ones might not want to help, so give them another job! Be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have, and relax and have fun - after all, it's a party, not a test.
What's the workshop you're most excited about?
They're all exciting! I would have to say the jacket pimpin' with Bridie from Born to Thread (on the 27th January). As an original 90s grunge girl, something about a customised jacket really speaks to me. It'd also be a great way to inject your own personality into your wedding outfit - you could make one emblazoned with your maiden name for post-ceremony chills, or with your wedding date (AKA the best day EVER.) I will definitely be joining in with that one!
And as a Halifax local, Halicraft is happy to recommend local restaurants, bars, points of interest and accommodation for brides looking to make a weekend out of it - did someone just say 'hen'...?
Halicraft are based at The Wellington Rooms, HX1. Workshops start in the new year, but book now to avoid disappointment:
13th January 2018 - Botanical Embroidery. Learn basic hand stitch techniques and create gorgeous textile patterns inspired by flowers and greenery. £50
20th January 2018 - Giant Knitting. Make your own giant knit blanket and pom pom accessories - perfect for Hygge lovers and those who don't want to put the heating on... £70
27th January 2018 - Jacket Pimpin'. Pimp your own jacket with funky back patches or all-over designs. £50 + bring your own jacket
10th February 2018 - Upcycled Furniture
24th February 2018 - Printing Workshop