Posted on Thursday, May 31 2012 at 4pm
The craft world is going Queen crazy this Jubilee bank holiday weekend, with all sorts of royalty-inspired events popping up all over the country. And with a whopping four whole days off work, do you really need any more excuses to get stuck in to some making and creating?
Avid stitchers in the west can indulge their passion at Bristol's first ever subversive cross stitch get-together on Monday 4th, hosted at craft cafe Paper Village. Like a stitch and bitch with tapestry rather than knitting needles, just bring along your own materials and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with other stitchers. The focus is on creating witty, quirky projects - our mini corgis or retro owl would be just the ticket!
If you want to try out some new skills beyond the world of stitching, Brighton's Artist In Residence hotel is playing host to the slightly scary-sounding Jubilee Bootcamp. Billed as an event for 'hardcore crafters', you can learn how to build a corgi pinata stuffed with retro sweets, create no-sew bunting and bling rings, and even bake cookies with edible Royal portraits in the middle.
For those of you in the capital, Drink, Shop & Do on Caledonian Road is throwing a '60 years of Liz on the throne' party on Tuesday 5th from 8pm. Come and enjoy a few cocktails, and take part in a crown-decorating workshop. Perhaps you could even try and work your cross stitch skills into your crown design?
Or if you'd prefer to do some admiring rather than creating, head over to Fortnum & Mason's Picadilly store for a very special exhibition hosted by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. To celebrate the Jubilee, 32 craftspeople from fields as diverse as glass blowing and leather working have been invited to display their skills, celebrating the quailty and variety of crafts in the UK. A place to get inspired!
And crafters in the North can enjoy a similar event with the Right Royal Knees Up exhibition at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre. A host of different glass, jewelery, textiles and ceramics work will be on display, all inspired by the Diamond Jubilee.
What are your Jubilee holiday crafting plans?