Category Archives: willow lanterns

Changes to my lantern making workshop for adults

Hi Just to let you know that I have needed to cancel this workshop which is a a real pity. however I will be offering Christmas Cane Flowers and Stars workshop at Totton College in the next couple of weeks so keep a look out for more information.

Winchester Christmas Lantern Parade 2013

We had a incredibly busy lantern parade lots of fantastic lanterns on display a great write up in the Daily Echo. With some lovely pics

And just to say a  big thank you  to all of my amazing volunteers it was great working with you all.

Last weekends lantern workshops and getting ready for next weeks parade

IMG_2262We have just had another great couple of days getting ready  for next Thursdays Lantern Parade . It was very busy and I didn’t stop all day on the Saturday for lunch so thank goodness I had thought to have breakfast before I left in the morning.

We are  so lookIMG_2337ing forward to the parade itself we made over 80 lanterns and have sold over 40 packs and with others are being made at home we decided to make  some changes this year and decided to reduce the size of the lanterns in the parade. It is so tempting  to make bigger lanterns however I would advise any IMG_2295one planning a parade to really give some thought to both your location  and the numbers of people taking part as well as observing . Their is some great advise out there when it comes to ensuring that your event is as safe as it can be.

I have received some lovely emails from schools and IMG_2318local groups so it is going to be really interesting to see what they have made.


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A great couple of days creating willow lanterns

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I have just spent a great couple of days  running lantern building workshops at the Brooks Center in Winchester. Because of space limitations I decided to spend day 1 making the structures and day 2 doing the decorating. this worked really well when your creating 40 lanterns in a day it is very tiring and changing over the materials mid way would have just been to difficult so a plan that worked well.

The next couple of workshops are on the weekend of the 16th and 17th November I am not sure if there are are any spaces left its been so popular this year, we’ve made up packs to make at home and they are going fast.

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Winchester Lantern Parade , getting ready for this years event

Ive been so busy with the planning for this years Lantern Parade (November 28th) all of  the necessary legal requirements are in place and I have been busy recruiting volunteer helpers to assist with preparing the lantern packs for sale at the Cathedral as well as volunteers to assist me during the workshops…

This years parade is different to past years , as it is a stand alone event with a 5o’s style band the Cadillacs playing in the Cathedral grounds as well as a variety of other entertainment with of course the parade were planning a celebration feel to our event

Its going to be great fun .

Ive also put together a information sheet for anyone wanting to make their own lanterns which you can find on my ….Free hints, tips and resources page

If you want to join in with this years parade either as a participant or as a a volunter please contact the Cathedral for more details



Willow Lantern and rag rug making

As I haven’t posted for a while I thought that it would be good to share my recent activities, I must admit that I usually have as much fun as the students.

On Friday I spent the morning teaching a beginner’s  willow lanterns class in Winchester , great fun was had by all including me.

On Saturday I took part in an activity taster day where I provided a quick taster rag rugging session in preparation for my my rag rug workshop at the the end of October, students enjoyed learning a traditional skill using a hand made prodder to make rag rug pendants.


Rag rug pendants

Table Lantern workshop

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