And Sew It Begins: Rope Vessel Workshop

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When I first saw these rope baskets on Instagram I was in awe by how cool and chic they looked. I had no idea what went into making them but I instantly knew I wanted to make it into a workshop. I was not the only one! The first class sold out in a day. Because of how in demand it was and because we could only accommodate a few people, Brittany and I decided to have two months back to back. No regrets. 

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Brittany was such a delight to work with. She came prepped with bags of individual balls of rope for each person as well as a generous selection of paints in all shades and colours and fun little pom poms to decorate the vessels. 

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It was interesting to see how each group did with their vessels. Although both groups were so different, the experiences were both so great. The first group was more familiar with sewing machines and most of them brought their own which made things a lot easier. Some of the girls that were seasoned with sewing machines really helped the group jive and they were so kind to help the other girls that needed guidance. It really felt like a genuinely supportive community. 

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The second group were mostly beginners and although it was a harder start, there was still a strong sense of community. Knowing that most of the girls wouldn't have as much experience with sewing machines and that Brittany would have her hands full, I knew we had to have back-up. Having been traumatized as a kid in my home ec class, I anticipated the stress of trying to thread machines, load bobbins and everything else that came with sewing machines. Shauna, one of Workshop Wednesdays loyal followers joined in on the fun and was a much welcomed helping hand. 

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Everyone did such a great job and you never really know how much work goes into making something until you make it yourself. Struggles are real in everything you do but when you have a strong support system, anything is possible. These workshops really showcase that and I am so grateful to everyone that has joined in all the fun.

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Cristina Tioseco