Studio Make in Manly

I’ve got this cool friend, who is super duper creative, she makes fantastic personalised bracelets. You should check them out at www.stmpdshop.com! Anyway- we meet each other about once a month and try to come up and do something a little different each time.

This month’s’ date we decided to learn something new and signed up for a workshop at Studio Make in Manly. It’s a lovely studio in the heart of Manly, offering a wide variety of workshops for both adults and kids. They also do birthday parties and vacation care groups. I also love the combined adult and child workshops they offer. How cool is it to learn something new with you son or daughter? I would have loved it when I was a child, and will definitely be attending when bub  is old enough!

We decided to learn macrame, I vaguely remember something about this from when I was in primary school. The memories weren’t overly positive though, as I could only describe my art teacher as mean and super grumpy (sorry but you were). I ended up having to take my macrame project home. My mum finished it for me, and I only got a 5 out of 10. From that moment my mum shared her dislike for this teacher with me…

Time to change these memories for some positive ones! And that definitely happened. What a lovely and welcoming atmosphere. We were all seated at long tables where we had our own bright pink practice threads. The teacher showed us a range of various knots and designs which we practised under her experienced eye. When we felt confident that we mastered the skills, we chose a colour thread and started our own individualised projects after a quick morning tea.

Unfortunately for me, I still lacked the skills and I kept forgetting the steps of the different knots. I think it might be my complete lack of mathematical skills or my directional skills, don’t even ask me to navigate…. Over, under, through… I could not remember it. With the endless help of the overly patient staff, my friend and neighbouring participant I ended up going home with a lovely macrame hanger that I am super proud off. I have hung it in our study, bedroom and nursery. People comment on it and say it looks so cool! They don’t even realise I never ended up finishing it, because I run out of time!

The location, the feel of the studio and the expertise of the teachers were all great, and I am looking forward signing up for another workshop! Screen printing, free form weaving and resin art are on top of my list!

Go and check them out at http://www.studiomake.com.au/! You won’t be disappointed!

X Lisa