I’ve been crafting away getting ready to cruise and teach crafts on a cruise ship. The cost for me is in stocking up on materials, making the crafts and organising the programme. Making the crafts is great because I get to let my ideas run riot and ( hopefully) materialise as something people would like to make. The initial outlay is not inconsiderable but also good fun. Today I bought safety pins! The plan is to make bracelets.
These are fairly easy to make but you do need a degree of dexterity as they can be quite fiddly.
I have just ordered 20 boxes of these pins! It’s surprising the variety of pins available but as I have to cater for up to thirty participants this seems the easiest way to stock up
I was delighted to discover that my Bargello canvas work was so popular on the latest cruise. Some ladies ( men were conspicuously absent!) were waiting, not so patiently, for the craft to be on offer. We had a small ” introductory ” project providing canvas, yarns and some samples, and they were off.
What fun it was to teach those who’d never done canvas work and to learn from skilled participants. The sample we made could be turned into a needle case or a glasses pouch. I hate making a sample that is of no use so always try to make a useful item. On a ship there are serious time constraints preventing us from making larger items. It is much better if the ladies can take home a completed project so that they go away feeling good.
Hi lovely readers! I have talked a lot about the destinations on my recent,wonderful cruise but not about the crafts! The very reason for me being on the cruise in the first place is that I was actually teaching crafts! And what a great time we had!
One of the very popular crafts that we made was silk purses. We used silk ties to make these simple colourful make up pouches. I did start buying ties from charity shops but was not very happy. Silk ties in charity shops are quite expensive. They are often not too clean! They do not wash very well ( my Mother was right) I ended up buying lots of silk ties from China. These are sold as wedding ties and are colourful, good quality and nice to work with.
The purses are quite simple to make and the only other requirement is a zip. If you place the tie longways and use the zip as a measure, you can wind the tie round and round until the length is used. Pin and then slip stitch as you go. Slip stitch the base and insert the zip. Job done!
These are a small collection of the finished purses that were in our final Exhibition of Crafts. Didn’t we do well?
What an awesome,exciting, historic place! I still can’t believe that I was lucky enough to visit this wonder of the World!
The cruise ship docked in Aqaba Jordan and I joined a day tour to the interesting Historic remains of Petra. The coach journey was in itself very interesting, made better by our brilliant guide. On the two hour journey we saw something of Jordan. A peaceful, hot, desert country. We drove along the main highway of Jordan which is a very busy and ancient trade route. Interestingly this original route was built with the profits from the transportation of Myrrh and Frankincense.
We saw Bedouin people living their centuries old life style in Bedouin tents and herding goats. We drove past Wadi Rum, an amazing rock formation in the desert where “Laurence of Arabia” was filmed. On the way back we saw a wonderful desert sunset.
Petra was a magic place completed around 100 BC. It is worthy of the title “seventh New wonder of the World”
The Treasury is the main archeological structure of the park and is displayed in all of its 3000 year old glory. If you look closely to either side of the facia you will see square holes carved into the stone. These holes were carved in order to support the wooden scaffolding to enable the original carving of the facia?
A great day out and a wonderful opportunity.
I haven’t yet mentioned the beautiful crafts that we worked on board the cruise ship so watch this space!
No I’m sailing out of Heraklion Greece on a wonderful cruise ship Fred Olsen Boudicca.
Where are you?
I do like alliteration don’t you? As you may guess today I’m in Crete. Apparently the fifth largest Greek island and a great producer of olive oil. I did a tour around rural Crete. Field after field of olive groves and beautiful vineyards.
We visited a winery and sampled the local produce. We had a snack lunch in a Taverna which was lovely with the exception of the herbal tea. I’m a Morning Breakfast sort of a girl.
The weather was hot but with a gentle breeze. Perfect touring weather. I am told that September is the best month to visit. I haven’t , however had chance to see any beaches. So there’s nothing more to be said I will have to return. If it’s only to get some decent pictures.
Cruise going really well and everyone enjoying craft classes. Phew! Two classes done and about 6 to go. It’s always flexible because we are influenced by the weather ( can’t get into port) demand ( people just NEED) a knitting fix! Instead of knitting just substitute printing sewing crochet……..
It is also essential to sample the local cuisine,especially the Portuguese tarts. Diet ? What diet?
Hi Guys where are you crafting today? I’m knitting on a coach on my way to Dover.
Yes I’m off on Another crafty cruise. I am so lucky to be seeing the World from a cruise ship. Sure I have to work but it’s such a pleasure when you love what you do . The greatest pleasure of all is “coaching ” someone and sharing the crafty knowledge.
This cruise is Island hopping from Dover UK through the Suez Canal and home from Jordan. The great promise at the end is a trip to Petra. I can’t wait but do have some work to do before then.
This explains why I’ve not been blogging recently as in the five weeks since my last cruise I’ve been prepping the crafts for this cruise! It’s so nice to sit on the transfer coach and knit my own project!!
When running a craft class on board a cruise ship it is important that I present a variety of crafts. One Craft that is always popular is block printing using mainly hand carved wooden blocks. I provide pre made linen tote bags and tea towels to work with. It’s a great hour or so whilst cruising the Norwegian Fjords.
Block printing appeals to all ages and abilities. I provide the paint and the equipment and, let’s face it, we all enjoy playing with paint. It must appeal to our inner child! Many of the visitors to my classes are competent crafts people so enjoy going the extra step. To encourage the individuality I also provide embroidery kits and buttons and beads for embelishment. The results are usually a delight and make a great cruise souvenir.
I will be brief! Last night I had a phone call to ask could I help out and do a craft cruise to CANADA NEXT SATURDAY!! Could I help? Of course I could!
In the meantime I’ve got to:
Take 2 Grandchildren on a bucket and spade holiday to a caravan.
Write the craft programme.
Sort out all the craft supplies.
Dream up a couple of extra ideas for alternative classes.
Make some samples ( always practice, always be ahead of the student)
Pack a suitcase for next week.
Pack a suitcase for the cruise.
Get myself to Liverpool to pick up the cruise.
Sign and return contracts.
So I’m very sorry but no time to blog, no WIFI next week, probably no WIFI on the ship.
But, Hey! Canada here I come!