As most of you know I often teach crafts on cruise ships so you won’t be surprised to learn that I’ve been to the craft class on my current holiday. It was really good to see how someone else deals with the craft Classes. Lyn the tutor on this SAGA cruise has a completely different take on the situation. But you can always learn something new. Lyn works in paper craft which is not my first love but I am really enjoying a fresh outlook. I am delighted to make a Christmas Tree from a paper back book! Seasonal, appropriate and fun.
On my last cruise we made beaded bracelets which I have mentioned before.
To be honest I found them a nightmare to teach but they were popular. We had a safety pin crises where pins were too big or too small. There was a problem with the elastic over stretching but the project was very popular. The thread was almost impossible to knot and pins slipped off the end. But they remained popular. We had “gluegate” when we tried to secure the knots but they were still popular. I must admit to swearing that I’d never do them again no matter how popular.
THEN I met one of the craft guests at the airport going home. She had made ( successfully) two bracelets as Christmas gifts. She and her husband had been for afternoon tea in a smart hotel in CapeTown . There in a glass display cabinet were the very same popular bracelets marked at £20 each!
I guess I will offer these popular bracelets as an option on my next cruise!
Many people ask me what I do. Well, apart from being very happily retired, I do crafts! Multiple crafts, some old, up-cyclingn, some new and some for fun. This love of crafts has led me to teach my art on board cruise ships! Simply put I am cruising the oceans sharing my love of crafts. I do not profess to being a qualified teacher but what I am good at is creating a group of people bonded by craft projects. I like to think that I inspire people to “have a go”
I cater for around 30 people per project and have to take all materials with me. There’s little opportunity to shop for glue or yarn off the coast of Africa! (Where I am at the moment) This is an onerous task and involves lots of “arguments ” with suit cases.
The really hard work is in the prep. Deciding what projects to offer and how much fabric will be need to be bought. The reward is seeing someone struggle with a project and being delighted with the result.
Another busy day crafting at sea as we head across the South Atlantic towards Namibia. Our craft group is packed with people of mixed abilities all working hard on individual projects. They’re also brilliant at helping each other. Interestingly we provide the initial ideas, lots of craft supplies and away we go.
Today “inspiration Textile packs”were the name of the game. As the name suggests we have put together these packs designed to inspire the imagination. I will show you some end results very soon.
Yet another day at sea. Not that I’m complaining . Crafts are doing well and today we did felting Lush soap again which is always popular. Ladies continued to quilt their iPad projects and seeing how pleased someone is with their efforts is a delight.Up cycling the Lush pin cushions is a great quick project which is also popular.
Gaelic coffee tops off the day nicely
Today we should have visited Ascension Island but due to a large sea swell it wasn’t safe enough to land the tender crafts. I believe them! My life is in their hands!
Due to this major inconvenience we were asked to put on an unscheduled craft class. We found our enthusiasm and had a happy, crafty morning. Most guests choice to work on their previous projects which are coming together beautifully. What a talented group they are!
We left Cape Verde with a great deck party. We sailed away with approximately 1000 nautical miles to go to our next destination of Ascension Island . At this moment there is in excess of 15,000 feet of water below us. Now that is deep! We are “somewhere” in the South Atlantic.
In Craft today we continued to work on beaded bracelets, did some block printing and generally had a good chat.
The sky is blue, the sun is hot and all is good with the World. My classes are popular and the participants are creative. It’s pretty difficult to pitch the classes right for the cruise guests as we get complete novices and fabulous experts. I work on the principle that the novice will learn something from me and I will learn something from the experts!
I’ve actually remembered to take a few pictures before I got embroiled in the class but then I put my phone down and didn’t take any more!
And unusually a picture of me!!
No real crafting today just a big sort ready for our class tomorrow! A beautiful HOT day here in Las Palmas
The “problem” with cruising is that the ship invariably docks in an unattractive busy port. The nature of the beast I suppose! Usually the initial first impression is replaced by holiday happiness and enthusiasm for the resort.
I am enjoying a good swim each day which seems to be helping my hip problem. I’m working on the principle that they use water therapy for race horses with leg problems Bring on the Race Horse exercise programme!
This is a looong cruise ending in CapeTown. All is good and the crafts are going down very well. I had to buy further crafting supplies in Madeira to keep us going. It’s a fine line between running out of stuff and having to carry too much home. We will be flying back so are weight limited. (But no one has told my waistline!) Due to waistline issues I’m trying to gym or swim each day.
The crafts so far have involved a cruise log book, felting soap, air dried clay, pin cushion and beading. We are so intensely busy for a shot time that I usually forget to take pictures.