H&A enjoyed an absorbing day out this week making Christmas cards and decorations from antique papers in a beautiful home on the edge of Guildford.
Embroiderer and homeware designer Caroline Zoob had some inspiring ideas for her students on using old maps, musical manuscripts and handwritten letters on cardboard templates of Christmas trees, reindeers, stars and birds to create charming sepia-tinged tree decorations and cards (see our attempt above).
‘The most important thing about today is that you take home ideas and inspiration,’ said Caroline and judging by the absorbed silence that fell over the group of eight women as they leaned over their handiwork, she had her students hooked.
A delicious lunch and a home full of tasteful French antiques and walls painted in Farrow & Ball’s soft white tones helped create the right ambience for some relaxing pre-Christmas creativity.
A little (antique manuscript) bird told us that there is still a place left for her course on Monday for anyone who wants to forget about the onslaught of Christmas consumerism for the day.
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