In the craft workshop at Larchfield, Joseph is turning fluffy merino wool fleece into lovely felt ornaments. ‘I like felting’, he says. ‘I’m making some hangers for Christmas in the shape of gingerbread men. For the tree.’
‘To do felting you need the wool. And soap’, he adds. He layers the wool then works it with soap and water to mat it down and shrink it.
Others are making felt Christmas stockings to sell in the shop here at Larchfield and perhaps at other Camphill centres; they were very popular last year.
The felted bags are beautiful too. When they’re done, each one will be finished with a handle made by the weavers, whose looms are also set up here.
On another table, people are making Christmas cards embossed with pretty metal snowflakes that were once tin cans – Sarah, who organises the workshop, is a fount of creative ideas.
A colourful new year
Until recently the group had to meet in the community’s Hall. ‘The workshop building was being refurbished’, Sarah explains.
Everyone agrees it was worth the wait. With a fresh new space, Joseph and his friends look set to enjoy more colourful and creative experiences in the year ahead.