Well, crafting ladies and those who think crafting isn’t for them… come and try Paper Cutting. It’s simple, with just paper, bit of danger with the sharp scalpel and the joy of making something beautiful that doesn’t take days to produce….
On Monday 6 September I will lead a small class of ladies in the centuries old fine art of paper cutting, this class themed on animals meeting at Cresswell House for coffee at 10 starting at 10:30. Bring your own lunch but tea, coffee, biscuits and maybe there will be a cake. Everything will be provided for you to make 2 cuttings which you can frame before you go home, along with boards, blades and templates to have a very successful day. We will finish at 4 but you can take everything home, so you don’t have any UFO’s. It will cost you £20. Closing date – Monday 23 August.
Then on Saturday 25 September there will be another day paper cutting, this one themed on flowers, at Cresswell House planned for 10 for 10:30 start. Same as the animal’s day, everything will be provided from paper to frames to tea and cake, again just your lunch will be needed, finishing at 4 again priced at £20. Closing date – Monday 6 September
If either the floral or animal papercutting course is oversubscribed, the unsuccessful applicants will be offered another date.
Also, we have the return of Sue Malloy to the demonstration kitchen, on Thursday 16 September doing ‘Food from your Holiday’ as we haven’t been able to get away this year or last year! Sue will re-create some delicious memory jogging dishes, talking you through the recipes with hints and tips. And at the end you will get a taste of the creations! It is 10:30 for coffee at Cresswell House for the demo to start at 11:00, priced at £15. Can you think of a better way to
spend a Thursday? Closing date – Monday 31 August.
With Sue Malloy leading us step by step, we are going to run a series of Cookery Workshops where in a small group of three you can learn a basic cookery skill. We are starting with shortcrust pastry followed by pasta, genoise sponge and gluten free roulade at later dates.
On Thursday 23 September we begin with Classic Quiche Lorraine. Meeting at 10:30 for coffee with workshop starting at 11:00, in this workshop you will make shortcrust pastry, both by hand and in a processor, and then use it to form the base of a classic Quiche Lorraine. The main ingredients of which are smoky bacon, Gruyere cheese, eggs and cream. How do you achieve a perfectly cooked filling and no soggy bottom? You will find out! This workshop is limited to three people and will last for 2 to 3 hours. Everything is provided other than an apron and a container to take your Quiche home in. The closing date for this is Monday 6 September. If the workshop proves popular Sue will repeat it again for the unsuccessful applicants at a later date. Cost is £17.50.
As this month the pandemic restrictions are being gradually relaxed, I can’t guarantee that each WI will be back in full action to allow you to complete a yellow application form, although they have been included in this mailing. You can make direct application to Cresswell House, naming the course and providing your contact details.
Also worthy of noting is that all classes / demos will be on “reduced numbers” so that you can attend without worrying too much about cross contamination (something I thought I would ever write in the Northumberland News) as we are giving everybody extra space, so you and the tutors can feel comfy returning to Cresswell House.
So, ladies, it’s time to blow the dust off your diary and make some plans. I am as keen as anyone to get back to having fun, but I am as cautious as you to do it slowly and safely. I do hope you will sign up for these initial 4 events planned by the Craft Committee, I am looking forward to seeing you soon.

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