We are excited to announce that The Make Escape will be hosting craft workshops in the beautiful grounds of Chiswick House!
Mia from the Make Escape is a lover of past stories as well as crafty pastimes, and has designed workshops inspired by history, and the famous occupants of the glorious House and Gardens. These workshops include stunning embroidery, iconic cameos, and scented pomanders.
We will also be offering family craft activities during school holidays, so there is crafting fun for everyone visiting Chiswick!
Echoing the pastimes of Regency society, the embroidery workshop on Sunday 13th May will introduce attendees to variety of decorative sewing techniques, completing a hand-stitched design. Ornate needlework was a valuable skill for ladies at the height of society; and historical occupants of the house would have created designs inspired by the beautiful gardens and floral filled conservatory, as can you in this session.
Throughout history, cameos were a way to record the visage of a loved one and kept as keepsakes to treasure.
Taking inspiration from Georgian jewellery and objects d’art featuring relief work, this card craft workshop on July 15th will use these iconic silhouette cameos as inspiration to make layered collages, for use as gift cards or display as home décor.
The September 9th workshop offers the opportunity to create a fragranced pomander ball.
Pomanders, from the French ‘pomme d’amber’, referring to the apple shape, were scented items hung to improve the scent in the air, popular during plague years and beyond. Smaller versions could be worn upon fashionable outfits, often seen in historical painted portraits.
Using luscious fabrics, you can create and decorate a stylish modern pomander filled with aromatics, to adorn your home.
On Easter Monday, 2nd April, It’s ‘Time for Tea’! Visitors to Chiswick House can join our family crafting activity influenced by Georgian tea parties. Thanks to seafaring exploration, tea was welcomed to our shores in the 17th Century, and soon became popular. We’ll embellish colourful teapot decorations inspired by the fashionable beverage.
The Grade I listed conservatory at Chiswick House is home to a stunning collection of rare and historic Camellias, and we’ll be using these blooms as the motif for the family drop-in workshop on 31st May. Crafting a colourful paper flower decoration, you can take home a memento of your visit.
Visit the Chiswick House website to see more on these workshops, and to book you place.