The Mexican Festival of The Day of The Dead lends itself to such brilliant ideas for crafts projects. The festival is observed on 2nd November, primarily in Mexico but also in some other parts of Central and South America. It's also known as Día de los Muertos, a celebration of the deceased where friends and family who have died are honoured, often by visiting their graves or creating alters for them featuring their favourite foods, brightly coloured flowers and sugar skulls.
This year we were invited to host 3 craft workshops inspired by Day of The Dead, a sold-out session for children as part of the Barbican Saturday Morning Kid's Film Club (above), a sold out public workshop at Drink Shop Do and a fun evening party for adults at The Ned Private Member's Club.
Each session was tailored to the participants so we created no-sew options for the younger kids, showed a range of embroidery techniques at the Drink Shop Do session and ensured for The Ned there was lots of sparkly materials to fit the glamorous backdrop.
Want to have a go at making a Stitched Sugar Skull?
You just need some colourful felt and collage materials like buttons, sequins and scrap fabric. You can stuff with wadding or leave flat and create in any size you want. Here's some ideas...