Last Saturday I spent a lovely day at Ruthin Craft Centre ( Canolfan grefft Rhuthun ) in the company of eleven other talented and excited women taking part in a wonderful workshop with the very inspiring Becky Adams. It was called Unfolding Stories and the idea was that each of us would come home with our own version of the concertina books that Becky makes, each one personal to the maker and recording an event, memory or place special to that person.
Becky started by showing us some of her own work and her absolutely stunning sketch books...
and then with a generosity I am not sure I could manage, she offered us free access to all her precious vintage fabrics, buttons, trims, stamps and we started on our own piece for the day.
After a play with some ideas and themes and some of the bits and pieces I had taken with me (a pair of little leather baby shoes I bought at a car boot sale taking centre spot) - I decided my book would look at growth - from being a baby to adulthood. I finished three pages on the day and Becky showed us how to stitch them together at home to create a book. I love what I ended up with and have decided to frame it as it is, although I would like to go back and explore these techniques and this theme again another time when I have access to more of the pictures and materials I have collected at home.
I had the loveliest of days with a group of women, who from the same starting point came up with the most diverse range of 'books' all completely different and each equally beautiful. Becky was the kindest and most generous of tutors and showed so much enthusiasm for our work it was impossible not to get carried away with the joy of the day. I would encourage anyone else who sees an opportunity to take a course with her, or to see her work up close, to jump at it and I am definitely hoping she comes back to Ruthin again soon.