Wreath-1Wednesday 20 November 2013 was our first-ever Christmas wreath workshop that we teamed up with Hobbycraft to host. It was good to see so many of you at the workshops ready and rearing to put your creative talents to use.

Workshops were held nationwide at Hobbycraft stores and some of the Woman’s Weekly team turned up at a few. Wreath-2 For those of us that did attend we had a truly marvellous time and will be displaying our self made wreaths this Christmas with pride! Here Editor Diane and Lifestyle Editor Jayne Marsden share with us their experience of attending the Watford and Chelmsford workshops…


Take six women, a choice of twig-entwined or classic greenery wreaths, mix with a table piled with every kind of decoration from ribbons, bows, buttons, pine cones and ivy, to clip on felt reindeers and hearts, sparkly flowers and bunches of berries in various sizes and colours and what do you get? The first-ever Woman’s Weekly wreath making sessions at Hobbycraft stores around the country. The group I joined were in Watford and, fueled by tea, biscuits and mince pies, they all had a thoroughly marvelous time creating their gorgeous wreaths. Helped by the lovely Ula – one of the Hobbycraft team, wearing a suitably festive reindeer headband – we all dove into the pile of decorating goodies spread out in front of us.


Editor, Diane Kenwood, with the rest of the team at the Watford Hobbycraft store.

As you can see, the final results were as individual as the women round the table (I’ve just realised, all the twig wreath-makers are on one side of the picture and the greenery goddesses are on the other. Entirely accidental!), and we were proud as punch of our hand-made creations (thank goodness I didn’t let the Woman’s Weekly side down!) What everyone was entirely in agreement about was that for just £10 the session had not only been hugely enjoyable, but fantastic value as well. Our lovely guests departed with assurances that they’d be keen to attend other sessions in the future, which delighted store manager Paul as much as it did me. Watch this space for more WW/Hobbycraft events in 2014!


Woman’s Weekly Lifestyle Editor, Jayne Marsden, and Kimberly Golding from Marketing joined in the fun over tea and biscuits and craft natter, at the Chelmsford branch.


Craft-tastic! Back row, from left: Susan Hunnikin, Kimberly Golding, Karen Herlihy, Susan Hunnikin, , Jayne Marsden, Sharon Clarke and daughter Sara Stacey. Front row, from left: Denise Blows, Julie and Sophie Gardiner.

If you attended one of the Christmas Wreath workshops we’d love to hear how you got on. Better still, if you have a picture of the wreath that you made we’d love to see it and share it in our online gallery. It’s now easier than ever before to send us your photos using our online upload form. You can access the form here > Your Makes Upload Form.