We are very lucky to have such super talented and lovely teachers as part of our I Made It Myself family – so we thought it would be a good idea to do a Q&A to find out their top tips for a crafty party and getting the most out of it. We had a cuppa and a chat with Jennifer Farrell who designs and makes her own jewellery for her one woman business Storm in a Teacup. She also teaches our vintage jewellery and friendship bracelet making parties and events.
Why does jewellery making work well for hen parties?
I think the reason people enjoy these classes so much are because it brings people together. Hen parties can be tricky if you’re bringing together a mix of family, in laws, older relatives, school friends, work friends, so I think creative classes are just a really good way to get people interacting. When people arrive you don’t know who knows who, but by the end you assume they’re all friends! It’s a really lovely hen party idea, as everyone is in the same boat, it’s not about being the best – it’s just about having fun.
What advice would you give to newbies making jewellery at a workshop or crafty hen party?
First of all, plan it out on your mat. Mock it up, don’t cut anything off till you have to and don’t thread anything till you have to. But also it’s about trial and error, so even when I’m designing things now I start by mocking it up, but if it doesn’t look right, I undo it, redo it, and start again. It’s more important to take time at the planning stage so you’re happy with it and will want to wear it!
What was your favourite ever I Made It Myself event to teach at?
Tough one but two come to mind – The press day for Claire’s was really fun, we were making tassel bracelets for them. It was really different, the people who came didn’t know what to expect but they really got into it and everyone was really lovely.
Secondly we did an amazing vintage jewellery making hen party in Clapham – it was the biggest one, 22 people and it was so much fun, they all came up with really quirky designs. They all hugged us afterwards because they just had the best time, we were so touched!
What was your favourite piece made at one of our classes?
We did an event at Shoreditch House for the members there and one of the girls had a really quirky style and created a Vivienne Westwood style necklace. She put loads of rosary beads together, loads of layers, it was really out there. She just went for it and I really like that, it always sticks in my mind.
We think music is a must at our jewellery making parties, what’s your perfect playlist ?
I’ve got a pretty varied playlist. So Fleetwood Mac, Stone Roses ’cause I was a 90’s teen, De La Soul for some happy vibes, and a bit of Led Zeppelin. I’ve also got a playlist I made called “Smile” – really happy stuff, full of energy, no negative connotations and great for a positive day’s work!
What do you think are the big jewellery trends for 2016?
Well it was all about layering and stacking in 2015 and that’s still going on but my new collection has a bit of a 90’s feel, rose quartz, opal, faded dark silver, stars. But I think the layering trend will continue, lots simple chains together, lots of skinny rings stacked together.
For Jennifer’s complete collection have a browse at www.stormteacup.co.uk
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