"We have people of all ages, it is mainly women, but for the kokedama classes we have a few men in the class (who love being in a room full of ladies!!). The best part is that everyone loves to create so we will have rooms of people from 15 to 75", the ladies from Create With Us explain to me. "It is mainly people who are looking for something a bit different to do after a boring day at work or mums looking to escape mum duties for a couple of hours or people who have retired and don't want to spend all day with their husbands or wives".
I was amazed by what I'd just created once my crochet planter holder was done. "I love it when people come to our workshops think that they aren't creative, then watch them go through the creative process, create something that they never thought they could create and then leave the workshop proud as punch" say Hilary and Bronnie. You forget you have a creative element to you, and being creative with tactile tools and materials rather than items on a computer screen made so much of a difference to me. I found I was instantly stress-free and at ease, not just from the completion of the crochet task, but from the act of crocheting itself.
Our next step was to create a terrarium in a pot, a session led by Hilary. A terrarium, for those that don't know, is basically a small plant or group of plants grown in an enclosed environment. Hilary led us through making a version this, but with a tiny cactus clipping. We're brought to another table where an array of cactus plants are laid out. Hilary explains the use of the potting mix (charcoal, soil and pebbles), and how they help to keep the plant alive. It's like a mini gardening session, and again, it felt great doing something with my hands again after all the time spent at a computer terminal.