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Girl's Creative Night Out: Crochet Planters & Mini Terrariums

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by Erica Enriquez (subscribe)
Published September 12th 2016
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We're all on the hunt for something crafty to do, myself included. A desk job and a side gig also at a desk means I'm either looking at a computer screen, or gathering information to lead me back to a computer screen.

The perfect antidote to an overdose of Microsoft Office is a Girls' Creative Night Out workshop, run by two creative women who have recently launched their own brand of craft workshops called Create With Us.

I met with Hilary Woodfine and Bronnie Zervos, and a small group of workshop attendees at Bar Blaq, Lane Cove, for a Crochet Planters & Tiny Terrariums workshop.

Hilary and Bronnie said, "Create With Us is all about bringing people together to create. We want to make it easy for people to be able to learn how to make things in a relaxed way. We believe everyone is creative and we want to unleash their creative beast!". Their combined expertise in creative crafts and workshops (Bronnie runs April Mae whilst Hilary runs Tiny Paradise) means Create With Us is ideal for people who are looking for a bit of a crafty, creative outlet.

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The workshop I attended was casually run, with a cocktail served on arrival - important after a day in the office! After pleasantries, we're led to a table filled with crochet hooks, yarn and a sheet of paper with basic instructions, as well as other assorted goodies.

We start with making our crochet planters. Bronnie's laid out different colours for us to choose from. Our crochet creations will eventually be used to cover and decorate the terrarium holder that Hilary will get us working on next.

It'd been a while since my last crochet session (I was probably 14 years old), and I wasn't sure I would pick it up quickly. Luckily, Bronnie's assistance and supervision helped me get back on my crocheting bike, so to speak, and soon I was giggling and gas-bagging with my fellow workshop buddies (cocktails kind of helped in that department, too). If you've never crocheted before, that's OK. One person in our workshop was a total newbie to it, and Bronnie is a great teacher. The small workshop size is perfect if you need more help. It's also fine if you've crocheted before, too.

Bronnie talked us through the basics of crochet patterns, hooks and stitches. She also showed us how to begin a row, how many chains to create and other elements of crocheting needed to make a planter holder.

Create With Us, workshop, crochet, terranium

Create With Us, workshop, crochet, terranium

"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.

Create With Us, workshop, crochet, terranium

Create With Us, workshop, crochet, terranium

The whole therapeutic aspect of crafting and creating really comes through in the workshop, not just enjoyed by the attendees but also enjoyed by Bronnie and Hilary, too. Hilary said, "I have always have this idea in the back of my head but it wasn't until Bronnie suggested we work together that I felt I could do it so I have her to thank. If you asked me that question 5 years ago I would never have thought I'd have had the guts to do this".

In the end, I left with some amazing goodies to brighten up my desk at work, and will be looking forward to attending more Create With Us workshops in the future!

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Why? Workshops run by Create With Us are all about bringing people together to create!
When: Check back on their website at for workshop dates
Phone: 0402 837 310
Where: Various locations around Sydney
Cost: Prices start from $60
Your Comment
Unique idea, Erica, very retro - our grannies used to crochet covers for everything in the home! Love the cocktail additive though - would add to a good social gathering!
by Elaine (score: 3|4736) 550 days ago
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