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Published April 23rd 2019
Fun, creative workshops with a community benefit
In a beautiful heritage-listed home with a large backyard in North Brisbane, women and children are brought together to connect, learn and create through workshops and social craft groups.
The garden provides space for veges, workshops, free range chickens and native bees (Image: The Nest Community)
For the kids, there are regular Chicken Cuddle and Feeding workshops, which are free of charge. During school holidays, they can learn to make their own dream catcher, fairy garden, seedling pot or a scarecrow for the veggie patch.
Mexican embroidery is one of the workshops on offer (Image: The Nest Community)
There's no end to the beautiful, practical things you can make with a few skills under your belt (Image: The Nest Community)
For the adults, the workshops on offer change from to time, but just a few examples include:
Mandala stone painting
Polymer clay jewellery
Kids shorts sewing
Bees wax wraps
Pop into the Boomerang Bag social group and help reduce plastic waste in our community (Image: The Nest Community)
In the workshop I attended, I had the joy of learning to make polymer clay earrings. For me, it wasn't just a once-off activity (not that there's anything wrong with that). It turned out to be the launch pad for an exciting new hobby I've been enjoying for about a year since the workshop.
The availability of workshops depends, I imagine, on the availability of the volunteer instructors. The Nest Community is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation. One of the wonderful things about enrolling in a workshop or shopping at the haberdashery is that your money goes to help reduce social isolation and support women and children.
They say: "We believe fostering connections in the community will result in greater harmony and resilience. Our programs reduce social isolation through forming intergenerational connections between women and children regardless of age, cultural or economic background." There are no paid staff - volunteers share their time and expertise because they believe in The Nest's mission.
School holiday workshops let the kids get creative with others (Image: The Nest)
The Nest Community also values environmentalism and sustainability. By taking part in a workshop and making things with your own fair hands, you can deepen your appreciation of the effort that goes into making things that last. I think this is important when so many of the things we buy from the big shops nowadays are designed to break and be thrown away after a few uses.
A true treasure trove of bargains ready to inspire your creativity (Image: The Nest Community)
One of the most fantastic ways in which The Nest supports sustainability is through their haberdashery. What a treasure trove! The haberdashery sells donated fabric, lace, sewing patterns, buttons, thread, zips, card making supplies and just about anything else that you'd find in crafty Aunty's sewing room "stash".
Instead of it going to waste, these bits and bobs find new uses at The Nest. I filled a bag with small pieces of off-cuts for $2, and found some larger pieces of fabric in pretty colours and patterns too. Highly recommended if you want to make something beautiful from next to nothing.
This heritage-listed house is filled with creativity and community