Crafts, Cooking and Caring Community
Look around, Crafts Abound!
Throughout July, we are continuing to offer friendly
Craft and Chat sessions over Zoom to lift your spirits. Helping you to make new connections and revive flagging friendships, through sharing our crafts together.
Each Craft and Chat session will feature one of your favourite Big Skill Tutors. Who will be demonstrating one of our Big Skill Crafts@Home Kits, with plenty of time for a chat and sharing our top crafting tips.
In May, we were delighted to have Rosie Ramsey join Bridget for a Craft and Chat session. Rosie discovered how to upcycle an old t-shirt into a tote bag. You'll find Rosie's video on our About Page.
Join In from the comfort and safety of your home
With; Hand embroidery with Ginn, Acrylic paint techniques with Karen, Organza flowers with Katey's Crafts, Kids Kitchen cook along with Kate, rag-rug flower brooches and coil basked making with Bridget, FfolkyFfelt animals with Ems, plus more sessions to be announced!
To get your secure Zoom link for our Craft and Chat sessions, you need to book on Eventbrite. The first few people to sign up for each session will be mailed a FREE Crafts@Home Kit, so make sure to Book Early!
Go Tree Foraging with Adele!
Adele will be appearing on Sunday 20th June at our Midsummer Crafts Festival, at Bleddfa. (Booking essential on Eventbrite - see our Midsummer Crafts Festival page).
Join her to add to your Crafts and Chat Nature Journal began during lockdown. Or pick up a new nature-inspired hobby, foraging with Trees.
Adele's Tree Forager book will be released on 10th August - available for pre-order on Amazon.
"In her humorous, inspiring and warm text, Adele explains how we can forage from our trees, not only for food, but also for remedies and for the materials to make toys, musical instruments and other useful things."
Meet Adele Nozedar - The 2 Minute Forager
All 3 Seasons - Spring, Summer and Autumn of Adele's Foraging series made for The Big Skill are now on YouTube.
Discover how to gather, cook and brew wild and garden plants, in the beautiful Brecon Beacons of Wales.
English Playlist - The 2 Minute Forager
Trolais Cymraeg! - Welsh Narration and translation by Brychan Jones
Thank you to Community Foundation Wales
Craft Sessions in Mid-Wales and Monmouthshire
When Lockdown 3.0 comes to an end and it is safe to do so, we hope to again be able to host Covid-safe sessions at local venues across Mid-Wales and Monmouthshire. Alongside our free craft kits, cooking recipes and ingredients, for those who are unable to make it to local community centres.
Helping you to work through the effect that lockdown and the pandemic have had on you, your family and the local community.
At our Midsummer Crafts Festival on the 19th and 20th June at the Bleddfa Centre, we will bring together exhibitions of creative crafts and photography. Showing how the pandemic affected our community. Alongside Craft Stalls, Free workshops, a Cafe, live entertainments, friendship and cheer.
For more information (including how you can share your community, crafts and cooking skills)
Supported by the WcVA Voluntary Services Recovery Fund via the Welsh Government.
February Photo Challenge Gallery
Lots of folks are joined in with Emma and Adele, posting photos of what they notice while out and about, or while taking daily exercise outdoors. Then sharing their snaps with us at The Big Skill on facebook or instagram.
Taking notice of little things happening around us has been proven to lift our mood, by bringing us closer to the wonders of nature.
All of our February Challenge photos will be brought together in an exhibition at the Big Skill Midsummer Crafts Festival in June 2021.
The Big Skill Cook-In
During Adult Learners Week 2020 we held 4 Cook-in sessions, hosted by the Bleddfa Centre in Mid-Wales. Two in-person sessions (with social distancing) and two online on Zoom.
On Monday, Lizzy of Pippin and Gile led participants in making Blackberry and Apple butter from local fruit, outside in the courtyard at The Barn. The autumn weather stayed fine for the session, which produced a good crop of jars of preserves for participants to take home.
On Tuesday, Kate Alman, Herefordshire co-ordinator for Kids Kitchen, ran a session creating Savoury and Sweet Tarts for us over Zoom. Kids Kitchen run free, weekly Tuesday sessions online for parents and children to cook together. They also offer CPD accredited training for adults and parents (or grandparents!) who wish to cook along with their own children. Kate's next online Kids Kitchen course starts soon.
On Wednesday, we got together with Adele from Brecon Beacons Foraging to Rumble for Crumble in the Bleddfa orchards. Scrumping for apples and blackberries was followed by a cooking demonstration and tasting in the Barn. Participants took away a bag of freshly foraged ingredients, plus a recipe sheet, to try out their new skills at home.
On Thursday, Louise and Sue of The Woodee firepit company in Herefordshire joined us over Zoom. Louise showed us how to safely light the Woodee firepit with local sustainable firewood and flamers. While Sue demonstrated cooking a meal outdoors using a Woodee. Chicken stir fry with vegetables, followed by Baked apple and blackberry parcels. Our session was topped off with tips on using a Dutch Oven in the fire, prompted by a question from course attendees.
Altogether, a delicious week of Autumn courses and recipes, created by local tutors and participants, from seasonal produce.
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Two ladies making fruit butter outdoors at a table.
Cooking on a Woodee Fire Pit.
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