One cold, Winters day a few years ago I headed off to a place called Warburton in the Yarra Valley, Victoria with my Mum to do a beading course. Warby as it is affectionately known, has been a favourite haunt since I was a kid but it became somewhat divey for awhile, however, it has been revamped in some parts and is an extremely popular place to visit now especially on weekends.

Our course was held in a shop called ‘Circle of  Stones’ which is quite a large, open place but it had an area partitioned off with a pot belly stove burning away. Very cosy and atmospheric. There weren’t too many folks doing the course which suited me.

Before starting, Mum & I had to choose a Macaw feather, leather & beads. We were about to learn Peyote stitch. I can’t remember when but I had done a little Peyote stitch before and LOVED it.

It was such a lovely, relaxing and fun day and a really nice thing to do with my Mum. Her Macaw feather has gentle orange tones to it. It looked fabulous at the end of the day as did mine and it sits proudly on top of our book shelf. I regularly admire my handy work and it has been a constant reminder to do more! I didn’t get the stitching quite even, but practice makes perfect.


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