MakeShift Workshop: Himmeli


Something rather special has moved into my neighbourhood, and I really want to tell you all about it. For the past several months MakeShift (Brianne Sheppard and Calli Duncan) has been running these incredible DIY workshops.  Topics range from weaving to terrariums.  They have created a beautiful space in the Dallas neighbourhood of Kamloops where they run their workshops and events which is also available for private rentals.

When they offered their himmeli workshop I was so excited because it finally worked out in my schedule to attend.  Closer to the date however I realized I wasn't going to have childcare that evening, but I needn't have worried.  Brianne and Calli were totally happy to have me bring Little Forager and a play pen, and even helped entertain him when he started getting upset about not being part of the crafting action!  There he is below trying to see what we are all making, and also playing with some cups and someone's keys.

Himmeli are traditional Finnish ornaments that are usually associated with Christmas.  They were originally made of straw from the previous year's harvest.  Legend has it that the larger and more ornate the himmeli the better the following year's harvest would be.  Our himmeli were made from more modern material - in this case thin copper and brass pipe with wire to hold it all together.  Another more modern feature was the air plant that sits perfectly in the geometric ornaments.  These himmeli look beautiful hanging or just sitting pretty on a shelf or table.


If you are local I highly recommend making it out to a workshop if you can!  Check out their website and sign up for their mailing list to be the first to find out about upcoming workshops and events!  Tickets tend to go quickly, so sign up early if you see something you want to be a part of!

This review was not sponsored by MakeShift.