This weekend we took a day trip with the very talented Kitty Farrow! We travelled all the way to North Walsham in Norfolk so we could have the greatest pleasure in meeting Ella Carstairs at her Straw Craft Museum!
We were truly blown away by the variation of straw craft she had in her collection and also the time she took talking to us about all the different methods and places she had visited to learn about straw craft from all over the world. She is a very inspiring woman and we had a long conversation about paper quilling, of course our childhood craft of choice, and somehow trying to get the technique itself put on the national curriculum! “Can you imagine?” was her phrase of choice, from her amazement that a humble piece of straw can become such a beautiful item, to how long a piece of work had taken her friends to do, to how grateful she was to be able to have her own Museum and people come to visit it. We left feeling extremely inspired and started brainstorming how we could use her craft techniques in our own way. Gift Wrap HQ may be going a little quilling and straw crazy for awhile! Watch this space! In Ella’s words “the possibilities are endless.”
If you ever get a chance to visit Ella in her Museum you will be totally amazed and never look at a straw hat in the same way again!! She is a very unique and inspiring woman and we can’t wait to start decorating our gifts with quilling and straw techniques!!