With a Little Help from Intern Ellen

Last month we were lucky enough to have a lovely intern called Ellen join us at Crafty HQ to gain an insight into the way we work and even help run a few of our crafty party workshops.

Ellen was a huge help whilst she was here and supplied us with LOTS of cakes and treats on her last day. (Bonus points for Ellen!) Read on below to find out how Ellen found her time as a crafty hen intern:


I am a Textiles student and for the past two weeks I have been lucky enough to do my university placement at The Crafty Hen. I’ve had a great two weeks experimenting with design ideas, planning and getting creative with an exciting range of fabrics and materials.

Making fascinators was a fun start to my first day! I really enjoyed playing with all the lovely feathers, fabrics, ribbons, buttons and lots of netting too! I was pleasantly surprised with the results and that I actually managed to make a range of professional looking fascinators!

During my time at Crafty HQ, I have been kept busy with lots of little jobs here and there. But my favourite jobs were the more creative and hands on tasks - making samples for workshops including flower crowns, 1920 style headdresses, quilt samples, textiles accessories and even some ceramic painting designs! I am now really inspired to create lots more crafty things for myself and friends birthdays. I didn’t realise just how easy it could be!

These past two weeks as well as having the opportunity to assist at a few crafty hen workshops has changed my perspective on the kind of work I want to do when I finish university. I would really like to work with and teach people how they can bring textile skills into their lives.
Hopefully this will not be the last the Crafty Hen sees of me and I will be back in my time off to help around HQ wherever needed!

Best of luck to Ellen back in completing her first year down in Bournemouth Uni and we look forward to inviting her back to Crafty HQ very soon. In the meantime, check out a few of Ellen's creations whist she was here.