NEW WORKSHOP DATE: 21st AUGUST 2015. Click here for details!
I’m really excited to be hosting a calligraphy class in Manchester on the 10th of June – it’s going to be lots of fun and I’d LOVE for you to come and join me for a day playing with pens and learning gorgeous contemporary scripts. We’ll be in the Northern Quarter from 11am until 4pm and there are 15 spaces available – booking starts today!
How to hold, wiggle and write with a traditional dip pen
The basics of contemporary lettering
It’s a hands-on day so I’ll be demonstrating a little, but most of the time you’ll be writing and I’ll be giving pointers and helping you
Calligraphy pens, paper, inks
Practice sheets and examples
Just your lovely self
Please bring your own lunch
Your pen and nib set, paper and practice sheets
Guidelines for practicing at home
The beautifully lettered goodies you’ve written on the day!
The price is £55 payable on booking – I can accept payments by bank transfer or PayPal. To book email me: hello@Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com
The class will begin at 11am and finish at 4pm. The location is very easily accessible in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – details and directions will be provided on booking.
There is space for 15 students so please book early!
I’ll be teaching the class myself and will be there all day to help you learn your calligraphy skills 🙂
Theresa Furey – www.theresafurey.com for the photography and use of the images
Wedding Creations www.weddingcreationsuk.co.uk for the styling and props
The Vintage Hire Company www.thevintagehire.com for the glassware and props
Table To Dine For www.tabletodinefor.com for the linens
Calligraphy for Weddings (Me!) www.calligraphy-for-weddings.com for the stationery
Vanilla Pod Bakery www.vanillapodbakery.com/ for the wedding cake
Before it’s published on the English Wedding Blog this Friday, here’s a sneak peek at some of the beautiful images of my calligraphy on location at Dalton Mills.
Dalton Mills, Keighley, West Yorkshire http://www.daltonmills.co.uk/
To see more, read the English Wedding Blog at 10am this Friday, May 1st…
I was super thrilled to be invited to collaborate on this deliciously styled shoot for a rustic, Italianesque wedding. My kraft calligraphy wedding stationery was the perfect finishing touch for the most amazing flowers, cakes and tablescapes in a fabulous barn setting – and I owe huge thanks to lovely wedding stylist Lauradana Day from Wedding Creations UK for inviting me to take part.
Photography Theresa Furey Photography
Styling & Decor Lauradana Day by Wedding Creations UK
Assistant Stylist Yolanda Day
Candelabras & Glassware The Vintage Hire Company
Linen Table to Dine For
Florist Garden and Wild
Stationery Calligraphy for Weddings
The entire styled shoot was featured on Coco Wedding Venues – it shares some fabulous tips on styling a rustic wedding: Elegant rustic wedding inspiration
To buy the kraft wedding stationery please visit my Etsy shop: http://etsy.com/shop/calligraphystore
I love working with wedding suppliers to create something new and exciting, and this week’s was one of the best shoots I’ve ever been involved in. Huge thanks to the wonderful Melissa Beattie Photography for asking me to be involved. I’m a huge fan of Emma at Tebbey & Co. who styled the tablescapes and arbour for the day…
Oh my goodness… when I first got the call asking me to give a calligraphy skills workshop for Kirstie back in May I said yes without even thinking about it. The excitement grew until all of a sudden it was the 18th of September and time to catch a train from the Lake District all the way down through London and Hampton Court Palace for The Handmade Fair. Over three days I helped almost 300 craft lovers make their first steps with quirky calligraphy – and you know what? It was a fabulous experience and one I can’t wait to repeat!
The three calligraphy skills workshops were fantastic: everyone tried really hard, I saw some really exciting lettering and charming characters both in person and on paper! We took some photos over the weekend to tell our story, from around the fair, inside the workshops and backstage – I hope you like them!
Arriving at The Handmade Fair on Friday morning was a little overwhelming! Even stepping out of Hampton Court station there was a line of people heading for the fair, and it felt very real all of a sudden! We landed on site around 11am to find the place already buzzing, there were thousands of people exploring the exhibitor tents, in the workshops and food areas. We found our lovely papercraft tent manager Emma who helped us settle in and showed us where to find all of our supplies ready for the first workshop at 2.
The first thing to do was collect our Expert badges – and customise them. I felt a little pretentious walking around with a badge proclaiming I was an Expert, so I crossed it out and changed it to Wizard. (Later that day, someone asked me what a wizard was and I had to explain about spells…) My partner in crime, super roadie and better half Steve was more subtle, simply asking for an S at the front of his badge.
We got lost twice in the first hour, and I couldn’t find the papercraft tent or any of the skills workshops on the map! My puzzled expression is one I wear often, and it doesn’t take much to confuse me…
All too soon it was time to welcome people into the calligraphy skills workshop. I really wanted to give the workshops a personal touch so I handed out pens at the door – it was lovely to meet everyone on that first day and helped calm my nerves! We sold over 84 tickets to the first workshop…
The beautifully decorated papercraft tent, with me up at the front being teacher! The ‘stage’ was quite high up! I felt like I was King of the Tent – not a comfortable place to be! – and as soon as I could I jumped down to come and see what my students were doing… and they were doing so well. A wonderful start to the weekend.
It really helped to see how students were holding the pens and what they found easy or struggled with. Writing thin hairlines was the easiest part; moving the pen upwards on the paper always proves difficult though, and it simply takes practice to develop that light, smooth touch with the calligraphy pen. The next step is to apply pressure on a downwards stroke of the pen, and this is a brave step. With the nibs we were using (Gillott 303 nibs from Blots Pens) the trick was to be brave and apply plenty of pressure, bending the nib enough for the tines (the two points at the end of the nib) to part, spreading the ink between them.
After our first successful workshop we tidied up and headed straight for the Prosecco van! Thank you organisers for putting it right outside the papercraft tent!
The Wizard badge was removed and we relaxed and enjoyed the fair for the rest of the afternoon. We made a few changes to the format of the workshops for day 2: rather than relying on the screen, which was too small to demonstrate how the calligraphy pen would flex and bend to make nice letter shapes, we decided I should give a very quick demo and spend the rest of the workshops amongst the students.
On day 2 we put our plan in place – and it worked a treat. I loved seeing what everyone was doing, and how people were really experimenting with the pens to get the best out of them. It makes me smile to remember the man who drew a bunny, and I’m pleased we had such a fantastic group of students… because that was the day the guy with a camera turned up! Talk about surprised… but I think we coped (basically: I jumped down from my throne and ran around the tent trying to hide from the camera while he filmed my students… it worked. I’m only kidding, he was great really!)
The papercraft tent beginning to fill up for day 2, and two of my class stars are here: Kate has been learning calligraphy for a year and she writes about her experiences on her blog at Olive and Reid. She’s really inspiring and I’ve learned a lot from her blog. Have a read: http://www.oliveandreid.com/ Then there is Jamie’s friend who asked some great questions about calligraphy – I wish I’d had more of a chance to talk to both of you two!
How exciting to have lovely Poppy Chancellor in the calligraphy skills workshop for the afternoon! Poppy’s writing was already full of character, and her enthusiasm is infectious. I do think I look like an elf in this photo…
Err… hello, camera guy!
This is me running away…
It really was good to see everyone’s writing and to be able to demonstrate the way the pen moves as well as correcting a few of the most common beginners’ mistakes: it’s ever so easy to tilt the pen to one side when it should be fairly flat on the page – and I enjoyed being able to help people and see their writing take shape!
We were writing names on little paper gift boxes, and I suggested people write either a short name or even initials on the lid of the box. In this corner of the tent the lady in blue had written such beautiful initials, they were fabulous.
One of my favourite photos: I can’t remember the conversation, but this lady was wonderful – and what a brilliant picture!
Introducing my “who-are-you-what’s-that-thing-and-I-can’t-remember-how-to-use-words-this-is-embarrassing” face. Pretty, isn’t it… we have more of these photos and they only get worse – but they make me giggle. A crazy highlight of the weekend!
Boy, did we need an alcoholic iced tea from Harry Brompton’s after that! Cheers! Sadly we couldn’t stay for the staff party as we’d arranged to go to a concert in Camden that night – a little rock music to bring us well and truly back down to earth 🙂
… and on to day 3, our final calligraphy skills workshop and a chance for some last minute shopping! This is me outside our little home from home…
Inside, another packed out workshop and a fantastic bunch of calligraphy students.
Asking everyone to gather around to watch as I demonstrated the movements of the pen was really helpful. I can’t remember if it was day 3 when we had a dozen or so left-handed students, and I was a little stuck – it was fascinating to see how left-handers write, and in theory it shouldn’t be hard to write with a calligraphy pen – but the difficulty comes from normal handwriting: left-handers have a way of curling their hands around and above their day-to-day writing and are used to forming letters differently. This is what makes calligraphy tricky to learn, unfortunately. I mentioned the left handed calligrapher, whose website is here – http://thelefthandedcalligrapher.com/ for inspiration. There’s an interesting video here too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_25hT5N_PUk – although the writer is holding the pen way too close to the nib!
I wish I knew what I was explaining here… or why I pull faces when I talk! In the background you can see our favourite person Emma in the pink vest – she was the manager of the papercraft tent and we couldn’t have done it without her! She’s talking to Nigel the tech guy in charge of the microphone – who I was secretly calling Mike (with the mic…) – he even had a go at calligraphy, what a star!
Backstage at the papercraft tent and this is where we assembled all of our little boxes, sorted pens and papers and for one terrifying half hour on Saturday lost all of our nibs! (My fault – I left them on the teacher’s desk!). Steve was the best helper I could have had – my boyfriend, roadie, manager, counsellor and tactician. What a star.
After the third calligraphy skills workshop we were done! Time to tidy up, buy a bit of ribbon and head back into Camden for our last gig of the weekend. Before that though… a final few photos as we left the Handmade Fair…
The pompoms were multiplying so fast! Impressive…
We didn’t manage to sneak into the super theatre to see any of Kirstie’s interviews – we’ll put that on the list for next year instead!
(I should explain my hand and the bandage – I’d been running and fallen pretty badly a couple of days before the fair, and I was lucky not to break any bones. I landed on my hand and grazed it quite badly so I just had to cover it to write.)
What a shame we weren’t allowed into the VIP tent, even with our Wizard and Sexpert badges – but the nice security man let us have photos taken with his puppy.
A successful weekend, an amazing experience, and an exhausting one… time for a little snooze amongst the pompoms!
and here you can see the movement of the calligraphy nib as I write:
Would you like to learn calligraphy? Not sure where to begin? It can be tricky finding the right equipment for quirky styles, especially since kits in shops include mainly chisel tip nibs for italics and heavy, gothic lettering. My own kits for sale on Etsy.com have pointed pens and more contemporary alphabet templates, perfect for beginners. Which one is for you?
My standard boxed kit has everything you need to take your first steps on a calligraphy adventure, including a quality A5 notebook with handwritten cover, choice of nibs, guidelines and alphabets.
The luxe calligraphy kit comes with a bigger, personalised notebook, black and white inks, personalised tag and four blank tags for you to write.
In kraft presentation boxes with pretty ribbon (styles may vary) and printed label the kits are presented with the greatest attention to detail and make a perfect gift for anyone of a crafty persuasion!
If you’re looking for a selection of alphabets then I’d suggest ordering my book which has six! www.etsy.com/uk/listing/196057776/teach-yourself-quirky-calligraphy-book…
All are available to buy today at www.Etsy.com/shop/calligraphystore
Brand new from Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com this autumn, these affordable and quirky kraft invitations will delight your guests. They’re charming and pretty, with elements of handwritten calligraphy and full personalisation.
Wedding invitations, personalised with matching envelopes are £2 each. Handwritten calligraphy envelopes are available as an optional extra.
These are designer invites from an independent calligraphy business – professionally designed and printed, with handwritten calligraphy elements. Your guests will adore them, and you can continue the kraft and calligraphy theme right through to your wedding day with reception stationery to match your invites.
The suite includes menus…
… handwritten tags for your wedding favours or place names…
… and handwritten place name tags with a printed motif to match your invitations.
To order, please email me – let me know how many you’d like and I’ll create a custom listing especially for you.
A6 flat invitation, printed one side and personalised with your information £2
C6 blank envelope included
I will send up to two proofs of your invitation design for approval before printing. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery wherever possible (but if you’re in a hurry do ask – I’ll do my best to complete your order more quickly).
Handwritten envelopes £2.85
Printed menus £2
Handwritten tags £1
Handwritten place cards with printed motif £1
Save the Date cards and envelopes £2
RSVP cards and envelopes £1.75
Information cards £1.75
Orders of service £2
Table plans from £80