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'Bring the Outside In' by Katie Wales from Cotton Lily - Guest Writer

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

Have you ever scrolled through those beautiful interior Instagram accounts and sighed, wishing you could have a touch of the Scandi calm they’ve created in your own home? I’ll let you in on a little secret, it's all down to mixing natural textures with clean lines and the easiest way you can start this in your surroundings is to introduce house plants. House plants have so many benefits alongside looking beautiful. They can help fight colds, make your brain work better, improve your sleep and act as a natural air purifier and humidifier. I love many different species of house plants. Aloe Vera, English Ivy and Pothos to name but a few but my all-time favourite has to be the Boston fern. Probably because it reminds me of my Nan and also the foliage is just so delicate and looks stunning when placed in a macrame plant hanger.

When you think of macrame you're probably transported back to the ‘70s but like many things, it’s all come back into fashion. It’s noticeable that people are actively looking for handmade gifts or projects in recent months which ultimately lead to Kirsty and I joining together to bring macrame plant hanger workshops to The Flower Mill at Thorncote green. Who knew that the simple art of knot tying using recycled cotton cord could bring so many like-minded creatives together under one roof.

Attending a workshop with me at Kirsty’s studio is the best way to learn macrame. Each hanger comes ready with pre-cut cords so we can crack on with the fun stuff. I demonstrate each stage slowly and clearly before setting you off to make your creations. If you get stuck I’m there to help you through and no question is a silly one. I can’t wait to get back in the studio to do workshops with you. I love meeting new people, teaching them a new skill, having fun and of course, there's cake too. With the current situation, my workshops are on hold however if you think this is something you or a friend would enjoy, perhaps you have a creative friend's birthday coming up and want to get them something different, gift vouchers are available from my website to use at a later date. So next time you’re scrolling those Instagram accounts, don't feel disheartened, be inspired and come join me soon in a workshop. If you want to learn more about me and my small business, Cotton Lily, please head over to or check me out on Instagram Take care and stay safe Katie

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