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Mother's Day workshops

Alberton 1863
Event organized by Alberton 1863

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Handmade for Mother

Founded in 1908 by American Anna Jarvis following a memorial service for her mother (a U.S civil war nurse and peace activist), Mother’s Day was formalised as a celebration of all mothers in 1914 and took off around the world.

Jarvis however soon became disillusioned with the commercialisation of the holiday by retailers and card companies and urged a boycott. Instead of buying gifts and pre-made cards she insisted mothers should be honoured with handmade cards and letters expressing love and gratitude.

In that spirit, flowers & foliage, vintage teacups & glassware and the traditional handicrafts of felting and crochet come together on a programme of activities for Mother’s Day at Alberton this May!

Make something for or with your mum in the ambiance of Alberton's beautiful historic ballroom. All classes are followed by a afternoon tea and the chance to explore the house.

Saturday 12 May

10:30am Vintage tea-cup & glassware arrangements with Olwyn Bertram-Ellison, Floral designer & Alberton's gardener. $55 (2 hours).

10:30am Beaded crochet bowl/jug cover with Megan Mills, heirloom sewer & teacher of traditional handicrafts. $40 (3 hours). Intermediate level.

Sunday 13 May

10:30am Felted, embellished and beaded cards with Evelyn Davis, Artist, Storytelling threads. $45 (2 hours).

To book contact Alberton at alberton@heritage.org.nz or on (09) 846 7367