by Caroline Hayes
Main Photo – Free motion embroidery by Sue Cooper
This month we will witness an historic occasion for the country when we celebrate the coronation of King Charles III on 6 May. As well as the pomp and pageantry which we will be able to watch from the comfort of our own homes (or maybe some of us will join the crowds in London), there will be lots of local celebrations which we can get involved with. Maybe you will be taking part in The Coronation Big Lunch on 7 May or The Big Help Out on 8 May.
The festivities and long weekend will be a wonderful time to get creative, maybe you could make flags or bunting to decorate your street for a party. If you enjoyed making an Easter bonnet how about tackling a coronation crown with the children? There are some excellent videos on YouTube to show you how, with a few simple supplies, you can make a crown fit for a King! Or if you visit your local craft shop, or look online, you will find an array of themed craft kits and ideas which would be fun to make and will be a lovely way to remember the occasion.
One of the co-founders of Cranleigh Creatives, Sue Cooper, is a local textile artist and teacher. She recently created an image of King Charles III using free motion machine embroidery which I’m sure you will agree is a remarkable likeness. It is fascinating to watch Sue work and see an image unfolding before your eyes.
The members of Cranleigh Creatives had a busy April with two spring wreath events and two pottery workshops all being sold out.
We are continuing with our monthly social meet ups and this month’s is at the Richard Onslow from 7pm on Wednesday 24 May, everyone is welcome. We have some exciting events coming up including a paint pouring workshop which will be a lot of fun with local artist Laura from Espasa Studio near Shere and a willow weaving workshop with Lorraine from Hedges & Hurdles at Birtley Woodland Art Space.
If you would like to find out more then look for us on Facebook, our group is called Cranleigh Creatives. If you have any questions, or if you’re not on Facebook but would still like to be involved, then send me an email to
We would love for new members to join us and we welcome all levels of crafter, from complete beginners to experts.