The crafters had a great chance to pass theirtraditional craft skills to younger people. This enabledthem not only to work with motivated youth but alsoto learn how to prepare innovative craft sharingworkshop design and get creative ideas from theirlearners about their craft. Young people learned thebasics of woodcarving, weaving, herbalism, heilroomvegetables, cooking, metalwork, glass painting,embroidery, etc. from the experienced crafters. Thisproject brought new relationships and motivated theparticipants to work on new ideas that they candevelop in the future. Most of the participants of thisproject live in rural areas. The project helped them tosee more opportunities that exist within theircommunity and encouraged them to become moreactive. Previously established partnerships amongstakeholders were strengthened, more localcommunity members involved.
- Lithuanians learned traditional Weaving, Herbalism and Woodcarving techniques. The 20-hour training course took 5 days and included plenty of activities indoors and outdoors. The course included theory, but prime emphasis was put on practical activities building knowledge and craft capabilities for future project stages.
- Story Telling and Welsh Cooking courses took place in Wales. Participants left the course immersed in the practice and the history of the oral tradition that has arguably defined cultures and people since before any other art-form, and of course having heard and told surprising, funny, shocking and warm stories.
In Romania, during the course of Glass painting, the crafter (the teacher) explained how to sketch the basic lines on the glass base, using wax crayons or ink pens, the process of choosing the colours and applying paint and even more secrets of this craft. Moreover, Romanian participants were making March Amulets – the talismans, that bring strength and health to people.
Slovenians learned Sewing as well as Pottery and Ceramics. Each participant worked on their own sewing machine provided by trainer in order to learn how to repair old clothes and create new ones. Together with the crafter, they learned how to work with the potter’s wheel as well as practiced making pottery products.
Three courses: Weaving, Metalwork and Heirloom Vegetables were held in Serbia. The participants learned how to produce hand-woven garments using portable loom; how to apply cold forging and metal finishing techniques; and how to grow vegetables from seeds inherited from our ancestors. The young participants had an opportunity to creatively present traditional craft skills gained during the courses of the project.