Have you been inspired to reduce the plastic in your home? Have you wanted to purchase the beeswax wraps in the store, but found that they are a little too pricey? Do you just want to choose different fabrics that suit your unique personality? Why not learn to make the wraps yourself, for a fraction of the store price!
Covid-19 - Max 6 students
Beeswax Wraps – A Comprehensive Class
This two-hour class will teach you everything you need to know from beginning to end. Learn how to prepare your fabric, where to source supplies as well a tried and true method for making the wraps, with little to no mess. These wraps make ideal gifts or hoard them for yourself! We provide a selection of 100% cotton fabric, 2 – 10.5 ”x 12” pieces are included, with the option to purchase more from The Makehouse’s amazing selection of 100% cotton “fat Squares”, or feel free to bring fabric from home, we do recommend that the fabric is cut (pinked) prior to the class and that it is 100% cotton, however pinking shears will be provided in the class too. Workshop fee covers 100g pre-mixed wax cubes, enough wax/resin/oil to complete 8-10 - 10.5 ”x 12” wraps.
Recommended sizes: 6”, 8”, 10” 12” or 14”
Additional pre-mixed wax/resin/oil supplies will be available in class - $10 per 100g = 8-10 wraps depending on size
About Life is a Banquet and how it got started:
I started making beeswax wraps in 2017 after my then 13-year-old step-son took a precious store-bought wrap to school – and promptly misplaced it. When it finally returned home it had old moldy pizza in it. The instructions insisted on cold water wash, but as I am a microbiologist, I was uncomfortable with the ‘ick’ factor and used hot soapy water. Sadly, my precious (and expensive) store bought wrap was ruined. It was at this point that I decided to try to make my own. I started with refined and purified beeswax – that was a fail, as it was purified with organic solvents – super yuck! After a few iterations a formula was created that allowed for warm water wash! The formula is made from unrefined beeswax (there may be a bee bit or two but that is better than an organic solvent IMO), pine resin (this creates a stickiness to the wrap and increases the melting point of the wax) and organic but unrefined jojoba oil (the oil increases the softness of the wrap and also increases the melting temperature of the wax).
Once the formula was created I began sharing my new found knowledge – I taught it to anyone who wanted to learn (and a few that didn’t ! One day I was teaching a fellow Maker, Emma Banner when Emma declared that they must bring this knowledge to the ‘world’ – and so a company was born in late 2019.
About Samantha Harvey
Sam spent nearly 20 years working as a bench scientist, and holds a M.Sc. from the Brody School of Medicine. In 2007 she returned to Canada and took a job doing autopsies at the Jubilee Hospital. For presumably obvious reasons she left this job to obtain her teaching degree! She has been teaching and instructing ever since. Sam is of Coast Salish ancestry, and currently works in Aboriginal Education in SD62. She is a passionate momma, educator, scientist, and crafts person.