Dorset Buttons originate all the way back to the 18th century. Before plastic was used in buttons, folks would use very thin slices from animal horn to create buttons for thick wool coats.
We don't use the traditional animal horn method in this workshop, but we will show you how to make a lovely button from modern materials. Lisa has mastered the art of the Dorset button making and will show you how to create a basic crosswheel pattern that can lead to more elaborate designs if you wish to continue the craft. (We are warning you, it is VERY addictive!)
Lisa will provide everything you need for the workshop PLUS a lovely pack to take home with you that includes everything you need to make another button.
Our teaching methods are very relaxed and we are often complimented on our welcoming environment, so please don't feel unsure about coming along on your own to one of our courses. We provide lots of tea, coffee and fun!
On this relaxed two hour workshop we will earn how to weave using a small wooden frame lap loom. You will learn how to warp your own loom, then finish and create your own woven wall-hanging or decorative fabric. The project will have a focus on texture, pattern and colour and all materials will be included.
We will take you through the process of preparing and choosing your yarn and how to use various fibres and techniques to get you started and then our large stash of yarn and fabric are yours to enjoy.
We use a simple lap loom that is perfect for both children from the age of 6 and adults to engage with this traditional craft and learn to make something new and unique with your own two hands. Once you have the basics down, you will be able to pick and choose your textures and colours at your own pace and taste. You will leave the workshop with a lovely wall hanging, but don't panic! If you don't finish your piece in two hours you can finish it at home. The lap loom you have been using is all yours to keep and take home with you.
This is a very child friendly workshop, but we do ask that under 14's are accompanied by an adult.
This is a 2 hr course and will include hot and cold beverages and lots of lovely biscuits. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to get a brew and get settled, you don’t need to bring anything other than your lovely self. Directions and further information (if needed) will be emailed directly to you two weeks before the course date.