Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed creatures. It is derived from the Japanese words ‘AMI’ meaning crocheted or knitted and ‘NUIGURUMI’ meaning stuffed doll.
A basic ability in crochet is required for this workshop, it is not suitable for those who have never picked a crochet needle before. The key skills we will be covering will be crocheting in spiral rounds, creating a magic ring and making invisible decreases.
You will be able to keep your crochet hook and all materials needed to finish your creation at home if it takes you a bit longer to complete. We’ll also included the full pattern so you can make a friend for your creation.
Beginners Embroideryfrom £26.00
On this two hour workshop, you will be encouraged to create your own unique project using basic embroidery stitches.
This course is suitable for those who have never threaded a needle before. If already have experience in embroidery, but have become a little rusty, then it is a fabulous course for reigniting the love for slow stitching. We can also teach more complicated stitches for those with previous experience.
We will start by discussing the different terms in embroidery and the many thread types available. We provide a huge selection of template to choose from that have already been applied to fabric so we can jump straight into the fun part. No art skills needed! We will all start with a basic backstitch, which is the perfect foundation stitch for beginners. We will then teach up to 5 further embroidery stitches so you can make your embroidered piece as complicated or simple as you wish, you have free reign over colours and style.
Our stash of threads and embellishments is rather large, including ribbons, sequins, beads, buttons and gems. We encourage you to jump in and find the perfect additions for your embroidery.
Embroidery isn’t a fast craft and it is unlikely that you will finish your project in this two hour session. You will take home your project and hoop to complete at home, plus a lovely mini stash of needles and threads and two extra templates to continue your new found addiction.
Tea and biscuits plus all materials are provided, suitable for ages 8 and over.
Crafting With The Magpies – Saturday 20th July 2019 10am – 5.30pm£65.00
Crafting with the Magpies is a brand new event for 2019 and it involves 5 crafts in one day. WOW!! Yes, we are that excited we needed to put it in captial letters. These crafts have been specifically chosen to work within a hour time frame each. You need absolutely NO crafting experience at all to join in. All materials are provided and each craft has a specialist tutor to help and guide you through each session.
On arrival at 10.00am at The Flour Mill Studio (there is a flight of steps to climb to access the studio), you’ll be greeted with a prosecco and a good lump of cake. We’ll start with a brief introduction and plan of the day.
At 10.30am we’ll start our first craft, you will be working in groups of 6 per table, but you will do your craft individually. You will have a 15 minute introduction and demo of each craft and then 45 minutes to complete your item. After an hour at each table, the gong will sound and it’s time to move to the next craft!
We will break at half 12 for a well deserved light lunch provided by a lovely local cafe (cake is 100% involved).
At 1.30pm we will continue with two more craft sessions until 3.30pm when we will stop for a glass of prosecco or a nice brew (and of course more cake).
4.00pm will be the start of our final craft and at the stroke of 5.00pm the final gong will sound and it’s time to relax, with a good cup of tea of course. You will be very welcome to chat to our tutors about the crafts from the day and ask any questions. We use this time to have a look at all the lovely work completed throughout the day.
The 5 crafts we have chosen for this event are:
Shibori dyed cotton cushion cover
Mini hoop embroidery
3d sculptured paper picture
Simple book binding – Notebook
Air dry clay trinket tray
If all of this excitement isn’t enough we have one more surprise! Every event attendee will receive a branded Two Little Magpies badge and cotton bag, just perfect for taking your finished crafts home in.
The light lunch will consist of fresh sandwiches and salad plus savoury and sweet nibbles. Please let us know of any dietry requirements as we are inclusive to all and will cater for all and any needs.
Dotee Dollsfrom £26.00
Back in 2008 an Australian lady named Dorothy (Dot) Christian made a small, blob-like fabric doll embellished with beads and created a bit of a phenomenon.
10 years later and we are bringing Dotee dolls to Beeston! They were traditionally made to swap ort gift and spread a little happiness.
There is no right or wrong way to make a Dotee doll, the only rules are no arms or legs, a loop at the top for hanging and a dangly tail.
Dotee dolls are usually 4 to 6 inches in length and can be decorated in any way you like – beads, buttons, sequins, reibbons and embroidery. As much or as little as you like. Your doll could be man or beast, male or female or a bit of a mix!
Any skill level can achieve great results, you don’t have to have any sewing experience at all. We will cover basic sewing techniques, embroidery and stuffing your doll in our session.
These little companion dolls are such fun to create. You can make a personal gift or keep your creation for yourself. You will take home your lovely doll and a goodie bag of treasures such as beads, ribbons and fabric to make more dolls at home if you wish.
All materials are provided plus beverages and light snacks.
Free-Machine Embroidery with Sarah Sewellfrom £38.00
Free-machine embroidery has been described by Kirsty Allsopp as ‘the crack cocaine of the crafting world!’ and we have to agree – it is VERY addictive!
Sarah’s workshop will introduce you to this fascinating art form – it can be described as drawing with your sewing machine. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners (no previous sewing experience required) but is also great as an introduction to a different sewing technique for more accomplished machinists or as a refresher for those that have tried free-machine embroidery before.
You will learn how to set up a sewing machine ready for free-machine embroidery and can have fun practising doodling and ‘writing’ onto fabric. Once you have mastered the basics, you will design and create your own framed textile picture using free-machine embroidery & appliqué techniques.
There will be a selection of fabrics available for you to use in your appliqué design, but you are very welcome to bring your own fabric if you prefer.
At the end of the workshop you will be able to set up a sewing machine for free-machine embroidery and have the knowledge to create your own textile art at home.
Information regarding suitable fabrics and threads etc and where to buy them will also be given to you.
You don’t need to bring anything with you as all tools and materials/equipment will be provided. However, please do feel free to bring your own fabric scraps & photos or pictures to provide inspiration for your framed picture.