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
2020 dates now available.
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.
FULLY BOOKED Christmas Crafting With The Magpies – Saturday 7th December 10am – 5.30pm FULLY BOOKED£65.00
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our reserve list.
IT’S CHRISTMAS!! Christmas is the Magpies’ favourite time of year, so how could we not have a extra special christmas crafting session. Our usual 5 crafts in one day, plus mulled wine and mince pies galore. 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 mulled wine and a mince pie. We’ll start with a brief introduction and plan of the day.
At 10.15am we’ll start our first craft, you will be working in groups of 6 – 8 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 (christmas cake is 100% involved).
At 1.30pm we will continue with two more craft sessions until 4.00pm when we will stop for another glass of mulled wine or a nice brew (and of course more chrimbo cake).
4.30pm will be the start of our final craft and at the stroke of 5.30pm 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:
Vintage Fabric Nordic Tomte
Free Standing Wooden Robin
Resin Brooch or Tree Decoration
Paper Flower Indoor Wreath
Marbled Ceramic Baubles
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 wraps, sandwiches and soup 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.
Make a Lampshade with Sarah Sewellfrom £35.00
2020 dates now available.
In this 2 hour workshop, Sarah Sewell of Wildgoose Designs will teach you how to make a fabric-covered 30cm drum lampshade. Your lampshade can be made for a table lamp or pendant fitting (ceiling). Suitable for beginners & absolutely no crafting experience necessary!
A selection of fabric is included in the price but you may wish to bring your own fabric to cover your lampshade (Please note – this needs to measure at least 100cm x 30cm. Medium weight cotton fabric works best for this – please no stretchy or very thick/upholstery fabric)
There will also be a selection of retro cotton fabrics available to purchase (£5 per lampshade) if you prefer.
Extra kits will also be available to purchase at a discount price of £12 per kit (fabric not included).
Needle Felted Creaturesfrom £26.00
Felt is a textile that is produced by matting and knotting natural fibres together. This can be done using a wet or dry method. Needle felting is the dry method of creating 3D felt objects, or further embellishing flat pieces of work. Using special barbed needles and carded wool (from local sheep) you will learn the techniques behind creating a lovely bee brooch and then have a chance to make a little project of your own choice.
We will start by learning about the tools and equipment used in needle felting. We will have lots of samples of wool and fibre to help us learn about texture and form. Each attendee will make a small sample to practise using the needles before we start on a felted bee. You will be shown how to felt different shapes and how to join those shapes together. We will add our bee wings using felt or acetate, little eye embellishments and finally add a little brooch back or an invisible thread to complete our bees.
You will leave the course having learnt a new craft skill. If you fancy, you can also buy a felt kit and wool directly from us to continue at home.
This course is suitable for complete beginners to needle felting or those wishing to brush up their skills. As needle felting involves pushing very sharp needles into felt we recommended attendees are 12 and over (under 16 must be 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.